Thursday 3 February 2011

Dry Skin Vs Dehydrated Skin

Dry skin and dehydrated skin are often confused with one another as the symptoms are so similar; tight, flakey, rough and even uncomfortable. Dry skin is caused by not having enough oils in the skin whereas dehydrated skin is from not having enough water in the skin. The lack of water in the skin isn’t necessarily from drinking too little – it could just be that your skin needs a helping hand now that the weather outside is particularly harsh, and/or the heating and air conditioning inside is taking some of the water out of your skin.

It is possible that if you have dry skin it’s a genetic thing – however nowadays it’s thought that the most common cause of dry skin is actually brought about by harsh chemicals that occur in commercial soaps and cleansers. These soaps and cleansers can strip away the natural oils in the skin that are necessary for keeping moisture in the skin.

If you've been reading my recent blog posts you'll probably notice I've recently been trying to go organic with a lot of my skin care products in the hope that I will eventually have the perfect complexion! I am noticing a marked improvement already and I’ve only switched to organic for a few weeks now.

Here are a few of my latest organic moisturisers:

Pai organic skincare for sensitive skin. I really like the Pai skincare range, and can't believe I didn't discover it sooner. It was rated the number one organic skincare brand by Grazia UK! Pai's simple yet effortlessly pretty packaging leaves you knowing exactly what you're getting. It even tells you on the packaging just how organic the products are!

If like me, you won’t go anywhere without a bit of eye make-up on, you’ll know just how damaging on the eyes removing it can be. Rubbing the eyes to remove make-up can leave them red and sore, so you need something that is going to sooth your delicate irritated skin. 

Pai's Echium Anti-Ageing eye cream is rich in Gamma Linolenic Acid and Stearidonic Acid - naturally occurring ingredients with proven anti-ageing properties. I checked on the website as I wasn’t exactly sure what these acids were. “Stearidonic Acid is a rare form of omega 3 that helps to regenerate skin and smooth fine lines. Recent research has shown that Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) has strong anti-ageing and cell regeneration properties.  Echium is the richest known natural source of both Stearidonic Acid and GLA, and many are calling it the new "wonder ingredient" for anti-ageing products”

The Avocado and Jojoba hydrating day cream from Pai is suitable for all skin types, it says on the website to  “apply to face and neck whenever your skin needs a moisture top-up.” I’ve been using mine before bed as a hydration mask. The avocado oil hydrates the skin, and the jojoba improves the suppleness of the skin. There is also thistle oil in this product, which apparently reduces open mores and promotes skin absorption! 

Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Luxurious Moisturising lotion… technically it’s a body lotion, but I just leave this one at work and use it a few times a day as a hand lotion, it’s full of indulgent ingredients such as vitamin E and macadamia nut oil which leave my hands feeling nourished and soft without feeling greasy. You can view the full Aubrey organics range here.

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