Dry skin is a skin type that is caused by insufficient sebum production, while it is a temporary condition caused by a lack of water in the skin. If you're not sure how to tell if your skin is dehydrated or dry, keep reading. There are a few symptoms to look for that can help you tell the difference.
The terms "dry skin" and "dehydrated skin" are often confused in skin care. However, dry and dehydrated skin actually have two different meanings—and different needs for maintaining healthy-looking skin. Dry skin is a skin type that does not produce enough oils to keep the skin hydrated and protect it from the environment. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, does not have enough water in the topmost layer of the skin. This loss of water can disrupt your skin's protective barrier function, resulting in uncomfortable skin that feels itchy, dry and tight. Read on to learn about the primary signs of dehydrated skin and dry skin, plus tips for creating a skin care routine that supports the skin barrier and addresses each issue properly.
FACTS ABOUT DEHYDRATED SKIN VS. DRY SKIN
Dry skin and dehydrated skin have different underlying causes, but they can share many of the same characteristics—including itchiness, tightness, and rough texture.
Dry skin is a skin type that produces less sebum (sebum) than other skin types.
Dry skin can be aggravated by factors such as the weather, age and taking too long hot showers.
Dehydrated skin, which is often mistaken for dry skin, is a condition where the skin lacks water in the topmost layer.
A consistent skin care routine that includes gentle, hydrating skin care products can help restore comfortable skin for both dry and dehydrated skin.
Why is my skin so dry?
Dry skin is one of the five basic skin types (the others are oily, normal, combination and sensitive). This skin type is characterized by skin that produces less sebum than normal or oily skin. Dry skin is often caused by genetics, but various internal and external factors can also make it worse. This includes cold or dry climates, certain medical treatments, showers that are too hot, drying skin care products and the natural aging process.
Dry skin is very common and most people will experience it at some point in their lives. As you get older, you may notice that your skin is drier because the skin's ability to produce sebum decreases over time (especially after 40).
Signs of dry skin
Because dry skin types consistently produce less sebum than other skin types, it can appear dull and feel dry and uncomfortable all over. Dry skin can also be prone to cracking. If not cared for properly, dry skin can even lead to sensitivities like eczema and psoriasis, according to the Mayo Clinic.1 Other symptoms of dry skin can include:
- Rough texture
- Feeling cramped
- More pronounced fine lines
- Flaking, peeling, or flaking
What causes dehydrated skin?
Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition that is often mistaken for dry skin. In the case of dehydrated skin, it's all about the amount of water in your skin. Healthy skin contains approximately 30% water, which is essential for maintaining elasticity, firmness and suppleness.2 When your skin loses more water than it takes in, it can become dehydrated.
So while dry skin (skin type) lacks oil, dehydrated skin (skin condition) lacks water. This skin problem is usually caused by damage to the skin's protective barrier or by various external factors such as extremely cold, dry weather or a lack of water in the diet.
How to tell if your skin is dehydrated
Symptoms of dehydrated skin are often similar to dry skin and can leave your skin looking dull and feeling tight, rough. Because dehydrated skin is more of a temporary skin condition than a skin type, it's possible for dehydrated skin on your face to feel both oily and dry at the same time. You may also notice more pronounced fine lines and wrinkles, which is why dehydrated skin is also sometimes confused with premature skin aging.
With dehydrated skin, you may notice that your skin looks tired, with darker shadows and circles under your eyes. You may also notice signs of dehydration that come and go depending on activities, seasons, lifestyle changes, or even cosmetics or skin care products.
Tips for dehydrated and dry skin
Although dry skin and dehydrated skin are different—each with its own unique needs—there are steps you can take to address both issues. Read on to discover our tips on how to get rid of dry skin and how to treat dehydrated skin with the healthy skin tips below.
Support your skin barrier
A strong skin barrier is essential for achieving healthy looking skin and treating dryness. Keeping your skin hydrated with plenty of nourishing moisturizers, salves and creams is one effective way to help maintain your skin's barrier function.
Use a gentle, moisturizing cleanser
Pay extra attention when choosing a facial cleanser or makeup remover. Ideally, your cleanser should be mild, fragrance-free, and alcohol-free. It should be formulated to meet the needs of your skin type without disrupting the skin's natural barrier.
Tip for dry skin: We recommend the Face Fresh Cleanser Cream, which effectively removes impurities and make-up without stripping the skin of moisture or leaving it tight and dry. This cleanser allows those with dry skin to enjoy the benefits of both a creamy cleanser that hydrates and a foaming formula that leaves skin feeling refreshed—without having to choose between the two.
Limit showers and baths to 10 minutes or less
To support dry skin, try to limit your shower time to 10 minutes or less and don't bathe more than once a day.1 Showering with warm (not hot) water can also be helpful to reduce the drying effects. daily bathing. A gentle, foaming, unscented body wash can also help. Then pat the skin dry and immediately apply a moisturizer.
Baby Skin Care Tip: If your baby's skin tends to feel dry before or after bathing, check out these three reasons why your baby's skin might be dry.
Focus on all contributing lifestyle factors
If you want to feel comfortable against the skin, choose clothes made of soft fabrics and add a layer of silk or cotton when wearing wool or other coarse fabrics. And when washing clothes, choose a hypoallergenic detergent to help prevent irritation. You can even try using a humidifier to add more moisture to your environment.
Tip for dehydrated skin: Experts recommend avoiding or cutting back on caffeine and alcohol — and increasing your intake of water and water-rich fruits and vegetables — which can help prevent your body (and therefore your skin) from becoming dehydrated.
Choose moisturizing skin care products
We recommend choosing hydrating cleansers, moisturizers and eye creams that have a special formula