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Is Your Skin Dry Or Dehydrated?

Is Your Skin Dry Or Dehydrated?

Are you struggling with rough, itchy, or tight skin? Your skin could by dry, or it could be dehydrated — and understanding the difference between the two is essential in determining how to care for it.

What is dry skin?

Dry skin is a skin type that lacks oil production, which can cause the skin to feel tight, rough and itchy. If you have dry skin, you might have flakey patches and an overall dull appearance. Dry skin can be genetic, but it can also be caused by environmental factors like cold weather, harsh soaps, or sun damage.

What is dehydrated skin?

Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition caused by a lack of water in the skin. If your skin is dehydrated, it might look dull and feel tight or sensitive, and you might be seeing more fine lines than what's typical for you. Dehydrated skin can be caused by a variety of factors, including environmental factors such as air conditioning or indoor heating, inadequate water intake, or using harsh skincare products.

How to care for dry and dehydrated skin

To treat dry skin, it's important to use a thick, nourishing moisturizer that helps to replenish the skin's natural oils. Avoid using harsh soaps or hot water, which can strip the skin.

To treat dehydrated skin, increase your water intake both internally and externally. Drinking plenty of water can help to rehydrate the skin from the inside out, while using a hydrating serum or facial mist can help to replenish moisture levels in the skin.

Top tip: Always patch test any new remedies before applying them to your entire face.

Now that you know whether your skin is dry or dehydrated, you can start crafting a routine to nourish your skin the right way.

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