Dry Skin or Dehydrated Skin: What is the Difference?

by | Aug 17, 2021 | 0 comments

What is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin? Dry skin is typically characterised by fewer oil-producing glands on your face and body, whereas dehydrated skin is lacking in water and hydration and not oil. So, it is possible to have oily but dehydrated skin as well as dry and dehydrated skin.

What is dry skin?

If your skin type is dry, it means your skin is lacking in the oil it needs to keep the skin looking and feeling soft. The typical signs of dry skin include:

  • Itchiness
  • Flakiness
  • Discomfort
  • Red patches around the nose and eyes

If you have dry skin you are much more likely to suffer from conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

What are the best treatments for dry skin?

Adopting a good skincare routine is really important in helping to combat dry skin. Using a gentle cleanser, such as the Dermalogica intensive moisture cleanser, will help to cleanse the skin but also provide nourishment for dry skin.

An important part of your skincare routine to help manage dry skin is exfoliation. The daily microfoliant from Dermalogica contains oatmeal and allantoin to help calm the skin and with acid from rice bran, white tea and licorice to help balance uneven skin tone. This exfoliant is gentle enough to be used every day.

Adding in a good face moisturiser to your skincare routine will help to lock in the extra hydration your skin needs.

What is dehydrated skin?

Dehydrated skin is more of a skin condition rather than a skin type. Dehydrated skin is lacking in water, which can be caused by several different factors including the environment, your diet and how much caffeine you drink. The signs of dehydrated skin include:

  • Your skin feels tight
  • Dark circles appear more visible
  • Your complexion looks dull

Dehydrated skin is just crying out for extra moisture and hydration.

What are the best treatments for dehydrated skin?

Similar to dry skin, maintaining a good skin care routine will help manage dehydrated skin. Adding a hyaluronic acid face serum to your skincare routine will help relieve signs of dehydration and give your skin a much-needed boost in moisture levels. Combined with a  water-gel moisturiser which is the perfect addition to your skincare routine. Providing the hydration your skin needs to lock in the moisture.

You can also help to manage dehydrated skin from the inside out. Ensure you are drinking plenty of fluids (ideally water) and add to your diet foods that are rich in liquid, such as strawberries, cucumber and melons – all are excellent at increasing the water in your diet. Try to reduce the amount of alcohol and caffeine you drink, as they are both very dehydrating.

It is possible for your skin to be both dry and dehydrated at the same time. If you need help in finding the right products for your skin type, or you would like to book in for a skin consultation, please contact me today.