When working on clients, I always ask their skin type in a consultation and 9 times out of 10 they’ll respond with ‘combination’. While some genuinely do have combination skin (a mixture of skin types), many simply misinterpret dehydrated skin for dry skin. Which is easy to do, as both can display similar symptoms.
So what is the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?
Well, the main difference is dry skin is a skin type, whereas dehydrated skin is a temporary skin condition. But you should note, dry skin can sometimes be a temporary skin condition caused by factors such as certain medication or using skin care products not suited to your skin type. Which is why identifying your skin type is extremely important. Unsure of yours? You can find out here.
Dry skin is caused by the sebaceous glands not producing enough sebum, an oily substance made up of fatty acids, sugar, waxes and other natural chemicals that form a barrier over the skin to protect it from environmental factors that will dry out the skin. While dry skin can affect people of all ages due to genetics, it’s extremely common in more mature clients. As we age, our sebaceous glands naturally become less active, meaning less sebum is produced to protect the skin.
Avoid: Washing several times a day with hot water, abrasive scrubbing of the skin, harsh soaps that will dissolve your natural sebum, heavily air-conditioned rooms or constant exposure to the sun.
Recommended: A regular nourishing skin care routine. I suggest using balms, oils and serums in your morning and evening routine to help restore your natural sebum production.
Dehydrated skin is a temporary skin condition caused by a lack of water in the skin. The epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) should ideally be made up of 20%-35% water. When the skin is lacking hydration, you experience symptoms similar to those of dry skin, which is where the confusion comes in. Dehydration can affect any skin type which is why many people with normal or oily skin believe they have combination skin when, in fact, it’s simply dehydrated. This skin condition can be caused by a number of factors, including stress, not drinking enough water, cold winter air, poor skincare routine, medication or smoking.
Avoid: Smoking, stress, caffeine, too much sun, heavily air conditioned or centrally heated rooms, alcohol or products containing lanolins or fragrances.
Recommended: Drinking 8 glasses of water a day, cut back on caffeine and alcohol and a regular skin care routine using hydrating products, such as milk, specified oils and treatments for dehydrated skin.
Recommended products: Hydraluron Moisture Booster // Avene Hydrance Optimale Serum 30ml // La Roche-Posay Hydreane Rich Moisturizing Cream 40ml
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