It’s common for us to confuse dry skin with dehydrated skin. It can end up changing the behaviour of your skincare routine. However, we have created a simple guide to explain exactly what dry and dehydrated skin are, the characteristics and what is best for them. So you can give your skin the added bit of TLC it needs.
Dry skin is a type of skin. It means that your skin doesn’t produce enough sebum (oil), your skin relies on natural oil to retain moisture, and without it, and this can cause a dry, flakey appearance in the skin.
The characteristics of dry skin can include:
Minimal to no breakouts - (excess oil is one of the leading causes of blemishes and acne, so with little oil production, your skin won’t have as many breakouts).
Medium to small pores – as your follicles don’t have the chance to dilate and stretch pores, because there isn’t as much sebum production compared to oilier skin types.
Skin can feel tight, dry and flakey – If you exfoliate regularly, the flakiness of your skin will reduce.
Pronounced fine lines and wrinkles – which also relates to how much sun damage your skin has induced.
Dry skin can be caused by various factors such as age, genetics, environment, hormones and lifestyle. You can treat dry skin by creating a skincare routine formulated exclusively for dry skin, a gentle and effective way to smooth dry skin cells that contribute to the rough texture.
Dehydrated skin as a skin condition lacks water content. The skin can still have normal, or even over reactive sebaceous oil activity. If you still have breakouts or produce excess oil but your skin seems dry, it’s most likely dehydrated. Usually, the cause of this is using overly harsh skincare products.
The characteristics of dehydrated skin can include:
Skin feeling tight and fine lines can form – your skin can feel tight one day and normal the next based on various factors.
Dehydrated skin can be caused by your lifestyle choices (such as frequent travel or alcohol consumption). Age is also a factor. As skin cells get older, the epidermal cell cycle slows down significantly. The simplest way to treat dehydrated skin is to use a skincare routine that is formulated to keep water levels up within your skin. Serums and hydrating moisturisers are a great way to keep the hydration balance in your skin.
Did you know the difference in dry and dehydrated skin? Did this blog post clear things up for you? We’d love to hear!
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