DEHYDRATED SKIN VS DRY SKIN
It's so crazy because I feel like a lot of people get confused between dry skin and dehydrated skin! At one point, I literally thought that they meant the same thing! It actually doesn't at all! A little fun fact about myself is that I actually have oily-combination skin, so I never thought that I needed MORE hydration! That's where I was wrong. I actually have oily skin AND dehydrated skin! Let me break it down for you.
Dehydrated skin is a temporary skin condition that just means your skin is lacking water! When your skin is lacking water you can start to see fine lines on your skin and it may appear dull too. A way for you to test to see whether or not your skin is dehydrated is to pinch your skin. If your skin wrinkles instead of holding its shape then it is most likely dehydrated. This is usually a temporary condition that is caused generally by:
- Weather (seasonal changes)
- Caffeine & Alcohol consumption
You can easily treat dehydrated skin by:
- Drinking a ton of water
- Moisturizing your skin with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin
- Using a hydrating sheet mask
- Avoiding alcohol and caffeine consumption
- Using a gentle cleanser and avoiding harsh face scrubs
Dry skin is a skin type, which means it is a part of your genetics. Dry skin means that your skin naturally does not produce enough oils to moisturize itself. Your skin might feel tight and rough to the touch. In extreme conditions, your skin might flake and peel. It's important to know that dry skin is a hereditary skin type, meaning you can't change your genetics. However, there are ways you can relieve your dry skin by doing the following:
- Using a thick moisturizer/cream daily
- Using noncomedogenic oils such as grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, and argan oil
- Using petroleum jelly such as vaseline for spot treatments!
- Adding moisture to the air by using a humidifier
I hope this clears up any confusion between the two terms! Overall, there are many ways to help maintain your skin whether it is dehydrated or dry. Knowing what I do now, you better believe I work hard to make sure I drink enough water and moisturize every day!
All the best,