Dry skin is a skin type. Dehydrated skin is a skin condition. Knowing the difference can be your secret weapon toward healthy, glowing skin. Let’s explore why dry skin and dehydrated skin are not, in fact, synonymous. Plus, our tips for dehydrated skin treatment.
What Causes Dehydrated Skin?
Dehydrated skin occurs due to a lack of water. No matter which skin type you have, it’s possible to have dehydrated skin.
That’s right. Even those with an oily skin type can have dehydrated skin which can cause many issues. Weather, activity levels, diet, and caffeine can all affect skin hydration (or dehydration).
Dehydrated Skin Symptoms
Some symptoms of dehydrated skin include:
/ Dark under eye circles
/ Tightness in your skin
/ Skin congestion or acne, since dead skin cells can clog pores
/ Dull skin
/ More prominent fine lines and wrinkles
A good way to determine whether your skin is dehydrated is by trying the “pinch test.”
The Pinch Test
1. Pinch a small amount of your skin for a few seconds.
2. If the skin wrinkles with gentle pressure, your skin is dehydrated.
3. However, if your skin bounces back, you might just have dry skin.
What Causes Dry Skin?
Dry skin is a skin type and has nothing to do with water (or lack thereof).
Dry skin produces less sebum than normal skin. Sebum is often referred to as the “healthy oils” that protect your skin. So, when your skin doesn’t secrete enough sebum on its own, it means you have a dry skin type.
People with dry skin need purposeful moisturisation. Still, your skin type won’t change over time. So, dry skin requires consistent management and care.
Dry Skin Symptoms
Some symptoms of dry skin include:
/ Scaly, flaky skin
/ Redness or irritation
/ Increased incidence of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis
How to Treat Dry and Dehydrated Skin
Since dry skin is a skin type, the best you can do is manage its symptoms with high-quality cleansers and moisturisers. Increasing antioxidants in your diet and limiting your acid intake can help.
Since dehydrated skin is a condition, you can treat it with a little TLC. Besides drinking water, there are two amazing ingredients for dehydrated skin treatment
The first is hyaluronic acid which can be found in many serums, moisturisers, and in our anti-ageing face masks. Incredibly hydrating and naturally produced in the body, it’s a must-have ingredient in your skincare routine.
Collagen has also been shown to increase skin hydration while improving elasticity and reducing wrinkles in human skin. Simply adding collagen supplements to your water can effectively help prevent and treat skin dehydration.
So, if you’re suffering from acne or other skin issues that you can’t seem to shake, perhaps you’re actually dealing with dehydrated skin.
As always, speak to your dermatologist for the most personalised advice for your skin needs but products with hyaluronic acid and collagen are a great place to start.
Say goodbye to dull, tired skin once and for all.