The Difference between Dehydrated and Dry Skin, (YES, There's a Difference!)

If you’re a lazy girl just like us, I’ll save you from reading the rest of this article and tell you the difference right now.

Dehydrated Skin: Minimal water content + Loads of oil

Dry Skin: Minimal water + Minimal oil content.

 Interesting right? You may be wondering why dehydrated skin has more oil content and that occurs when your skin tries to compensate the deficiency of water by producing more oil in order to replenish the skin.

 So let’s tackle the first common issue: Why does our skin lack water? Several reasons may affect the lack of hydration and the main reason is not drinking enough water but other external factors may also affect it.  Weather, environment, hot showers and caffeine consumption may also diminish water content in the skin.

 The second issue: How can you tell if your skin is dehydrated? A few common signs of dehydrated skin are: Tightness, Fine lines, dullness, rough texture, sensitivity and dark under-eye circles.

 It’s important to distinguish that while dry skin is a condition which may sustain for the rest of your life, dehydrated skin is merely a state of your skin that you can fix.

 A few tips to remedy dehydrated skin is to exfoliate once a week as this will remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. You should also ensure that your skin is well hydrated by adding a serum to your routine, preferably one which contains hyaluronic acid as this contains humectants and act as a magnet for moisture. You could also use a heavier moisturizer at night or follow up with an oil as the last step in your routine in order to really help lock in that moisture. The last tip is to make sure you are drinking enough water!