Dry or Dehydrated?

There is a lot of confusion around the subject of dry/dehydrated skin. These two are not the same thing, but very often someone with dry skin thinks that they have dehydrated skin. 

Dry Skin is a skin type. It means that you have skin that produces less oil. Oily skin, on the other hand, produces a lot of oil.

Dehydrated skin is not a skin type. Dehydrated skin refers to the water content in your skin. It is a skin condition. The causes of dehydrated skin are many. Often it is due to diet, excessive sun exposure, excessive alcohol intake, or any other environmental effects or lifestyle choices that result in dehydration.

All skin types need hydration (water) and where there is a lack of it, the skin can actually react by creating more oil. This can lead to breakouts and congestion and often people then use harsh skincare to strip away the oil and then resulting in even more oil and irritation. Nooooo..! this is so common. Avoid!

So what should you do if you have dehydrated skin? drink lots of water, use a good serum, wash your face in lukewarm water (not hot) with a gentle cleanser that will not strip away your skin's natural oils. Use gentle and hydrating facial creams that contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. Take a look at your lifestyle and if there are any changes you could make in order to help your skin. This could be increasing water intake, reducing alcohol intake, eating more greens and being careful when out in the sun. Most of all, treat your skin with love and care, you deserve it! 

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