Do You Have Dry or Dehydrated Skin? Why You Need to Know the Difference!

Hydration is key. But first you need to know what you're dealing with.

There is a big difference between dry and dehydrated skin. Identifying the contributing factors is key to optimal hydration. Here's how to do it!

31 Jan 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

Is your skin in need of supreme hydration? Well, first you have to figure out if you’re dealing with a dehydrated complexion or naturally dry skin. As Skinstitut Expert Zoe Devine explains, there is a big difference.

“There is a difference between the two, and also in the way dry and dehydrated skin should be managed,” she explains. “Dehydrated skin results due to moisture loss, whereas a lack of oil causes dry skin.”In most cases, dehydrated skin is caused by lifestyle factors. However, dry skin requiring oil could be due to lifestyle factors but could also be attributed to internal factors such as hormones or genetics”, she adds.

Your skin is dehydrated if it:

  • Feels taut
  • Looks scaly
  • Shows fine lines
  • Appears shiny.

Your skin is dry if it:

  • Feels itchy
  • Looks and feels rough
  • Flakes and peels

“Weather can play a big role in you skins hydration levels,” Zoe explains, “as can artificial temperature control, air conditioning and heating.”

Funnily enough, there is more moisture in the air during summer so winter can be harsher on your skin. But it is the activities we participate in during summer that exacerbate dehydration, Zoe says. “Swimming in chlorinated pools, spending hours on end in cold air-conditioning or prolonged sun and wind exposure,” are all factors, she says.

Heap Hydration On Your Face

The best way to up hydration levels is to use the correct moisturiser. You will need a higher proportion of fatty acids, particularly richer ingredients like shea butter, Zoe explains. “Avoid lightweight, watery moisturisers and always have a suitable cleanser and exfoliant prescribed for your skin,” she says.  – you may benefit from lower intensity cleansers and exfoliants

Heap Hydration On Your Plate

Foods can fight dehydration, so look for monounsaturated healthy fat-filled foods such as avocado, olives, and nuts (such as almonds, macadamias, hazelnuts and pecans. Polyunsaturated fats are also a winner, so fill up on walnuts, sunflower, sesame, chia, and flax seeds. Fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout, herring, and sardines also offer internal hydration.

Help Hydration At Home

Even when we have the best intentions with our skin, we can get it wrong. Here are Zoe’s tips on home care that helps hydration:

  • Always use lukewarm water when cleansing the face
  • “Avoid overdoing the exfoliation step in your regime,” she cautions.
  • “Avoid the use of make-up wipes,” Zoe continues. “A gentle cleanser is the preferred makeup remover as it hydrates and nourishes in the process.”
  • If considering a third or fourth coffee for the day swap for a caffeine free herbal tea, she urges.
  • If you can’t help yourself, for every cup of coffee drink a large glass of water (this is on top of your eight glasses per day) she insists.

Here are Stylizen’s favourite hydrating buys:

Do You Have Dry or Dehydrated Skin? Why You Need To Know The Difference: SS16 - Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner

Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner, $27.99, available at Priceline.

Do You Have Dry or Dehydrated Skin? Why You Need To Know The Difference: SS16 - Skinstitut Hydrating Mask

Skinstitut Hydrating Mask, $45 now $30.15, available at Adore Beauty.

Do You Have Dry or Dehydrated Skin? Why You Need To Know The Difference: SS16 - Erno Laszlo Hydrating Cleansing Ritual Trio

Erno Laszlo Hydrating Cleansing Ritual Trio, $80, available at Sephora.

Do You Have Dry or Dehydrated Skin? Why You Need To Know The Difference: SS16 - Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 Hydrating Colour Corrector

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 Hydrating Colour Corrector, $49, available at Clinique.

Do You Have Dry or Dehydrated Skin? Why You Need To Know The Difference: SS16 - Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream, $76, available at Bobbi Brown.

Do you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin? How do you keep it hydrated? 


31 Jan 2017 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

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