Did you know that water is the main ingredient in most health and beauty products especially products designed to support the skin? It may be the most abundant ingredient though it is also the most misunderstood.
You have probably heard that water is essential for every physiological process, though do you think of water first when you want healthier skin? That answer is probably not. Your skin needs adequate water on a daily basis for enzymes in your skin to create new cells and remove dead cells. People who are dehydrated show noticeable differences in their skin’s overall look and smoothness. Dehydration that causes major skin issues if a chronic problem that is more than just a few hours of not having any water.
Dry skin doesn’t necessarily mean that you are dehydrated. Dry skin issues can be caused by different factors that need to be taken care of. The most important aspect to fight dry skin is to create a barrier for your skin. The environment impacts your dry skin when the temperature cools down and when humidity lowers.
I didn’t know I had a skin barrier. Your skin barrier is the layer of tissue that is in the middle of layers that form your skin. The epidermis is full of healthy fatty acids, cholesterol, and ceramides. This barrier layer when in good health is responsible for maintaining proper moisture and prevents irritations.
Why your skin dries out is that the barrier is broken which allows the outside environment to absorb water out of your skin. You often experience this as allergic and irritable reactions of your skin. Winter months do the most damage as your skin struggles to hold in moisture and prevent your skin from drying up.
How do we over come dry skin? One of the best ways is to add your own extra layer of protection. Moisturizers are typically made from the same types of compounds that make up your own barrier layer like fatty acids, cholesterol, and ceramides. Most moisturizers are a cheap and effective way especially in the winter to increase your skin’s barrier.