Understanding the difference: Dry Skin vs. Dehydrated Skin

Do you ever feel like no matter how much moisturizer you use on your skin, it still feels dry? You could use a thick overnight moisturizer and still wake up with dry skin. You could be experiencing dehydrated skin instead of dry skin. It’s very frustrating and costly to try and figure out why your products produce the skin results you expected. Understanding the difference between the two is vital to reaching your skincare goals. 

All Skin types have the potential to become dehydrated. 

Dehydration is a skin condition that can impact all skin types, including oily skin. 

Understanding Dry Skin

Dry skin occurs when the sebaceous glands don’t produce enough natural oil or sebum. Dry skin may be thinner and feel rough, dry, and flaky.

Some things that contribute to dry skin: 



Using the wrong skincare


Environmental factors 

It’s hard to avoid the causes of dryness on this list, but it’s all about maintaining a good oil balance in your skin. Products like Daily Repair Cream contain good skincare ingredients that your skin can benefit from using. Daily Repair Cream contains squalene, which has antibacterial properties. Squalene helps to repair the skin barrier and protect it against environmental stressors. 

How do you avoid getting your skin too greasy?

Over-moisturizing your skin can create problems in that it can develop an oily complexion. This very thing happened to me when, at a young age, I was excited about using antiaging skincare. I didn’t realize that the products were too rich for my skin. You can avoid this by using a lightweight moisturizer that hydrates your skin without being too emollient. If your skin goes back and forth between normal, combination, oily, and dry skin, it may be time to book a consultation with a skincare expert to determine the root of the problem. 

Understanding Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin lacks water, resulting from losing water too quickly or not getting the adequate water needed to hydrate your skin. 

When your skin is dehydrated, it can feel tight, and wrinkles tend to be more pronounced. Think of how a raisin looks dry and wrinkled, but a grape looks full and plump. The goal is to get your skin as full, plump, and healthy as the grape. 

Some things that contribute to dehydrated skin:

Sun exposure

A high-sugar diet

Excessive sweating

High-stress levels

Using skincare that dries skin out


How do I keep my skin hydrated?

Drinking water alone will not keep your skin hydrated. Drinking water is still essential as it helps indirectly hydrate the skin by supporting the bodily functions that help keep our skin hydrated. The right products will return hydration to the skin by locking it into the skin and sealing it.

What are the best ingredients to lock in moisture?

Humectants attract water from the air, drawing it to your skin like a magnet. Some popular humectants are hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe vera. Hyaluronic acid is one of the best essential ingredients to treat dehydrated skin. 

If you are still trying to determine whether your skin is dry or dehydrated, a skincare consult can help. 

Have questions? I’m here to help! 


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