Turns out, there is a difference between dry and dehydrated skin – so naturally we are bringing the answers to you, just in time for that winter skin lull.
As you delve into the world of skincare you become acutely aware of the change of seasons and the inherent effects it has on your skin. You understand the damage of the sun and have every skincare tool known to mankind to boost the appearance, tone, and texture of your complexion.
But, do you know the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?
Understanding Dry vs Dehydrated Skin
Dry skin is considered as either a condition or skin type, and based on the condition of the complexion it should be a tailored approach to alleviate dryness year-round. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is not a skin type, it is a clear as day sign that your skin is not getting enough water and is crying out for hydration - a simple fixed solution, you just have to know what you’re looking for.
“When it comes to maintaining healthy skin, hydration is essential”, says Gina Cook, Ella Baché National Training Manager. “Hydration is not only important for tackling dry skin, but also dehydrated skin, and believe it or not there is a difference between the two!”
What Causes Dehydrated Skin?
All those juicy and plump complexions know a thing or two when it comes to keeping their skin at optimum hydration, and thankfully you can too. Dehydrated skin often lacks water, therefore affecting its appearance, with the common causes being overall dehydration and more often than not, a damaged skin barrier caused by environmental aggressors such as pollution, UV exposure, stress, hormones, and skincare routines that aren’t suited to your skins needs.
Identifying The Skin
For some, identifying whether their skin is dry or dehydrated can be tricky and for a lucky few, you may find you suffer from both. But the good news is that there are some not so subtle tell-tale signs that your complexion will feature if you are suffering from dehydration, in-turn allowing you to combat dry skin one ultra-hydrating product at a time.
According to Gina, physical manifestations include:
Skin Complexion, those with dehydrated skin may in fact have an oily appearance, but actually underneath a skin that is lacklustre and dull due to lack of water.
Fine Lines, unlike those with dry skin, those with dehydrated skin may feature more prominent fine lines, in turn showing signs of premature ageing.
Unsettled Skin, dehydrated skin typically does not itch or show discomfort, whereas dry skin often feels tight or even feels slightly irritated with application of certain products. Dry skin is also known to cause flaking whereas dehydrated skin features a dull and diminished complexion.
Products To Combat Dry Skin
When it comes to restoring hydration levels in dry skin, we recommend ingredient rich moisturisers and AHAs that slough off dead, flaky skin, whilst putting a high level of importance on building out a skincare solution that focuses on exfoliation and moisturising, allowing complexion that is softened and smoothed.
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Products To Combat Dehydrated Skin
If the feeling of dehydrated skin creeps in, then it’s time to saturate your skin with moisture. This is done by incorporating hydrating and replenishing ingredients that will return skin elasticity, featuring a brighter, more revitalised complexion.
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