Dehydrated or dry skin? Is there a difference?

Like us, I’m sure many of you are thinking what is actually going on right now?! Most of us have never had to live through a pandemic or anything of this scale before and with a vast majority of businesses closing it’s a very uncertain time not knowing what’s around the corner let alone in the future.

As we can’t help you physically, by seeing clients and doing our normal day to day jobs, we thought we’d try to help you virtually through our blog posts! We will aim to cover as many health, beauty, education, skin and even just general life topics which could be helpful or a pleasant distraction in this time of isolation! 

Todays topic is: DEHYDRATED VS. DRY

These two words are often used when we talk about skin but they sound very similar so are they the same thing? Is there a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin? 

Dehydrated means the loss of water, dry means lack of natural skin oils. 

Dry skin is a skin type, dehydrated skin is a skin condition.

 

PART ONE – Dry skin

 

Characteristics of dry skin:

  • Dull or rough complexion
  • Lack of moisture (oil)
  • More areas of redness
  • Some areas of soreness and cracking
  • Scaly looking
  • Shedding

Why do we get dry skin? 

Dry skin is the result of less oil being produced which characterises it as a skin type. If the skin is producing less sebum (oil) than normal, the protective lipids can’t retain the moisture to build a strong barrier. This barrier usually protects us from any pollutants in the air entering our skin and any goodness like moisture, escaping. 

How to prevent dryness: 

We want to try and do everything we can to retain the moisture within the skin. Using the correct products will be essential, moisturisers can help us to replenish any lost moisture without causing congestion. Use a rich moisturiser in the evening, this is the skins natural repair time of the day, and will allow the skin to soak up the active ingredients without being compromised by day time pollutants. 

Be careful what you cleanse with! Harsh cleansers will strip the skin of natural oils, which can lead to intense dryness and sensitivity, damaging the lipid barrier that your moisturiser is trying to repair.

A great way to shed some of your excess dead and flaky skin is to gently exfoliate twice per week, this, followed by a deep moisture mask, will keep your skin feeling soft and moisturised. 

Control water temperatures. Even though its really tempting to crank the heat up in your shower on a cold day, its not ideal for the skin. Keep water warm but not hot when bathing, showering or washing your face. 

 

 

Part two will cover everything we want to know about dehydrated skin so make sure to check back in to discover the difference!

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