Do you ever feel like your skincare products are not working as expected? It can be due to the fact that you’re using wrong products that are not targeting your skin type. Do you know if you have Dry or Dehydrated skin? For your skincare to work effectively it’s important that you know your skin type or skin condition (if you have any). Only then you can invest in skincare that target specific concerns and will give you visible results.
What is the difference between Dry skin and Dehydrated skin?
Briefly speaking, dry skin is a skin type while dehydrated skin is a skin condition. Let’s throw some light on both and understand the specifics.
Dry skin is an inherent skin type that will sustain for most of your life. It’s mostly genetic but can also happen due to hormonal changes like pregnancy. Dry skin has lesser oil producing glands (on face and body) therefor it lacks oil. Lesser glands means less lipids and less moisture. That’s why dry skin isn’t capable of retaining moisture as compared to other skin types.
Now, dehydrated skin is a skin condition that can be caused due to several external factors. Any skin type can be dehydrated, even oily skin can get dehydrated. Dehydrated skin on the other hand lacks water. It can be due to weather, diet, and caffeine consumption. It can be treated and cured.
How to know if your skin is Dry or Dehydrated?
Dehydrated skin usually appears to be dull or congested. It’s looks more red and inflamed. Dehydrated skin also shows premature signs of aging like wrinkles or loss of elasticity from skin.
Dry skin tends to be more flaky and itchy. You might see white flakes and increased irritation in dry skin. Dry skin is susceptible to conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Usually it appears on entire body but some specific problematic areas can be like around the mouth or on the arms or scalp.
To know more you can do a little pinch test. Pinch an area on your cheeks or arm and hold for a second before leaving. If your skin regains it’s shape quickly it’s not dehydrated. However, if it wrinkles and doesn’t bounce back quickly you’re very likely to have dehydrated skin.
I have both dry and dehydrated skin. And I use products specific for my concerns. Remember it takes time for skincare to work, but eventually it does.
Treatments and Products Recs for Dry Skin
For dry skin, your focus should be on moisturizing. You might want to add both hydrating as well as moisturizing products in your routine. Exfoliating at least once a week will get rid of dead skin cells. Increase your antioxidants intake and also incorporate products that are antioxidants rich. For instance Vitamin C is a great ingredient to protect skin barrier. Ceramides are another great ingredients that help strengthen the skin barrier and retain skin moisture.
Now low humidity and cold weather reduces sebum production making skin even more dry. Avoid excess heat, hot showers and invest in a humidifier.
𝓢𝓸𝓶𝓮 𝓹𝓻𝓸𝓭𝓾𝓬𝓽𝓼 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝓭𝓻𝔂 𝓼𝓴𝓲𝓷 :-
- CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
- Naturium Vitamin C Complex Serum
- SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore Treatment
- Skinfix barrier+ lipid-peptide cream
- Sunday Riley Good Genes (for gentle exfoliation)
- Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream
Facial Oils can be included in the skincare routine as well. Rosehip oil, Marula Oil works good to lock in the moisture into the dry skin.
Treatments and Products Rec for Dehydrated Skin
Since dehydrated skin lacks water, your focus should be on hydration. Start by drinking more fluids. Increase water intake and decrease caffeine consumption. Use products with Hyaluronic acid(HA) in it. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it draws water from the surrounding into the skin.
For your HA products to work best, always apply them on damp skin followed by a water based cream. Chemical exfoliation can help get rid of dead skin from surface layer and the products will penetrate deep into the skin better. Use a facial mist to add back the hydration whenever needed. If you have dehydrated skin which is not dry you can skip heavy moisturizers.
𝓢𝓸𝓶𝓮 𝓹𝓻𝓸𝓭𝓾𝓬𝓽𝓼 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝓭𝓮𝓱𝔂𝓭𝓻𝓪𝓽𝓮𝓭 𝓼𝓴𝓲𝓷 :-
- Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cream
- Tatcha Water Cream
- Laneige Water Bank Moisturizer
- Biossance Squalane Facial Mist
- The Ordinary Lactic Acid Serum
Summing it up – The bottom line
The key is to know your skin type and then find out products that work on the target skin type or skin condition. You’ll see great results while using skincare specific to your concerns.
Also very important is Sun Protection. Whatever your skin type or skin condition is SPF is most important. If you’re not wearing SPF daily, your all other expensive skincare products makes no sense. Sun damage can cause your skin to get dehydrated and cause premature aging. Always keep in mind to finish your morning skincare routine with an SPF of at least 30 or above.
Please consult your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any existing skin conditions or concerns or before trying out any product. Please note every skin is different and what works for others might not work for you.
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