Dry Skin Vs Dehydrated Skin: What’s the Difference

Dry Skin vs Dehydrated Skin

Many don’t realize that there is a difference between dry and dehydrated skin. Let’s discuss the definition of both first. Dry skin is a skin type,where the skin lacks oil production. Dehydrated skin is a condition, where your skin lacks water.

Dry Skin

Believe it or not dehydration is more common in our skin and we typically associate it with having dry skin. Dry skin is when you naturally have a low production of oil or none at all. Genetically, dry skin is determined. So for us girlies that have an oily T-zone area or see any shine on your face, your skin produces oil and you are not a dry skin type. Just remember, not having enough oil is totally different from not having enough water. Some common non genetic causes of dry skin are :

  • Aging Naturally – One of woes of aging is that we start to produce less oil as we get older. Our sebaceous gland (oil producing gland) declines with age causing dry skin.
  • Our Diet – the lipids in are skin are made of fatty acids and are important for feeding our skin the necessary dietary sources of fatty acids. So try to stay away from completely fat-free diets for example.They can be the culprit to your dry skin issues.

So I’m sure you are wondering how do I treat my dry skin! Ok ok I’ll share the inside trade secrets with you..lol  Ready? *drum roll* ..If your skin is dry (not dehydrated), then you are lacking oil and need to add oil rich products with lipid ingredients to your skincare regimen. Oil forms a film over skin that prevents water loss. Since oil and water don’t mix, the water is unable to penetrate the layer of oil. We have two amazing products that offer the perfect solution. Our Luminescense Facial Oil or Renourish Facial Cream are just what you need to combat dry skin.

Dehydrated Skin

It’s only natural to think water when we hear the word hydration. When we relate this to skincare, hydration means increasing the water to your skin cells allowing it to become healthy, plump and a have wonderful complexion. Making sure our skin in hydrated helps keep those nasty crow’s feet around our eyes at bay and awful smile lines gone! There are many factors that can contribute to having dehydrated skin such as :

  • weather/environment
  • over exfoliating or using harsh chemical cleansers that contain SLS and SLES
  • medications
  • our diets

How can we tell if we have dehydrated skin? Signs of dehydration are very common on the forehead near the scalp line, outer cheeks, and around the eyes. I like to do the “pinch” test. Pinch your skin and hold for a couple of seconds. If the skin stays and the lines are increased, most likely you are dehydrated. Here’s where it gets tricky – when skin is dehydrated, it creates more oil to make up for the missing water. This can cause extra oil, breakouts, irritation, dry patches, and skin can even feel oily and dry at the same time. So, yep that’s right, you can actually have acneic skin and still suffer from dehydrated skin! Thank goodness dehydrated skin is a condition and can be improve with a few simple changes to your skincare regimen. We want to start using products that contain humectants, which helps to bind and retain moisture in our skin. Glycerin, aloe, honey and hyaluronic acid are just a few. These are all wonderful ingredients that will aid in he reduction of dehydrated skin! And let’s not forget, drink lots of water!! Check out our Luminesence Facial Oil and Vitality Facial Cream which are perfect in repairing dehydrated skin!

Til next time girlies! And remember to love the skin your in!

Naturally Yours,

Marla Rene

This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be medical advice and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor.

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