Dry and Dehydrated Skin
There is a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin, despite the fact that these two words are typically used interchangeably. Rarely discussed and rarely delineated, many people believe their skin is dry, when really it is dehydrated. This misunderstanding is why so many people struggle with feeling that no matter what they put on their skin it never feels properly moisturized. True hydration is often the missing link in skin that feels dry or depleted.
The difference is simple. Dry skin is lipid-deficient. Dehydrated skin is water-deficient. Moisture comes from oils. Hydration comes from water. This is one of the core reasons why Oil Serums and HydroSouls are so widely effective and accepted by all skin conditions.
It is interesting to note that even skin that is oily, is also often dehydrated, Dehydration is one of the most common conditions of skin, and in many cases, people misidentify their skin as dry, when really the issue is dehydration.
If you have dehydrated skin, slathering or layering on moisturizers, lotions, or even oils by themselves, will not solve the issue. In order to remedy dehydration you need to hydrate the skin. Our solution is to saturate the skin with HydroSoul.
Caring for Dry + Dehydrated Skin
A variety of factors can cause dryness and dehydration within the skin. It can be the dry nature of your environment, the changing of seasons, hormonal fluctuations, diet, stress, internal dryness/dehydration, or a compromised hydrolipid barrier.
While there are slight variations in how to ideally care for dry skin vs. dehydrated skin, the foundational approach is the same. This is how we address both dryness and dehydration by topical application.
Create authentic moisture/hydration levels by supporting the hydrolipid barrier with daily application of Oil Serum and HydroSoul.
Topically, as with all skin, our foundational ritual is always to cleanse, apply Oil Serum and HydroSoul twice daily and a weekly clay mask to draw out the appearance of impurities.
For dry skin you may want to use richer and more protective oil, like Pomegranate Repair Serum, the most comforting and nourishing of our Oil Serums. Argan Intensive Serum is another excellent choice for dry skin since it is abundant in oleic acid (omega 9), the essential fatty acid studies have shown to be deficient in dry skin. Or sometimes simply choosing the richest most protective of them all -- Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf — and using that as your oil serum. Add a pea sized amount to your palm, mist seven or more sprays of HydroSoul, blend the two together in hands, and then gently press or massage into skin.
The gentle exfoliation of either one of our clay masks, used weekly clears pores of impurities, allowing the skin to properly absorb nutrients, moisture and hydration. For it’s soft, soothing and beautifully refining effects, our favorite clay for dry skin is French Rose Clay.
Another masking option for soothing dry skin is to apply a thicker layer our Whipped Shea Butter. This easy, simple, yet remarkably restorative practice is deeply penetrating, profoundly nourishing, softening, calming and fortifying. Even the most flaky, dry, irritated and unhappy skin becomes calm, soft, luminous and moisturized after this special treatment.
Take a warm, damp washcloth and lay it over your face, pressing into your cheeks, forehead and chin. Remove cloth as it cools down, rewet with hot water, wring it out, and repeat the steaming process as many times as you need to until all of the shea butter has absorbed into the skin. This usually requires about three or four rounds of steaming.
Once you’ve finished steaming in the shea, asses your skin to determine how to finish your ritual. Does your skin want a simple misting of HydroSoul? Does it want a little Oil Serum with the HydroSoul? Does it want a little bit more Whipped Shea as a final seal of moisture? Uses your senses and intuition to choose what is right for you in the moment.
“our favorite solution for dehydration is the frequent saturation of the skin with pure plant HydroSouls”
The loss of body fluids through the skin is known as transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Simply put, TEWL is the evaporation of water/hydration from the body. It can be the result of your environment, a compromised hydrolipid barrier, a change in the seasons, et cetera.
To address TEWL providing water alone is not enough; the skin needs to be able to hold onto it. This is where oils come in. Paired together, in re-creation of the skin’s essential hydrolipid barrier and mimicking the skin’s own moisture/hydration strategy, Oil Serums and HydroSouls anchor hydration and moisture into the skin unlike anything else.
When the skin’s protective hydrolipid barrier is intact, its ability to retain hydration is enhanced. You can learn more about the importance of the skin’s hydrolipid barrier, and our foundational protocol of combining Oil Serums and HydroSould to support it, here.
Through Evan’s decades of experience, and countless plan ingredients, our favorite solution for dehydration is the frequent saturation of the skin with pure plant HydroSouls.
These simple, magical, ancient plant waters provide ideal hydration replenishment, balance the skin’s pH, plump, nourish, and tone. HydroSouls contain the water-soluble elements of plants, the cellular water from within the plant, compounds the plant produces to help retain moisture in its own form, antioxidants, and a unique array of different skin balancing and beautifying phytonutrients. HydroSouls are the missing link to authentic hydration.
Our protocol for dehydrated skin has just a slight adjustment from our foundational oil/water/seal ritual to focus specifically on dehydration.
After cleansing, apply lots of HydroSoul. Generous, drenching amounts of HydroSoul. Significantly more than you’d think you could need. Mist until your skin is saturated, press in with palms, then mist again and repeat.
Apply two pumps of your favorite Oil Serum, then mist with HydroSoul again, and press into the skin.
SEAL in the hydration and moisture you’ve just fed your skin with a protective layer of Whipped Shea Butter with Olive leaf or Whipped Patchouli Vanilla Shea Butter, Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm (this can be used all over the face as a face balm), or Sheer Tint Sun Stick SPF 30. The sealing is an integral step, as it prevents transepidermal water loss, and locks in the therapeutic hydration and moisture you’ve just fed your skin with your HydroSoul and Oil Serum application.
It’s a simple as that. Skin loves HydroSoul. You’ll notice an immediate difference in the tone, glow, suppleness and hydration levels of your skin with the saturate-press-repeat technique, and the effects will last all day when you follow it up with an Oil Serum and Butter or Balm to seal it all in.