Dry skin and dehydrated skin are not the same thing – it’s important to know the difference

Your skin is flaky, itchy and tight…

… and let’s not even get started on your complexion that’s dull and lack-lustre looking.

You naturally assume that winter has done a number on your skin, and in a desperate attempt to get your skin back to its once glowing, happy state, you reach for any (and every) dry skin remedy that you can find.

But, did you know that there’s a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin? And that, by understanding how they differ, you might be able to unlock the secret to having a good skin day, every day?

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Dry vs dehydrated skin

Both leave your skin feeling ‘meh’; but, while the one is a product of genetics, the other is a problem that arises from your skin type – or you not taking care of your skin properly.

We map out the differences below:

Dry skin = a skin type

Dry skin is constantly dry – especially in winter. You’ll feel dry all over, including your hands and your scalp.

Good to know: Dry skin can also be dehydrated.

Dry skin needs oil rich products for barrier support. The skin’s lipid barrier acts like a strong wall to keep moisture in and irritants out. So, to treat and defend against dry skin, you’d need to invest in lipid-rich products to help restore your skin’s barrier.

For an extra moisture boost, try turning on a humidifier (especially during winter months) while you sleep.

Top moisturiser pick for dry skin: Dermalogica intensive moisture balance (100ml, R1 449)

Dehydrated skin = a treatable skin condition

Dehydrated skin is a treatable skin condition, rather than a skin type. Dehydrated skin comes and goes – and can feel oily and dry at the same time.

Dehydration can send your skin into overdrive to protect itself; resulting in tightness, oiliness and breakouts. To treat dehydrated skin, you’d need to include water-rich products for more hydration in your skincare regime.

Water-rich products will help to re-hydrate and balance your skin.

You can also hydrate your skin from within by making sure that you drink enough water. If you struggle to hit the recommended daily intake, you can also try to incorporate water-rich foods into your diet. Think watermelon, cucumber and celery!

Top moisturiser pick for dehydrated skin: Dermalogica skin smoothing cream (100ml, R1 179)