Dry vs Dehydrated skin: What's the difference?

What is the difference and why does it matter.

Did you know that dry and dehydrated skin are two different things? It’s important to understand the distinction between the two to know what products are best for you and the best way to treat your skin.

Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that occurs when there’s a lack of water in the skin. This can happen to anyone and any skin type - even people with oily skin can still experience dehydration. 

What you see: Skin looks dull, shows signs of premature aging such as surface wrinkles and loss of elasticity. 

You might also notice:

  • Tired eyes
  • Dark under eye circles 
  • Itchiness
  • Lacklustre skin 
  • More sensitive fine lines and wrinkles 

Dry Skin is a skin type where the complexion lacks oils or lipids so it takes on a more flaky, dry appearance.

What you see: Scaly appearance, White flakes , Redness and irritation , increased incidence of psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis.

dry vs dehydrated skin

Make the distinction between dry and dehydrated skin 

Try a pinch test - It’s not definitive but it’s a good way to start thinking about your skin from the inside out.

pinch test for dehydrated skin

How do you treat dehydrated and dry skin?

Dehydrated skin lacks water. It is caused by many external factors, but the most common are weather, environment, diet, and caffeine consumption, all of which can result in diminished water content within the skin.

For dehydrated skin, hydration is a must because it’s adding water into complexion from the inside. You can also incorporate water-rich foods into your diet, such as watermelon, strawberries, cucumber, and celery. Another easy tip? Carry around a water mist, like this  Plant water face mist.

For dry skin, keep on moisturizing. This process helps dry skin better retain water and maintain a proper level of hydration. The key to addressing dry skin is finding products that help you lock in moisture, especially overnight. Try using a humidifier especially during winter months, and wear a hydrating face mask.

Illuminate your dull, dry skin by starting with our Monastery cleansing oil to preserve the integrity of the skin barrier and follow up with the LESSE Regeneration Face Mist to draw moisture into the skin and boost natural collagen production. Moisturize with the ultra-rich Haeckels Ultra Marine Face Cream to help fight dryness and top it off with the Inna Organic's Frankincense Revitalizing Face Oil to replenish your skins natural moisture levels.

When shopping for new skincare, what ingredients should I look for?

skincare products for dry and dehydrated skin




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