The Difference Between Dry and Dehydrated Skin

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You have probably heard both the terms dry and dehydrated skin but may be unaware of what sets them apart from each other. The differences between dehydrated and dry skin are in fact very significant. Dry skin is when there is a lack of oil production and the skin tends to be tight, itchy and flaky with pronounced fine lines. Dehydrated skin occurs when there is a lack of water and the skin appears dull, ashen and devitalized. All skin types (even oily skin) can become dehydrated, especially during dry winter months. Therefore it is very important to know the difference between the two. This will ensure you treat the correct skin problem in the right way.

Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin is actually more common in oily skin types due to the harsh products sometimes used to treat oily acne-prone skin. These products strip the skin of its natural moisture, making it dehydrated. A poor skincare routine, the use of harsh products and inadequate moisturisers, alongside smoking and not drinking enough water can also cause dehydrated skin.

To combat and treat dehydrated skin always use a cleanser instead of harsh soaps, use alcohol free toners and a moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid like the Olay Regenerist range. This is a natural acid that plumps the skin with water reinforcing the skin's natural protective barrier.

Dry Skin

Dry skin can be genetically determined but an increasingly stressful lifestyle, coupled with excessive sun, wind and chemical exposure can also cause dry skin. The skin relies on oil to lock in moisture, however, dry skin generally has smaller pores that do not expand to produce the much needed oil.

To treat dry skin, use an alcohol free toner, make sure you gently exfoliate once a week to rid the skin of dry flaky cells and always use a rich moisturiser. Look for moisturisers containing shea butter, rosehip, sunflower oil and barley grain like the Decleor Face Moisturisers Nutridivine Nutriboost Ultra Cocooning Cream.

If you are not sure whether your skin is dry or dehydrated there is a simple test you can do. Pinch your skin with your finger (the cheek area works best for this). If the skin is dehydrated you will see fine lines and sometimes the pores will be open too.

Now you know wether your skin is dry or dehydrated why not take our beauty quiz to make sure you are using the right products for you!