Collection: Hydration Support Skin Care - For Dehydrated Skin

 

What is Dry Skin?

First, what is dehydrated or dry skin? The term dry skin refers to skin that is lacking moisture in the outer cell layer(s).

Typically, dry skin has a dull surface with a rough, scaly quality. It is also less pliable.

When dryness is severe, the skin may become inflamed and develop long, narrow cracks. Dry areas of skin may become itchy or even painful, indicating a form of dermatitis (inflammation of the skin) which can occur without a visible rash. 

 

What Causes Dry Skin?

Dry skin is due to abnormalities in the barrier function of the outer layer of the skin. 

Usually, this outer layer has suffered from a reduction in its good fats or lipids and this can be caused by:

  • a change in the ratio of ceramides (lipids that help form the skin’s barrier and help the skin retain moisture), to cholesterol and free fatty acids
  • a reduction in the production of skin cells (keratocytes)
  • protein structure changes in the skin cells 
  • or an increasing skin cell “stiffness” caused by a lack of moisture
  • All these fluctuations can lead to a reduction in skin cells’ capacity to hold water.  

Treatment Recommendations for Dry Skin

The mainstay of treatment for dry skin is moisturisers. You should apply moisturising products liberally and often enough to:

  • reduce itchiness
  • prevent the entry of irritants, bacteria
  • improve the skin’s barrier function and 
  • reduce water loss from the topmost layer of skin.

The texture of the products used is important and depends on the level and severity of the dryness and the damage found in the barrier function of the skin.

 

Your Specific Treatment Plan

The good news is there are several powerhouse ingredients that can treat both the causes and the appearance of dry skin.

These hero ingredients can work together to help the skin’s natural production of hydration and to lock in moisture.  

The information below will talk you through each ingredient and show you how its properties will help improve your skin.

When you’ve learnt how the active ingredients work, you will see how carefully we’ve put your package together.

Keeping up your skin care will be important to maintaining the best results possible. Dr Jeni recommends you establish a good skin care routine with the recommended products and consider subscribing to regular care.

Please keep in touch with us and tell us about your skin journey.

 

Hero Ingredients

Niacinamide is the water-soluble, active form of vitamin B3. 

  • It improves hydration in the skin by increasing the production of ceramides, which are the skin's natural emollients and skin protectants.
  • Niacinamide will improve your skin’s levels of moisture.

Hyaluronic Acid is known for its ability to alleviate dry skin by providing surface hydration. 

  • The hydration enabled by Hyaluronic Acid not only helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but helps to increase wound healing.
  • Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring humectant in the skin. That means it attracts up to 1000 times its weight in water. It draws water to skin cells, providing surface hydration.
  • Hyaluronic Acid will moisturise your skin, make it soft and supple, and help heal scars

Squalane is an exceptional, plant-based, hydrator, sourced from sugarcane. 

  • It reduces the ongoing loss of hydration in the skin that weakens elasticity and suppleness. 
  • It is fast absorbing and non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn’t block pores, making it a good moisturizing agent for all skin types.
  • Squalane will reduce the loss of hydration in your skin cells.

Pycnogenol® is a natural antioxidant, derived from the bark of French maritime pine trees.  

  • It helps make the skin less vulnerable to oxidative stress and the negative effects of UV radiation.
  • Pycnogenol® scavenges for the damaging free-radicals and recycles oxidized vitamin C to restore its beneficial activity. 
  • This special antioxidant can also selectively bind to collagen and elastin and protect them from degradation, enhancing the skin’s elasticity as well as providing support.
  • Pycnogenol® protects skin from oxidative stress and can also protect the skin’s collagen and elastin from degradation.

Amino acids are the building blocks of all proteins and so are essential to skin health. They are found in the skin’s natural moisturizing factors (NMF). 

  • Amino acids play a big role in limiting the loss of skin hydration, commonly referred to as trans epidermal water loss (TEWL).
  • Amino acids help skin cells rebuild and limit their loss of hydration.

Pro Vit B5 is best known for being a humectant, a substance that keeps things moist. It is a natural skin healer and protector – so it hydrates, protects and regenerates. 

  • Provitamin B5 protects the skin’s barrier and helps it withhold moisture. 
  • Provitamin B5 helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Pro-Vitamin B5 will maximise your skin’s hydration and relieve symptoms of irritation. 

Gluconolactone is a PHA, an acid, and is used in skincare formulations for its natural antioxidant benefits (which are as effective as vitamin C and vitamin E).

  • It gently resurfaces the skin, particularly improving the appearance of ageing skin.
  • It is an hydrating ingredient that improves the skin’s texture and tone.
  • It has been suggested that Gluconolactone can protect skin from up to 50% of harmful UV radiation.
  • Gluconolactone moisturises skin, helps resurface skin and protects it from radiation.

Glucosamine is an amino sugar and a naturally occurring substance, found in the connective tissues of the body. It is one of the building blocks of cartilage. 

  • Glucosamine has been shown to accelerate wound healing. 
  • Without irritation, this ingredient increases natural hyaluronic acid production in the skin, improving hydration and decreasing wrinkles. 
  • Glucosamine is an inhibitor of tyrosinase activation and melanin production and so is useful in treating hyperpigmentation.
  • Glucosamine increases the skin’s hydration.

Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble antioxidant and has been in use for more than 50 years in dermatology. 

  • It protects the skin from various harmful environmental effects such as solar radiation. 
  • It assists in various kinds of cellular restoration from sun damage to healing support for skin barrier function.
  • Vitamin E protects skin from harmful UV radiation and helps restore it after sun damage.

Glycolic Acid boosts hydration levels, plumping the skin. It is also an exfoliant. 

  • Glycolic acid helps shed dead skin cells and reveal the newer, brighter layers underneath by acting on the outermost layer of skin.
  • Glycolic Acid plumps and exfoliates the skin.

Salicylic Acid helps the skin to shed dead cells from the top layer and decreases redness and swelling. Salicylic acid decreases redness and swelling.



 

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