Do you feel DRY or DEHYDRATED (Or both!)? Both dry and dehydrated skin have similar characteristics but differing underlying causes.
Dry skin is a normal skin type, but in some cases it can also be temporary and it can be treated.
How to understand that your skin is dry?
- Lack of oil on the skin
- Small pores
- Feeling tight
- Blackheads, spots and milia may still be present
- Skin doesn’t look bright
- Skin is not plump
- It doesn’t absorb products easily
- More likely to be irritated by products
- Poor skincare can worsen the problem
Dehydration can affect any type of skin, even oily skin.
- Caused by a lack of water in your skin (not a lack of water taken orally!)
- Pores can be small or large.
- Although skin can feel tight and dry, it can also sometimes appear oily or have breakouts.
- Moisturizers are absorbed quickly
- Blackheads and spots can still be seen
- As your skin absorbs any water from your foundation, makeup can disappear and become patchy throughout the day.
- Skin appears ‘ashen’
- Lifestyle circumstances can make it more common to suffer from headaches.
70% of skin is water. Around 20-30% of this is found in the epidermis, the top layer of the skin. Your hydrolipidic layer acts as a regulator, barrier and protector – it retains moisture and protects against germs. The epidermis’ moisture can evaporate too fast, causing a compromised normal, healthy skin state. Most of us are at least partially dehydrated at some point in our lives. You can get dehydrated from any of these things:
- Environment – Wind, cold, dry, too much sunlight, central heating, air conditioning
- The wrong diet – Too much water, too many calories, too much caffeine, and not enough water
- Lifestyle – Stress, poor skincare, improper medication, bad skin routines, smoking, and birth control
- Genetics – Monthly cycle, pregnancy, hormones
It’s quite common for someone to be both dry or dehydrated. However, if you’re unsure whether you’re one or the other, these do’s & don’ts may help.
Do and Don’t:
- If you recognize the signs, upgrade your moisturizers so it is suitable for dry skin. Look for products that contain the word ‘nourishing’.
- If you feel dehydrated, you can change the label on your moisturizer so it says ‘hydra’.
- In any case, adding a bit of hyaluronic acids to your daily routine would be a good idea.
- You should not use products that are too harsh, too stripping.
- Avoid foaming and bubbling.
- Use oils, balms and serums.
- Use milks and other treatments to hydrate.
One word about supplements: Omega oils found in flax and fish oil supplements can help dry and dehydrated skins. However, it will take at least 3 months for your skin to notice the results.