Dry vs Dehydrated Skin - What's the Difference?

We can sometimes confuse dehydration and dryness. But there is a BIG difference between those two and the treatments recommended for each. Let's take a look at the difference between dry and dehydrated skin, the root causes behind it and how to best address dry and/or dehydrated skin.

What is the difference between Dry and Dehydrated Skin?

Dry skin is a skin type
(this is what we are born with) and is from a lack of oil and will be dry all year round not just seasonally. When you have a true dry skin type, you have minimal or no oil production in the skin.

Dehydrated skin is a skin concern that can happen to any skin type (Dry or otherwise) due to a lack of moisture (water) in the skin.

Dehydration is caused by external factors such as sun exposure, harsh or wrong product usage or treatments, hot showers and seasonal changes.

When your skin is dehydrated, you get a feeling of tightness, and you can also experience sensitivity.

It's important to note that because every skin type can become dehydrated, even oily skins can experience dehydration. Which can lead to an overproduction of oil (then leading to breakouts) as the skin tries to overcompensate for the lack of water.

How can we treat dry and dehydrated skin

To treat dry skin, we need to add oil, such as nourishing creams and serums, which include plenty of antioxidants, vitamins, and plant oils.

To treat dehydrated skin, we need to add moisture. We can also make some lifestyle adjustments that will help with dehydration. (the following will also apply to dry skin)

  1. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Avoid overconsumption of alcohol.
  3. Avoid hot showers.
  4. Avoid extensive sun exposure.
  5. Use a good quality homecare regime which is prescribed for your skin type.

Let's look at some products to treat dehydration in various skin types!

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This is going to help hydrate a sensitive red skin. As the ultimate restorative serum, it improves skin firmness and hydration, leaving skin supple and glowing. Overtime, Calmwise Serum leaves damaged, sore skin looking calm and feeling comfortable.

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This serum is going to be perfect for an oily skin type. Aspect Extreme B 17 contains a patented blend of Vitamin B Complex Polypeptides, which help energise and decongest skin. Vitamin B3, otherwise known as Niacinamide, is a popular skin care ingredient. This vitamin helps reduce the frequency and severity of breakouts, minimise acne scarring, and control oil levels for less-congested skin. This powerful serum will hydrate and heal.

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This serum is going to suit a dry ageing skin. VECTORIZE TECHNOLOGY delivers a complex of encapsulated ingredients time released up to 48 hours for a long lasting, intense effect. An exclusive complex to combat and prevent ageing effects on the skin.

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This will suit very dry/dehydrated skin types. Extremely moisturising leave-on masque elegantly transforms from balm to oil to help restore dry skin. Activated by skin’s natural heat, the MeltingPoint Complex delivers a satisfying melting sensation, working to protect against damaging environmental factors for healthier-looking skin and restoring dry skin's lipid barrier.

About the Author

With 3 children of my own, I understand life is busy, so I'd love to help you find the best regimen that works for you and your lifestyle!

Having owned my own traditional based Beauty Salon and time in the Laser Industry, I've learnt that my passion lies in results-driven skin treatments and products. I feel so fortunate to have the most amazing brands at my fingertips. This allows me to give the best possible treatment and home care advice you need to achieve the skin you desire.

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