Dry skin vs dehydrated skin, what’s the difference?
Dry skin is a skin type, it’s what you’re born with and you can’t change it. Dehydrated skin is a skin condition, meaning with proper care you can manage it. Dry skin types lack lipids (oil) and often feels tight or even flaky after cleansing. There is often an “absence of pores” meaning the pore (follicle) is harder to see. Dry skin needs gentle, non-stripping cleansers and ultra hydrating moisturizers. Facial oils can also be a great choice in a dry skin routine.
Dehydrated skin is lacking water. It can look crepey with fine, vertical lines and often appears dull. Anyone can have dehydrated skin, even oily skin types. Dehydrated skin can be caused by inappropriate skin care, over exfoliation, environmental factors, and aging. If your skin is dehydrated evaluate your skin care, reduce alcohol and/or sodium intake, increase water intake, and wear SPF.
Hyaluronic acid and niacinamide can be instrumental in addressing both dry and dehydrated skin. Niacinamide can help stabilize the skin barrier and reduce transepidermal water loss. Hyaluronic acid draws water in to increase hydration levels. If you have dehydrated skin it should be addressed ASAP, as it can bring about other conditions such as sensitivity or acne.
*Pro tip: apply a hyaluronic acid serum on damp skin and seal with a moisturizer or facial oil. This application technique helps maximize hyaluronic acid’s benefits*