Dry skin or Dehydrated skin: How to tell the difference

Oftentimes, people use ‘dry skin’ in place of ‘dehydrated skin’ just because they feel it means the same thing. This is however wrong as they are different skin conditions.

Generally, when you are dehydrated, what comes to mind is water to quench your thirst. The same thing goes for the skin. Dehydrated skin is one that lacks water. This particular condition can happen to anyone regardless of the skin type.

When the skin is dehydrated:, it looses elasticity

looks dull



A dehydrated skin basically needs water, both inside and outside. It is advised that people with this condition take foods that have enough water in them.  Apart from the oral method, products that are water-based are also advised.

When you have a dehydrated skin, your skin produces more oil to make up for the missing water. This in essence makes it possibly to have an oily, yet dehydrated skin.

Dry Skin:

A dry skin is a skin type whereby the skin lacks natural moisture (sebum). It is usually  caused by fewer oily producing glands on the face and the body. A dry skin can appear scaly, cracked and can also be itchy.

Dry skin can be caused by:

 frequent washing of hands,

low moisture in the air,

taking a hot shower.

How to treat:

1. Drinking water: This may sound very basic, but drinking water is very necessary, especially for people with dehydrated skin conditions.

Macro shot of pouring water into a glass

2. Humidifier: Since the  weather can affect the skin, it is important to consider getting a humidifier that can help to retain moisture in the air to prevent lossing water to the air.

3. Exfoliation : It may be surprising to know that a build  of dead ces can prevent moisturizers from getting easily absorbed into the skin. It is important to exfoliate every four days.

4. Moisturize/Hydrate: People with dry skin types may need to moisturize their skins with oil-based products that will help to keep moisture in while people with a dehydrated skin condition may need to keep their skins hydrated with water-based products.

This takes us to the differences between Moisturization and Hydration.

Moisturization involves trapping in moisture to build the skin’s protective barrier and Hydration involves adding water to it.

For a radiant, Plump and youthful skin, it is important to hydrate and moisturize because Hydration will fill up the skin with water, and moisturizatiing will lock the water in.

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