Dehydrated skin lacks sufficient moisture in the cellular system and can look dull and dry. In normal, healthy skin, epidermal moisture levels are approximately 20-30%. However, dehydrated skin exhibits moisture levels of less than 10%. Dry skin occurs as internal and external factors strip the skin of natural oils reducing its ability to regulate moisture. A person can experience various levels of skin dehydration. Whatever the severity of the condition, dry skin causes irritation and discomfort to the sufferer.
BIO-OIL & DRY SKIN
Bio-Oil is an extremely effective moisturizer for dry skin. It’s unique formulation of mineral oils, vitamins and plant extracts provide calming and hydrating benefits to the skin. Bio‑Oil helps supplement the skin’s natural oils which can be stripped away by lifestyle and environmental factors.
Mineral oil works both as an emollient, keeping skin soft and smooth, and as a moisturizer, preventing the development of dry skin. It functions by reducing the rate at which water vapor is naturally lost through the skin’s surface. Mineral oil works together with other base oils in the Bio-Oil formulation to deliver the vitamins (A and E) and plant extracts (Calendula, Rosemary, Lavender and Chamomile oils) to the skin where they can enact their benefits.
The vitamins present in Bio-Oil serve to lock in moisture to the skin. Vitamin A keeps the skin soft and supple while Vitamin E increases the moisture content of the epidermis.
Bio-Oil’s use of plant extracts help to reduce irritation and inflammation caused by dry skin. Calendula oil can be used to treat dry, sensitive skin. It reduces inflammation and combats irritation caused by dry skin. Lavender and rosemary oils condition and provide a calming and soothing benefit while also producing mild antiseptic effects. Chamomile oil is an anti-inflammatory and is particularly beneficial for sensitive skin.
Bio-Oil’s breakthrough ingredient, PurCellin Oil™, acts as an emollient making the skin soft, smooth and supple. What’s more, Bio-Oil is clinically proven to be hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic meaning it is gentle on sensitive skin and won’t block pores. Regular use of Bio-Oil will provide lasting relief from dry skin.
COMMON CAUSES OF DRY SKIN
Winter weather. In general, skin is driest in winter, when temperatures and humidity levels plummet. Harsh conditions and dry air can leave your skin parched.
Frequent bathing. The combination of hot water and soaking can strip your skin of its protective oils. Frequent swimming, particularly in heavily chlorinated water can also cause drying effects on the skin.
Harsh soaps and detergents. Many soaps and detergents strip moisture from your skin. Use of hand sanitizers with high concentration of alcohol also dehydrate the skin.
Central heating and air-conditioning. Central heating systems, space heaters and fireplaces all reduce humidity causing drying of the skin.
Sun exposure. Sun has drying effects on skin, and its ultraviolet (UV) radiation penetrates the epidermis and depletes the skin’s supply of natural lubricating oils.
Age. As you get older hormone levels change which can leave the skin thin and lacking in moisture
Diet. Skin cells are wrapped in a protective bubble of lipids (fats) that help keep them soft, plump, and flexible. Including adequate amounts of fatty acids in your diet is essential to maintain this protective wrap.
Irritants. Certain fabric fibers like wool can irritate the skin making it dry and itchy.
Not drinking enough water. It is recommended to drink 2 liters of water every day to remain hydrated. If the body is not adequately hydrated the skin will lose moisture and become dry.