Is my skin dry or dehydrated?

December 14, 2022 / 2:35 am

What’s the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?

Dry is a skin type and dehydrated is a skin condition.

Dry skin comes from lack of oil in the skin and is usually genetic or age related since oil production slows with age.

Dehydrated skin comes from lack of water in the skin and can depend on the environment, both inside and outside the body. Dehydrated skin is often a transient condition.

Skin can be any combination of dry or oily and dehydrated or hydrated.

Surface dehydration is very common due to lifestyle factors such as drinking too little water, drinking too much alcohol, extreme weather conditions, or over exfoliation.

What’s the best way to treat dry or dehydrated skin?

Drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day. Stop drinking alcohol. Topical skincare products work to seal moisture in your skin so hydration from within is important.

A hydrating serum should be your first step after cleansing. Apply moisturizer on top of the serum to lock in hydration.

Always wear SPF. Skincare products with SPF form an invisible film on your skin to protect you from the sun, this does double duty to protect you other harsh elements as well.

If your skin is oily yet dehydrated, you will benefit from a lightweight hydrating serum and moisturizer. Keeping your skin properly hydrated will help balance excess oil production.

Hydrated skin is healthy skin!

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