I admit that for a long time I thought dry and dehydrated skin were the same thing. But I don’t think I was alone in this. I remember seeing commercials talking about dry and dehydrated skin. And I therefore thought that the cause of dry skin was dehydration. So I assumed it was all the same.
But I’ve never been corrected in it either. I often indicated to the beautician that my skin is dry, dehydrated and she never corrected me for it.
Recently I found out that there is indeed a difference. And I would like to share this knowledge with you!
Dry vs. dehydrated skin
So there is a difference between dry and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is deficient in sebum. Dehydrated skin is deficient in moisture.
Dry skin is deficient in sebum
You can suffer from dry skin all your life. If you have dry skin, it produces less sebum. This makes it more difficult to retain moisture. Your skin will feel dry and tight.
External influences can also cause your skin to become dry. For example due to temperature fluctuations, exposure to the sun and smoking. These influences can damage your skin barrier. This prevents your skin from retaining moisture properly.
But also as you get older, your skin becomes drier.
Dehydrated skin is deficient in moisture
Actually, dehydrated skin can occur with any skin type. The cells in your skin layers should contain 10% moisture. When it’s less than 10%, your skin is dehydrated.
Do you have a dry skin? Then you are more likely to suffer from dehydrated skin.
But oily skin can also be dehydrated. People who have this often use the wrong skin care products. This damages the protective layer of their skin, preventing it from retaining moisture. This causes more irregularities, such as pimples.
But medicines against acne can also cause a disturbed moisture balance.
How do you know if your skin is dry or dehydrated?
At first glance, dry and dehydrated skin look alike. They are both flaky, sensitive, tight and look dull. Yet they have different causes and characteristics.
The charactics of dry skin:
- Is a skin type and therefore genetically determined.
- Is deficient in sebum.
- Is dry all over the body, especially the hands and scalp.
- Often has fiber pores.
- Has a dull and gray appearance.
- No grease is visible and therefore has little trouble with pimples.
- Needs constant nourishment, such as oil-rich products.
The charactics of dehydrated skin:
- Is a skin condition.
- Is deficient in moisture.
- Can feel oily and dry at the same time.
- Sebum is visible.
- Suffers from blackheads and pimples.
- Depends on external influences, such as the weather.
- Needs moisturizing products.
What does dry skin need?
Keep your dry skin in good condition with repairing and nourishing products.
Shower not too hot and too long. And use skin care products on your face and body as soon as possible after showering. Watch out with irritating products. These can damage your skin.
Vaseline and and oils calms your skin and allow it to recover from within.
What does dehydrated skin need?
It’s important to prevent the skin from evaporating more moisture. Therefore don’t use too much warm water on your skin. Warm water ensures that a lot of moisture evaporates from your skin.
So with this knowledge I can say that my skin is dry and sometimes dehydrated as well. I’ll never say this wrong again!
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