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What’s the Difference Between Dry vs Dehydrated Skin?

The symptoms may look the same, as dehydrated skin can lead to dry patches, but it’s a common misconception that dry and dehydrated skin are one and the same. They’re actually very different. 

To break it down, oily/dry skin refers to your Skin Type, whereas dehydrated skin refers to your Skin Condition.

Your Skin Type means how much oil (or sebum) you naturally produce, so when you have Dry Skin, that simply means you’re not producing enough oil. 

Your Skin Condition, on the other hand, means how much water you retain. Having Dehydrated Skin is, therefore, when your top skin layer is not holding in enough moisture. 


What are the symptoms of Dehydrated Skin?

Let’s take a look:

❏ Dry, flaking skin

❏ Irritated skin

❏ Dull skin

❏ Aging skin

❏ Make up does not apply well on the skin

❏ Skincare not absorbing well

❏ Loss of skin elasticity

If you tick yes to 3 or more of these then you might have dehydrated skin.

How can I treat Dehydrated Skin then?

First things first, drink water! 

Dehydrated skin is your body’s way of telling you that you’re not drinking enough water. The recommended daily intake is 2,000 ml for adult men and 1,600 ml for women (+300 for pregnant women), but of course, the amount you should drink entirely depends on your lifestyle. 

Products that are geared to tackle dehydration as well are a good solution for dry, dehydrated skin, as they tend to have hyaluronic acid which are these little moisture-filled molecules that can penetrate through to different skin layers depending on the molecular size. It is also important to start with a gentle cleanser and follow it with a hydrating serum. You can pair them with an anti-aging moisturizer as well. 


What are the symptoms of Dry Skin?

Let’s take a look:

❏ Dry, flaking skin

❏ Skin tightness

❏ Itchiness/Irritable skin

❏ Redness

❏ Make up does not apply well on the skin

❏ Fine lines/cracks 

As you can see, there is some overlap between Dry vs Dehydrated Skin but they are ultimately quite different from one another. 

How can I treat Dry Skin?

Unfortunately, heat is one of the main causes of dry skin so it’s better to avoid washing your face with hot water or taking long hot baths/showers. Another common perpetrator is harsh skincare products that may use harmful or questionable ingredients that can act as irritants. 

What you need is a gentle moisturizer at the heart of your skincare regimen. Aside from moisturizing, it’s also important to invest in a soothing exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and brighten your skin’s appearance.