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Is Your Skin Dry Or Dehydrated?

Get the scoop on how to tell the difference between dry and dehydrated skin

You’ve probably heard the terms, “dry” or “dehydrated”, on more than one occasion from your esthetician when they analyzed your skin.

As simple as these terms sound, what do they really mean and why is it so easy to confuse these terms?

You can have oily skin, but it can be dehydrated or you can have dry skin, but it doesn’t mean that it is caused by dehydration. It can get confusing at times as there is a whole list of related nuances and perspectives that may not agree on a single skin condition.

These conditions resulting from factors such as genetics, age, lifestyle habits, medications, incorrect products, exposure to the sun and other environmental factors are enough to add further complexity and they can range in intensity and frequency.

So to keep it simple, we decided to just focus on the fundamental difference between dry and dehydrated skin and some recommended products bests suited to treat dry skin types and dehydrated skin conditions.

Oil vs Water

The main difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin to keep in mind is:

When your skin lacks water, it is dehydrated.

When your skin lacks lipids, it is considered dry.

Dehydrated skin is either deprived of water or unable to hold onto it due to a weak skin barrier. It will usually look dull and appear paper-like with more pronounced fine lines and wrinkles.

Dehydrated skin type with wrinkles

When your skin lacks natural oils (Sebum) you skin becomes dry and can be related to genetics or hormonal since the skin is not able to produce as much sebum as it used to.

Dry skin feels rough to the touch, looks flaky, stretched and tight.

Close up of dry skin type with crepey surface

Skincare Routine For Dry Skin

Choose products that are more lipid-rich to replenish the oils that your skin lacks.

We recommend the following skincare products for your dry skin regimen:

Cleanser Toner
Serum Moisturizer
Tinted SPF Non-Tinted SPF

Skincare Routine For Dehydrated Skin

Choose products that have humectant (moisture preservation) properties and will draw water into the skin.

For the first cleanse, start by removing makeup and sunscreen with an oil-based cleanser.

We recommend the following skincare products for your dehydrated skin regimen:

Cleanser Toner
Serum Moisturizer
Tinted SPF Non-Tinted SPF
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