We are in week 4 of the skin sins series – blog posts dedicated to discussing lifestyle habits that can wreak short- and long-term havoc on your skin. We've talked about some major no-no's so far, like sugar, skipping sleep, and smoking – but this week We're covering a somewhat trickier sin: dehydration.
Unlike a dry skin type that's chronically caused by a lack of skin lipids, dehydration is a temporary condition caused by lack of hydration or trans epidermal water loss (TEWL – where water molecules are lost via the epidermal layer of the skin). While it has many causes, dehydration only means one thing for your skin: discomfort. Inadequate hydration can lead to skin that feels dry and tight, and can eventually lead to a rough, scaly, flaky, or cracked texture. The difficult thing about quenching your skin's thirst is knowing what dehydrates it in the first place. Here are 4 things you might be doing to dry out your skin, and solutions for each of them:
1. You're going cleanser crazy.
Cleansers aren't one-size-fits all, and using one that strips your skin's protective hydrolipidic barrier away leaves you more vulnerable to TEWL. Know your skin type and choose a cleanser that's gentle enough for you, but still effective.
2. You've tuned out toner.
Toning your skin post-cleanse restores its natural pH, leaving it ready to absorb essential ingredients from the products that follow. Forgetting it can mean your skin doesn't reap all of the benefits a hydrating serum or moisturizer has to offer. At the same time, using harsh, alcohol-based toners can leave your skin thirsty. Use a water-based hydrating facial toner to replenish moisture and prep skin for the rest of your routine.
3. You've encountered medication dehydration.
Certain medications like decongestants can dehydrate you. Quench your thirst by upping your fluid intake and supercharging your daily skincare routine with a skin serumloaded with hyaluronic acid – a molecule that can hold up to 1000x its weight in water and bind it to the surface of your skin. Applied after your toner, it will help smooth and hydrate and even boost the efficiency of your moisturizer.
5. You're forgetting about your body!
Your skin doesn't stop below your neck, so why should your skin care? Smooth away dry, rough joints and get rid of dull skin cells with an ultra-rich body creme. Apply it just after you get out of the shower (remember to keep the water warm, not hot) so your skin stays smooth and protected throughout the day.
Could your skin use some extra hydration? Tell us your biggest skin sin in the comments below and stay tuned for another skin sin reveal next week!
I’ve been living on cold medication the past few weeks. Now I know my skin has been SO dry.
Crows feet dark circles and fine lines so scAry! !
I try and use warm water…but sometimes the hot water just feels so good in winter! I also forget to put sunscreen on my hands most of the time.
I would like this awesome cream to stay hydrated and silky smooth.
I need it to protect my skin from the elements.
I occasionally forget my bedtime skin care regimen. I always pay for it the next day with breakouts and dull skin.
Good article, thanks for posting. Winter is always such a bad season for my skin, my hands get so dry!
i have tuned out toner
I need this because my skin gets so dried out in the winter especially living in Vermont and I love Bioelements for my face care but haven’t used many of the body care products. I would love to be able to recommend it to others as well.
My skin is so chapped and dried out from the cold air and lack of moisturizing.
Central heating is the the culprit.
I forgot to mention my skin sin not enough moisturization.
Winter time is always the roughest for me my skin is always cracked rough and bleeds do to the soreness.
It’s winter in MI and my skin is so dry and windburnt…I also take hot showers which feels great but makes me drier. I really need some moisture!
My son and I have very itchy skin and always in need of a good moisturizer. Love to try this product.
My skin is going through a dry spell right now. The winter cold wreaks havoc on my skin and I would love to win to get some extra help in the repair and defense departments.
I am a transplant from the very humid, south Louisiana to North Carolina. I just can’t get enough moisture.
Living in the north, dry non-humidified indoor air wrecks havoc on my skin. I need to drink more water than I do and moisturize my skin more that once a day.
I’m so good about using my moisture positive cleanser, power peptide, moisture x10 and crucial moisture on my face, but am always neglecting the rest of my body!!!
It would be a blessing.
Dehydration due to not enough water intake..
As the thermostat goes up my skin feels drier! Sometimes I’ll take 2 showers in the winter to take the chill off! That with eczema means I need moisture! Help!
I clean without gloves. Terrible for my hands!
My skin is so dry that my stretch marks bleed. every product that i have tried just soaks right up.
I’ve encountered medication dehydration! I’m on medication for health issues and my skin is soooo dry. I need something nourishing to relieve & moisturize my poor skin!
The skin is the largest organ, when spread out, its covers approximately 20sq ft…. thats alot of hydration
My skin sin is drinking caffeinated drinks instead of water!
Not drinking enough H2O!!!!
My winter skin sin? There are 3: not moisturizing daily-winter in a cold climate can be brutal and very drying; medication dehydration- prescription medications can cause overall dehydration and being diabetic skin tends to be even drier; low water intake-drinking water is difficult especially during the winter.
I always take scorching hot showers and then forget to put moisturizer on my body. Living in the desert makes that so much worse. haha!
My skin sin is HOT showers often not followed by moisturizing.
I drink plenty of water but I believe skin hydration is two-fold; nurture on the inside as well as the outside for optimal results.
since menopause my skin is just so dry
I recently turned 50, going through menopause and my skin gets extremely dry and cracked in the winter. I’ve tried just about every type of lotion and creme out there and either they soak in so fast they don’t really work or they are TOO greasy it feels gross to put my clothes on afterwards. Please HELP :) Thank you
my hand are always in water so they get dry this would be amazing to try
My biggest problem is the need to exfoliate more often as I get older.
Last few years my skin has taken a turn. Wrinkles, dry and just not as radiant. Looking for something that will help this aging process.
Biggest skin sin is not always making sure I leave the house with sunscreen on.
I really struggle with dry skin in the winter. Thanks for the tips!
My skin has been very dry and would love to try this product! I live in a cold climate and it makes you want to take a hot shower but your skin gets super dry. Please pick me!
I drink lots of water. But, because of my workouts, my body needs more water. It is also really cold right now and my skin tends to get dry anyway.
My skin sin is skipping putting lotion on my legs. I’m usually running late and it’s impossible to put skinny jeans on freshly moisturized legs! Then you get the snow effect when you take them off or your long socks! Gross but true! South Dakota skin snow ! Lol I need a product that dries quickly. I use Bioelements Calmitude Sensitive Skin Facial Moisturizer and it’s awesome!
My skin gets VERY dry during the winter and vitalization feels wonderful!! Its the perfect cure!
I’ve for sure forgotten about my body since I’m soo busy with my kids and what they need
I need Bioelements Vitalization Body Creme to help repair all of my years of skin sinning.
Once the first cold day arrived here in Wisconsin, I could already feel my skin dry. It itches so much, I try not to take really hot showers, but it feels soooo gooood. I would love to try this product. I have some BioElements products I love!
My skin sin is not always using my moisturizer..even tho it takes literally 20 seconds! My skin gets dry very fast !
My skin sin is using extra hot water in the shower on cold winter mornings.
My skin gets so dry in the winter. Im a faithful user of Bioelements & always looking to expand my product collection :)
We are all guilty of at least one of the skin sins! Bioelements Vitalization is a great and amazing product to correct these “sins”! I love Vitalization because not only does it make my skin moisturized and hydrated, but it is not sticky and my skin absorbs it right away :)
I have to take medication for fibromyalgia. It really makes my skin dry and itchy. I would love something to give me some relief.
I recently moved from humidity to a VERY dry climate. Its been very harsh on my skin and winter is only making it worse. This would definitely revitalize my skin and bring back that healthy, hydrated look and feel my skin once had!
Wi winters are so harsh on the skin!!
I like to use it after a shower!
I currently live in Iowa, I will be relocating to Colorado in January. My skin on my legs and hands are dry now but from what I’ve heard will be worse with the move. I want my skin for feel smooth for longer then a few minutes after I moisturuze . I knew with age my skin would change but I had no idea how much. Do you have products for shaving and body wash? I am interested in learning about different options. Thanks!
Water with electrolites could help your body stay more hydrated and replenished. And that will show on your skin.
Enough water is the key! And a good body moisturizer will help.
I have eczema, and I have a bad habit of skipping the body creme. I try to remember.
I don’t always wash my face every night:(
Living in Minnesota where it’s currently negative temperatures is brutal on my skin. I’m not always great with drinking all of the water that I should be either!
My skin-sin is sometimes forgetting to apply product to my neck.
worked a 12 hours day last week and think I only drank one small glass of water. Not good – hydration sin. I paid for it that night and the next day. ugh!ntvollowitz at aol dot com
Thanks for the information. I DON’T use a tonernMy skin is so dry.
My skin needs it badly it gets so dry in the winter!!
My skin sin is not being on makeup, love to keep vitalized instead :)
My skin gets so dry in the winter from the cold weather. I try to stay as hydrated as possible and I will try to follow your advice. Thanks. Please pick me. :)
My biggest skin No No is not moisturizing enough and not making sure I drink enough!! Plus it used rubbing alcohol to try and clear acne up!! Yikes bad mistake!!!!
My biggest skin sin is not using toner or drinking enough water…after just having a baby I’ve really neglected my skin and I’m paying for it! :(
My skin is always thirsty and cracked, I could also introduce my clients to the benefits of vitalization. I was trained as an esthetician with all bioelements products and love them!
Must have extra nourishment in Winter!! I don’t want to turn into the Sahara Desert! Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!
My skin has never been so dry since I became pregnant! I’ve tried all kinds of lotions and nothing seems to do the trick! Help! :)
My biggest skin sin is not using toner or drinking enough water. I never drink anything so I am sure my skin is always dehydrated! :(
As an esthetician still in school and as much as I ADORE all of the Bioelements products it is hard to reccomend something you haven’t tried before. Lots of clients have been coming in very dry and dehydrated. From the sounds of it this cream is luxurious and intensely moisturizing. Bring on the moisture!
Have very dry skin. Needs a good moisturizer
I have a hard time drinking enough water, especially during the winter months. I have very dry skin, so I use the moisture positive cleanser and crucial moisture for my face. I would love to try this out too!
Have very dry skin and would like to try it.
I def need to drink more water! It’s hard to force myself to. But I know my skin def soaks up the benefits when I do:)
My skin sin is a hot shower which leaves my skin so dehydrated :(
My skin is so dry I may need to consult a doctor! NEED MOISTURIZER! (that works!) LOL!
my skin is always extra dry :(
I love bioelements I use it everyday I love that you can mix your products with others..my face is dry and since using your products made a difference I would love to win to use it all over my body!
My biggest skin sin is NOT always applying lotion/body cream to my entire body instead of just focusing on certain areas
My biggest skin sin is always applying lotion/body cream to my entire body instead of just focusing on certain areas!
I am an esthetician as well as an esthetics teacher, and while I definitely know better, I tend to not practice what I preach! Never enough time to take care of myself. I try to be good to my face, but my poor body gets left out!
My skin gets extremely itchy from dryness in the winter.
Because as an esthetician taking care of other peoples skin all the time, I forget to take care of my own. Especially this time of year when it’s so dry out.
I am definately guilty of number 5. But my skin is mainly dehydrated. I forget to drink enough water/: Bioelements is amazing. Which is why I use it on myself & my clients!
My skin is dry enough in the summertime, I am a raisin in the winter!! My husband and I are finding new ways to reconnectat the end of the day – a back rub with this would be a fabulous addition. I can’t wait to slather this all over after a shower!
I do not drink any water, unless I cook with it. Si I definitely would benefit from this product.
I’m definitely guilty of number five, my face gets lots of Bioelements love, but the rest of my body isn’t so fortunate. With the colder weather, my skin had become far dryer and could certainly benefit from this! Thanks, Bioelements!
My biggest skin sin is being too cold n tired in the winter yo take my makeup off. This leads to clogged pores, zits and a blotchy complexion.
I drink more water than I do coffee
My skin is so thirsty! Baby number two must be sucking all the moisture out of my body ;)
As I get more interesting (aka “older”) I find hydration to be my biggest challenge. I use Bioelements and love it, as do my clients. Would love a gift of hydration for me!
My dry winter skin needs more moisture and hydration
My skin is dry and itchy from the cold winter weather and being pregnant at the same time is not helping my skin at a all!
every skin needs nourishment, especially in the winter, my skin is no exception
we recently switched to heating our house with a wood burning stove and my skin seems drier than normal
A must have in the winter time here in the mid west. Only moisturizer that I don’t need to keep re applying. Smells great!
Comments will be approved before showing up.
Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now
my skin sin is not drinking enough water. Especially durring the winter. i also don’t always moisturize the rest of my dody until it is so dry and flakey.