Is your skin dehydrated? Dehydrated skin can lead to premature lines and wrinkles, congestion and a dull skin tone. So, what’s the solution? Drinking enough water might only be part of the solution, especially if you have an impaired skin barrier. An impaired barrier leads to accelerated trans-epidermal water loss aka TEWL – TEWL is basically a fancy term which means that water in your skin is evaporating off it.
To maintain a healthy, strong skin, don‘t over-do it with harsh cleansers and face scrubs as these will only disrupt your barrier. It is imperative that you are nourishing your skin with essential fatty acids and maintaining a healthy balance of ceramides/lipids. This will be helped through a diet containing good fats – your omega3s which are found in foods including fatty fish (mackerel/salmon/tuna), nuts (eg walnuts/almonds), seeds (eg chai/flax seeds) and vegies including broccoli, avocado and spinach.