Dry vs Dehydrated Skin

Does your skin feel tight and you immediately think its dry so you smother your skin in oil rich creams to combat the dryness when all your skin needs is a drink! By drink I mean moisture, skin gets thirsty too.

When skin gets thirsty it becomes tight and lsoes its plumpness because of the lack of moisture.

Here are some of the ways you can tell the difference btween dehydration and dryness.

Dry skin is lacking in oil, dehydrated skin is lacking moisture. Dry skin is a skin type like oily or normal. Dehydration is a skin condition like sensitive. Your skin can be dry and dehydrated at the same time. The skin type in this case dryness is usually apparent from puberty but dehydration can come and go.

Key Differences

Dryness – Lacks oil, flakiness, uneven skin, rough patches, premature ageing, deep lines, can be hereditary, can be caused by medication or illness.

Dehydration – Lacks moisture, feels tight, peeling skin, fine lines, can be caused by lifestyle e.g. smoking and drinking, can be caused by environment e.g. central heating and air conditioning.

Remedies – Dry Skin

Cleanse with a creamy cleanser, exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells and to aid product absorption, avoid alcohol based products, use a sunscreen to block UVA rays that cause ageing, apply a nourishing masque weekly to feed the skin, choose a moisturiser that soaks in without leaving a greasy film on the skin, use an eye cream to minimise deep lines.

Remedies – Dehydrated Skin

Exfoliate according to your skin type, use a skin hydrating mist spray when in centrally heated or air conditioned areas for long periods of time, cut down on alcohol or smoking – better still seek professional advise to quit, use a hydrating masque weekly until the condition improves then revert to using a masque for your skin type when the condition improves.


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