Dry and dehydrated skin may feel the same, but their causes are different.
• Dehydrated skin lacks water
• Dry skin lacks lipids
There’s a big difference between dry and dehydrated skin, yet both tend to feel the same - just plain dry. Find out the characteristics of each to determine which you might have!
What is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?
Dry skin is a skin type such as oily skin or acne prone skin. If you have a dry skin type, it means you’re lacking oil. You were born this way, and you’re dry everywhere else on your body including hands, scalp, legs, etc. When you put on moisturisers and lotions, chances are they soak up fairly quickly. You may also regularly experience issues like flaking, cracking, sensitivity or eczema on a regular basis. If a dry skin type sounds like you, be sure to use a dry skin regimen that contains oil- or cream-based products such as Melting Moisture Masque.
If you have a dehydrated skin condition, your skin is lacking water. This can be caused by lots of factors such as makeup, diet, incorrect product use, weather. When skin is dehydrated, it creates more oil to make up for the missing water. This can cause breakouts, irritation and dry patches. Skin can even feel oily and dry at the same time. If you think your skin is dehydrated, try to identify what’s dehydrating you and correct it. It could be your lifestyle or your environment. Use water-rich products like Circular Hydration Serum, which contain water-loving Hyaluronic Acid to help balance your skin as needed. Look for a product that targets the signals of dehydration before you may even notice them yourself, like How to treat dry and dehydrated skin
It is entirely possible for your skin to be dry and dehydrated at the same time. If this is the case, use a regimen that contains oil and water. If you need help finding the right products, chat with one of our skin therapists!
Does drinking water hydrate skin?It helps to know that skin is the last organ to receive the nutrients we consume, which means it’s the last to get the water you sip. It isn’t enough to just drink water. You need to use products to add hydration.