31 January 2014There is a difference between dry and dehydrated skin, says a leading Indian health website – and whichever a person suffers from will determine the best treatments available to tackle the symptoms. Dry skin is a genetic or hormonal condition, writes Shubhra Krishnan in an article for Care2.com, while skin becomes dehydrated as a result of dietary and/or environmental factors.Yet, she adds, there is a number of common solutions for both conditions, which can help restore skin feeling their effects. They include: - bathing or showering in cool, not hot, water, as the heat strips the skin of its natural, protective oils - drinking lots of water, to promote skin cell regeneration - exfoliating regularly to encourage a clear-out of dead skin cells so new cells can develop - using a humidifier in the home to help retain the moisture sucked out of the air by modern central heating systems - "doubling up" on hydration, by applying a layer of a cleansing facial oil before putting on moisturiser each day "Both oil and moisture are important for maintaining skin balance," Ms Krishnan says. "The lack of either can cause skin to look sallow and age faster." There are also some non-surgical solutions available to treat dry skin. These include Medical Microdermabrasion and Agera Skin Peels. The two treatments can be combined to offer optimum results. After a Medical Microdermabrasion treatment, a patient’s skin is more receptive to moisturisers and anti-ageing creams. Peels will leave skin looking brighter and smoother, and encourage the production of collagen to rejuvenate the skin.