No matter how much we take care of our skin during the cold winter months, if we fail to take care of what goes on in the inside, then we're most likely feel the side effects of dry and dehydrated skin as a result. Certain supplements can help fill any nutritional gaps and can help keep your skin healthy & hydrated.
With the combination of cold weather and extra time staying indoors with our radiators on high, it's no wonder why winter time can cause havoc on our skin. And while your first instinct may be to reach for oils, serums & spots creams, you're much more better off tackling the root cause of your dry & dehydrated skin.
A lot of people mistake dry and dehydrated skin as the same issue but actually, they're very different. So let's clear things up first...
Dry Skin vs. Dehydrated Skin - What's The Difference?
Both dry and dehydrated skin have very similar characterisits, but different underlying reasons.
Dry skin is normally a skin type, however it can also be a temporary skin condition. It's caused by a lack of oil in the skin, along with the appearance of small pores. Dry skin will also feel tight, may flake, looks dull and doesn't absorb products easily. If you have dry skin, you'll also find your skin will become irritated very easily.
Dehydrated skin on the other hand, is a skin condition which can affect any skin type. It's caused by a lack of water in the skin (not a lack of water taken orally) and pores can be both large or small. A common symptom is skin feels tight and dry, but will still appear oily. As a result, breakouts may be common as too much sebum is being produced. Unlike dry skin, dehydrated skin will absorb moisturise quickly - hence the reason why we're quick to reach for serums and creams. And last but not least, spots and blackheads will be common and quite visible to the eye.
Skin is made up of 70% water and around 20-30% of that water is found in the epidermis which is the top layer of the skin. In summer time, when most people's skin is healthy & glowing, you'll find that will be because your hydrolipidic film retains moisture and protects the skin against germs. But when the colder months roll around, the moisture in the epidermis evaporates too quickly for the skin and havoc begins.
What causes dehydrated skin?
The main culprit is the environment we live in, and with most of us staying indoors more, the truth of the matter is that our central heating and lack of moisture in the air is causing all sort of problems for our skin.
But that's not just it...
Your diet and your lifestyle can play a huge role too. Eating the wrong foods, not drinking enough water, not consuming enough healthy fats and too much caffeine and alcohol can also cause our skin to become dehydrated - when it comes to our diet, that is. But when it comes to our lifestyle, stress, medication, hormones and the wrong skincare routine can also dehydrate our skin.
While you may want to google the best lotions and potions for dehydrated skin, we recommend healing the skin from the inside out by making adjustments to your diet and adding in a few supplements to fill any nutritional gaps.
Our skin gives us a glance into what is happening throughout the rest of our body, especially in our digestive and immune systems. This is why it's so important to identify and address the root cause of skin issues, rather than paying out fortunes on your skincare routine just to mask it.
Below, are a few of our top Primal products that we recommend for both dry & dehydrated skin...
The most well-know supplement for dry skin. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients found in certain foods, but if your diet lacks these fatty acids, then supplementation is always a good idea. Omega 3 can help regulate the skin's oil production (very important for dehydrated skin), improve balanced skin hydration, subdue breakouts and minimise signs of ageing, which believe it or not, can be a result of dry and dehydrated skin.
While there are so many products on the market claiming to be the best for younger, hydrated skin luckily, collagen has the research to back it up. Collagen is the reason why our skin looks youthful & healthy - it increases the production of hyaluronic acid, which promotes hydration and allows the skin to retain more water.
Collagen is not only for more supple, younger-looking skin and joint health, but is an essential component for healing and sealing the gut (or otherwise known as the 'second brain'). Poor gut health has been linked to a wide range of symptoms, including poor skin health.
Drink Me Gorgeous
Our Drink Me Gorgeous effervescent supplement contains 10 crucial vitamins and minerals for skin health, as well as nail health. Not getting enough vitamins A & E may also contribute to dry skin which thankfully, our Drink Me Gorgeous contains.
It's also collagen formulated, which means it contains vitamin C to help promote natural collagen production.
Vitamin D should be imperative to your supplement routine during the colder months as a lack of sunlight (especially during Covid times as we're kept indoors), can cause vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D also contributes to the overall health of our skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties - particularly important if you suffer from acne.
Of course, it goes without saying that your diet and lifestyle may also need addressing. Start by drinking more water, eating a colourful Primal diet (check out our Health Reset programme if you haven't already), avoiding sugar, using a diffuser at home to add moisture back into the air and practising self-care when you can to limit stress levels.