Dehydrated vs Dry Skin— Is There a Difference?

Do you ever feel like your skin is congested/acne prone beneath the surface but topically your skin feels dry, flaky, and textured to the touch? Well, you might actually be suffering from dehydration.

I can't tell you how many clients I've treated over the years who believe they have milia better known as closed comedones (breakouts beneath surface) when in fact, they are suffering from dehydration. Breakouts can come out in any skin type so please, don't be fooled.

MYTHS DEBUNKED:

A lot of folks believe they experience 2 skin types at the same time, which isn't possible. You can't have both dry and oily skin but you can for sure have oily and dehydrated skin or dry and dehydrated skin. Oily skin means your skin produces oil. Dry skin means it doesn’t produce oil so these totally contradict one other.

Dryness refers to a skin "type" (lack of oil)

Dehydration refers to a skin "condition" (lack of water)

HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M DRY, DEHYDRATED OR BOTH?

DEHYDRATED SKIN: A perfect test is to, gently pinch your cheek. If it wrinkles with the gentle pressure you've applied rather than holding its shape, your skin cells are CRYING for water. If you need more evidence of diagnosis, pay attention to your current skin state. Dehydrated skin include redness, lots of congestion( many mistakes for acne), and inflamed beneath the surface. It will feel tight, appear dull, with exaggerated wrinkles and dark circles beneath your eyes on the surface. Main causes stem from the weather, environmental stresses, diet, and caffeine consumption, all of which can result in diminished water content within the skin."

DRY SKIN: More visually prominent, dry skin is extremely uncomfortable, itchy, patchy, flaky. Common areas are around eyes, nose, corners of mouth, and elbows.

TREATMENTS

DRY SKIN

1) Amp up antioxidants (internally + externally) by reducing acids/retinol in your skincare routine. I would eliminate all anti-aging products in my routine until the skin heals completely to avoid even worse irritation, then ease back in, using the product only every third night to start.

2) EXFOLIATE: please please don't be afraid to exfoliate. dead skin cells build up and will diminish the absorption of moisturizers. Exfoliate once a week to diminish dead skin cells so that your hydrating products penetrate deeper and become more effective.

3) Invest in a humidifier to break up the dry air in your space with healthy humidity and moisture

DEHYDRATED SKIN

1) Simply put, you need more water intake ( internally + topically). A super easy quick tip would be to apply a hydrating mist such as rose water or chamomile hydrosol.

2) Apply water-based products such as a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid before your thicker oils/creams. This will amp up hydrating properties.

3) Drink a green juice with veggies high in water content such as celery, spinach, and cucumber. It's obvious but amp up H20 intake always drinking 8 glasses at a minimum.

All my love,

Shani