Tips For Dry Skin from Amy Velten, Beverly Hills Facialist

Amy Velten is a clinical esthetician (facialist and skin care expert) based in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. She is an authority on skin and knows the Hollywood trade secrets (old and new) behind achieving a natural looking, radiant, glowing and healthy complexion. Her clients call her the skin whisperer, she's highly qualified and has kindly imparted some of her knowledge, giving away some of her best beauty secrets and tips on how to manage dry skin to Detox Health Beauty....


As skin is the biggest organ of the body and mostly made up of water, it would be easy to point the blame finger at a lack of water when it comes to dehydration. Just losing two per cent of the body's water volume in a day can lead to mild dehydration problems. If however, you are dutifully drinking your two litres a day, your skin could still become dehydrated thanks to a number of internal and external factors. Water is the second most important nutrient in the body. The oxygen we breathe is the first essential nutrient. Water plays a critical role in every vital bodily process. It is the missing link to finding true empowerment over your health. Most diseases can be eliminated with proper hydration and as the body is restored to it’s natural slightly alkaline state, the systems can function properly.

Internally, the declining of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone can result in loss of collagen and skin elasticity, cause a thinning of the skin, making it more prone to dehydration. In the long term, dehydration can damage the skin. Let’s look at how the skin is damaged from dehydration. The skin is the largest excretory organ in the body and removes toxins through it’s pores when we sweat. The body has chronic internal dehydration and the toxins build up in the system because our digestion comes to a halt. The digestion slows because the enzymes we need to digest are not produced. When we do not eliminate the waste, it builds up in our system and allows infections to occur in the skin. It can also cause psoriasis, wrinkles and other skin problems. This can even cause premature aging due to toxic build-up.

Externally, our environmental conditions weaken our skin. Over-exposure to the sun, cold and wind are responsible for dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin is less effective as a protective barrier and therefore your skin tends to react easily to active ingredients or outside elements. This is known as sensitive skin. By adding water back into the skin or bringing balance back to the Stratum Corneum, your skin becomes stronger, healthier and less reactive. Through sun exposure, ultra violet rays breakdown fibers in our skin know as elastin. The sun also absorbs water from you skin. This wear on elastin fibers results in the inability for the skin to snap back into shape, resulting in wrinkles. Further water loss in the top layer of our skin through external aggressions leads to lines and wrinkles looking deeper and more pronounced. In addition to these pronounced lines and wrinkles, when your skin is lacking in water additional lines are developed adding to the look of prematurely aged skin. Even taking long hot showers or baths can contribute to dehydrated skin as it draws moisture out of the skin.

Now, what can we do to save our skin?

Drink hydrating fluids with every meal and snack to boost your intake. Carry a reusable water bottle with you at all times - it'll make it easier to drink up when you're thirsty. Keep a water bottle on your desk as you're more likely to drink water if it's close at hand. Drink before, during and after exercise to prevent dehydration, especially when exercising outside.

Add electrolytes drops to your water. Electrolytes regulate our muscle and nerve functions and our body's hydration and blood pressure. They also help with rebuilding damaged tissue. When you exercise, you sweat and naturally lose a lot of water and salt through your pores. One of the most uncontrolled culprits to premature dry skin may be an electrolyte imbalance.

Eat your water! Veggies and fruit are made of mostly water. Snack on strawberries and cucumbers instead of pretzels and popcorn.

Taking supplements like vitamin E and C will help your skin’s cells hold more moisture and elasticity.

Swap your regular morning latte for a green tea, which contains catechins and potent antioxidants along with the water to keep skin hydrated.

Stock up on omega-fatty acids by adding salmon, mackerel, almonds, walnuts and flaxseed to your diet, which will give your skin that fresh, dewy glow.

Potassium (along with its electrolyte brethren) is vital in replenishing the body and foreseeing the proper function of our cells, tissues and organs – including the skin.

Hydrate your skin with hyalauronic acid. HA carries up to 1,000 times its weight in water, and its hydrophilic nature makes it the top ingredient to put on your skin. When you’re buying, look for a serum containing hyaluronic acid – it will be more likely to penetrate down to where it can really plump out fine lines.

Seal in your skin with a good barrier protecting moisturiser. Look for one containing emollients such as shea butter, essential lipids, squalene oil and argan oil.

Anyone who suffers from dehydration or conditions associated with dehydration can benefit from IV hydration/vitamin treatment. These therapies treat a number of conditions and enhance overall health and wellness.

Make sure your household and work environment has proper humidity in their structure. If too dry, add a humidifier to your bedroom and office space.

And remember, alcohol is a dehydrator. Please drink a glass of electrolyte water after each alcoholic beverage. You will thank me in the morning!


Sheena Skinner