Last updated on Aug 27th, 2019 at 12:26 pm

Do you know how to identify dry skin? Have a look at these signs and symptoms to help you along…

If you’ve always had dry skin, you may very likely find the heading of this article a little bizarre. That’s because you know what dry skin looks and feels like, and don’t need help identifying it.

Back in my beauty college days, I remember some students only grasping the concept of dry skin after we had practised skin peels on each other (we miraculously all survived these practice rounds with our skins intact).

If you’ve experienced some changes in your skin, have a read through the symptoms below to see if you may have dry skin:

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Skins of different colours react in different ways to dryness. Darker skins become grey in tone, looking lifeless and dull. Fair skins tend to become red or pink when they reach a level of dryness where your natural barrier function becomes impaired.


Dry skin tends to feel a little rough to the touch. This is because cell turnover is impaired, and the dead skin cells that are supposed to naturally shed are partially sticking to the skin surface. This can vary from a slight feeling of bumpiness or roughness to full on flaking, depending on the degree of dryness.

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Visible signs of dryness

Aside from the changes in colour and texture mentioned above, you may also see some other symptoms that you don’t realise are from dry skin. These can range from fine lines and cracks (depending on the area) to peeling skin.


Dry skin may feel a little different from one person to the next depending on factors like age, natural skin type, race and overall skin health. Generally speaking, if you ever feel tightness, itching or burning, whether mild or severe, that’s a sign of dry skin and you need to relook at your products and skincare routine.

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Product efficacy

When your skin becomes dry, you’ll start noticing a few things about your everyday cosmetics.

Your face and body hygiene products are likely to immediately make your skin feel uncomfortable – accompanied by tight, dry or burning feelings. Your usual moisturisers will also feel like they vanish immediately into your skin, and products like foundation will sit on the skin surface instead of blending in like they usually would.

Look out for these signs and don’t ignore them!

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