Dry vs Dehydrated Skin: What's the Difference?

Dry vs Dehydrated Skin: What's the Difference?

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It is important to understand the difference between dry and dehydrated skin. Both skin types require different treatments and care, so it is best to know exactly what to look out for. 

Dry skin is the result of a lack of natural oils and moisture, whereas dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water content. Dry skin is usually caused by genetics, environmental factors, harsh skincare products, or air conditioning. Dehydrated skin can be caused by poor diet, dehydration, excessive exfoliation, and even a lack of sleep.

Dry skin is usually flaky, itchy, and tight, whereas dehydrated skin usually feels dull and wrinkles more easily. Additionally, dry skin may be more sensitive to environmental factors, such as dry air or cold temperatures, whereas dehydrated skin is more sensitive to things like soap and skincare products.

To treat dry skin, opt for moisturizing products with natural oils and ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba oil, and almond oil. These products can help lock in moisture and reduce flaking. For dehydrated skin, focus on hydrating products such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides, which can boost water content and help restore the skin’s natural barrier.

It is important to note that while hydrating products can help treat dehydrated skin, they are not suitable for dry skin as they may further strip it of its natural oils and cause more irritation. Additionally, it is essential to use non-comedogenic products that do not clog pores and reduce the skin’s natural oil production.

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