Difference Between DRY and DEHYDRATED Skin – With Recommendations

Welcome Skintellectuals!

Today i am going to do something ive not really done before! I am going to explain the difference between 2 terms – “Dry and Dehydrated”. I often get asked about what the difference between dry skin and dehydration, a lot of people think they are the same but they are actually really different.

So when we use the terms “Dry” and “Dehydrated” in skincare we often mean some different to what us usually meant. Dry is a skin type and is characterised by a lack of sebum (oil) being produced by the skin. To identify dry skin you are looking for things such as uneven texture to the skin it almost feels rough to the touch, it can be flakey and makeup won’t apply well you will often see dry patches.

Now this is where it gets a little complicated, dehydrated skin is not a skin type its a skin condition so this means that all skins can become dehydrated, so you could be dry and dehydrated or oily and dehydrated. Dehydrated skin is characterised by a lack of water in the skin, dehydrated skin often looks dull, shows fine lines, feel tight, your skin might not look as plump and firm as it could be.

Difference Between DRY and DEHYDRATED Skin - With Recommendations

There are things you can do to help your skin and i thought i would recommend a few products.

If you have dry skin you’ll want to replenish the hydrolipid barrier that protects your skin from the outside world, you’ll find rich emollient products, Oils and such will be great for you. I love the Votary Cleansing Oil this is such a nutrient rich cleanser that not only helps to clean the skin but to help boost it as well.

Good emollient moisturisers are also really great for dry skin, i love the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre and the Murad Hydro-Quench Ultimate Moisture. These are both great at moisturising the skin without being to thick and heavy.

I also really love the Estee Lauder ANR Recovery Mask in Oil, this is perfect for those of you who are more mature and find themselves with dry skin as this will help to strengthen the skin while working on getting rid of the dullness and loss of radiance as well as providing you with great anti aging ingredients such as a complex of lipids, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and Estee Lauder’s patented Chronolux technology.

Difference Between DRY and DEHYDRATED Skin - With Recommendations

If you are dehydrated you want products that will hydrate the skin and help you hold onto water more efficiently. Hyaluronic Acid is the number ingredient to look out for, this little miracle can hold up to 1000x its own weight in water so you can imagine how much the skin loves it! I love using the Evolve Beauty Hyaluronic Serum 200 as it contains different weights of HA so they can penetrate different layers of the skin. Another fantastic product for dehydration is REN Flash Hydro-Boost, this a serum type product that is applied after cleanser again this contains form of hyaluronic acid as well as Xylitol and Ceramides. This not only helps to hydrate the skin it helps to lock in the moisture to prevent it escaping.

If you have a problem with your skin being constantly dehydrated there are a few things you could try doing that aren’t related to skincare but still work. You could try taking showers and washing your face with water that is lukewarm as overly hot water contributes to dehydration and dryness, instead of drinking gallons of water which ends up being flushed out of your body try eating your water – foods that have a high water  content such as cucumbers, watermelon, carrots, peaches, etc

I have always loved this quote by Dr Howard Murad, the person who came up with the idea of eating your water

“When we eat more water-rich foods, we absorb water more slowly because it is trapped in the structure of these foods. That slow absorption means that water in food stays in our bodies longer, with a multitude of additional benefits.”

Difference Between DRY and DEHYDRATED Skin - With Recommendations

Hopefully now you will under the difference between dry and dehydrated skin and will be able to deal with your own skin now!

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Talia James

Scottish science nerd obsessed with all things beauty! Creator of The Skincare Saviour, a skincare blog covering everything from reviews, tutorials to busting myths, finding dupes and breaking down trends.



Skincare blog covering everything from reviews, tutorials to busting myths, finding dupes and breaking down trends.