Do you suffer from dehydrated skin? No, we don’t mean dry skin. According to leading dermatologists, these terms are not interchangeable—while dry skin is caused by a lack of oil, dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water. It is important to learn the differences between the two, as the treatment for dehydrated skin is sometimes a little more rigorous.
In general, dryness is a skin type and dehydration is a skin condition. Tata Harper, the founder of Tata Harper Skincare, told Allure that dryness occurs when skin produces less sebum than normal skin and lacks the necessary lipids to retain moisture. So, dryness is caused by internal factors. On the other hand, dehydration is caused by external factors, such weather, the environment, caffeine intake, diet, and more. These factors often lead to decreased amounts of water in the skin.
Dehydrated skin will often feel tight and appear dull. There may be an increased number of wrinkles and exaggerated dark circles beneath the eyes. Dehydration may also manifest itself as a series of breakouts, with redness, inflammation, and redness. If you are not prone to breakouts and you suddenly experience these symptoms, there is a simple test you can conduct for evaluating dehydrated skin. Simply pinch your cheek. If it is quickly wrinkling under pressure instead of holding its shape, your skin may be dehydrated. Your best option may be to speak to a dermatologist about possible treatment routes.
Dry skin is often flaky and itchy. Although this can be rather annoying and uncomfortable, there are several quick and easy ways to soothe your skin. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, may take a few weeks to get under control, but the good news is that the condition can easily be treated with a simple routine at home. Besides drinking plenty of water, exfoliating at least once a week will keep dead skin cleared away and allow your moisturizer to work better.
Adding new products to your routine may also help cure dehydration. Before moisturizing, apply a hyaluronic acid-infused serum to your skin. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the skin, but a supplemental intake of the ingredient is key for keeping skin hydrated. Using a heavier moisturizer at night can also counteract the water you may lose in your sleep.
With a steady routine, your skin will feel better in no time!