Beauty truth: Dry skin is the worst. What can make the flaky, red, glow-sapping problem even worse, is that it’s not always easy to tell what’s causing it. Is the fix as simple as reaching for your moisturizer, or do you have a deeper dehydration issue? This new tech-enabled tool can help you figure it out.
“Skin dryness and dehydration are often used interchangeably. They can coexist but mean two different things,” Sejal Shah, M.D. board-certified dermatologist in New York City tells Allure. “Dry skin typically refers to a lack of oil or lipids, whereas dehydrated skin is due to lack of water.” In other words, if you haven’t been getting your eight glasses of water a day, your skin might be chronically suffering. In addition to dehydration in your bod, skin dehydration can be caused by environmental issues like harsh skincare products, too much sun, dry climates or even a hot shower, says Shah.
That’s where the MiLi Pure moisture meter comes in. Here’s how it works: The palm-sized skin meter tests your skin’s hydration levels via two teeny metal probes pressed against the skin for five seconds that read the hydration levels in your skin (you can test on lids, face and hands). Then the data syncs to an app that shows you how hydrated — or not — your skin is.
Based on your gender, age and skin type, the app can show you where you fall on the hydration spectrum compared to others like you and even recommend super specific tips for upping your hydration levels if you’re in need. The coolest part? You can test your skin throughout the day to see how different moisturizers measure up on your skin and track your progress over time to get a handle on overall hydration levels.
So what do you do if your hydration levels are low? First, start downing some additional H2O. From there, Shah recommends following a gentle skincare regimen and following your showers with an immediate coat of moisturizer. “Look for hyaluronic acid serums and avoid potential skin irritants,” she says.
Try the newfangled tech in tandem with some good old fashioned moisturizers and you can get ahead of skin dehydration for good.
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