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Is your skin dry or dehydrated? What’s the difference?
You may find yourself trialling all the latest skin products and treatments, but if you haven’t determined whether your skin is dry or dehydrated, you may be headed in the wrong direction.
Dryness and dehydration are not the same kettle of fish when it comes to skin treatments. Dry skin lacks oil or lipids. Dehydrated skin simply lacks water. Therefore, dehydrated skin can still be oily.
But how do you tell the difference?
If you have dehydrated skin you may have the following symptoms:
– uneven skin tone
– an overall feeling of tightness
– visible fine lines
Many of the above can be associated with dry skin too, however, you can try a few things to help you determine the difference.
According to Ross C. Radusky, a board-certified Dermatologist in SOHO, a good test is to pinch your cheek. If your skin is wrinkling with gentle pressure, instead of holding its shape, you are most likely dehydrated. Dehydrated skin often looks dull and you may have dark circles under your eyes.
If you have dry skin you may have the following symptoms:
– flaky skin
– dryness may be exaggerated around the nose and mouth or near your brows
– on the body, common trouble areas include the neck, the inside of the arms, and the thighs
How to treat dehydrated skin
First and foremost, hydration is key. There is no set amount of water intake for everyone as it depends on your lifestyle, the climate you live in, your diet and current exercise regime. However, try to drink at least 2.5 litres of water a day and more if you exercise frequently.
You may also want to opt for a gentle cleanser and avoid harsh scrubs until you have restored hydration.
How to treat dry skin
The key to addressing dry skin is finding products that help you lock in moisture, especially overnight. Opt for hydrating products that work to increase water content in the skin. Skin needling may also be a good option to help your product penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, however it is best to speak with your skin consultant first to find out what is best for you.