Is my skin dry or dehydrated?

Knowing the real difference between dry and dehydrated skin should heavily influence the skincare products you choose – particularly in cooler weather.

On a basic level, “Dry skin” is a skin type – this is the skin that you’re born with or develop over the years. “Dehydrated skin” is a skin condition or temporary state that any skin type can suffer with.

Still confused? Here’s a breakdown…

Dry Skin

Dry skin produces less oil than normal skin types.Your skin’s natural oil, or sebum, helps to keep pores and the outer layers of the skin conditioned and protected. Without it, skin appears dry and flakey.

To treat dry skin you should opt for a moisturiser that contains rich, fatty oils – that make up for the lack of natural sebum.

For younger dry skin types, we recommend our Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream, and for more mature and dry skin types our Age Confidence Cream.

Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin is simply skin that’s lacking in moisture.Rather than dry or flakey, dehydrated skin will look and feel tight, dull and papery.

You can have dry and dehydrated, and also oily and dehydrated skin.

For dehydrated skin, it’s best to opt for a lightweight serum for a more concentrated treatment, such as our Back to Life Hydration Serum.

You also need to tackle dehydration from the inside-out, so upping your intake of fluids and ensuring you’re consuming lots of Essential Fatty Acids (Omegas) is key.

Facialist and Nutritional Therapist Lisa Knowles says:

“Drinking plenty of water will help, but eating natural, nutritious foods and keeping processed foods and drinks to a minimum will benefit your skin’s condition immensely. Try adding more organic fruit and vegetables to your daily diet.”

Bear in mind, environmental factors such as central heating, sun exposure, drinking too much alcohol or caffeine can also dehydrate the skin, so it’s worth keeping a track of this too!

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