Q: What is the cause of dry skin?
As you go about your day, from facing the sun when you are outdoors to spending time in air-conditioned rooms when indoors, your skin experiences gradual moisture loss. This moisture loss is formally known as transepidermal water loss and is a common condition in which water/moisture passively evaporates through the layers of the skin, including the topmost layer, i.e. the barrier.
Q: How can I improve the hydration of my skin?
For hydrated and plump skin, you need humectant-rich skincare solutions that contain Vitamin E - a potent antioxidant and hydrating ingredients, to deeply moisturise and nourish your skin.
Q: Why is maintaining an optimal pH level so important?
The pH level of the skin refers to how acidic or alkaline it is. When skin is too acidic (Low pH), it results in breakouts whereas when it is too alkaline (High pH), it results in dryness. On a scale of 1-14, with 1 being the most acidic to 14 being the most alkaline, 7 is considered a neutral reading. For your skin to remain healthy, its pH level should read between 4.5 to 5.5.
Q: My hands do not feel dry. Do I still need a hand cream or serum?
Hands are used every day and as the years go on, your hands lose moisture and nourishment. It’s as simple as wear and tear! As we age, we use our hands more and more and this results in scaling and dryness. Our hands also give away our age rather easily. Therefore, when we start using a hand cream early on, it helps prevent collagen breakdown and delay the signs of ageing; keeping hands looking young and fresh, always.
Q: Should I use a hydrator and moisturiser for my dry skin issues?
Moisturizers are oil-based ingredients. They work by creating a seal on the surface of skin which prevents water from escaping. They also make the skin feel smoother and less dry.
Hydrators contain ingredients called humectants, such as glycerine or hyaluronic acid, that absorb water from the atmosphere or your skin and hold it in place on your skin.
Q: What environmental factors cause skin to age faster?
Ultraviolet rays also release unstable molecules called free radicals. These free radicals affect the skin’s ability to hold moisture, causing dryness.
Q: What is the first sign of skin ageing?
Conditions cause the signs of ageing to appear on your face. These signs appear on the skin in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, dark spots, open pores, uneven skin tone as well as dull and dry skin.
Q: I apply sunscreen, so can I skip day cream. What is the difference?
A day cream is primarily applied on skin to prevent dryness in the skin. A sunscreen is applied on to the skin to protect it from damage.
To restore moisture to your skin:
-Drink plenty of water
-Limit your consumption of coffee and alcohol
-Maintain a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables with high water content such as cucumber, watermelon, zucchini and gourds
-Use sun protection daily,
-Try to reduce stress by adopting some meditative techniques