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What Is The Difference Between Dry And Dehydrated Skin?
Rachel Gibbons Beauty Expert
What Is The Difference Between Dry And Dehydrated Skin?

Dry skin is a skin type which lacks oils or lipids, whereas dehydrated skin is a skin condition where your skin lacks water in its top layer. Your skin doesn't need to be dry to be dehydrated, oily or acne-prone skin types can also be dehydrated.

Symptoms of dry skin

  • Feels rough
  • Appears dry
  • Can be flaky, white flakes
  • Scaly appearance
  • More likely to have eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis
  • Redness

Testing for dry skin: The blotting test

  1. Gently pat a blotting paper on the different areas of your face.
  2. Hold the sheet up to the light to determine how much oil is visible. 
  3. If the sheet picked up little to no oil, you most likely have dry skin

What to do if you have dry skin

  • Apply moisturiser immediately after cleansing 
  • Use an ointment or cream rather than a lotion that contains one or more of the following ingredients:
  • Stay away from bath sponges, scrub brushes, and washcloths
  • Use fragrance-free laundry detergents and avoid fabric softeners
  • Avoid wearing wool and other fabrics that can irritate the skin
  • Use an oil-based, fragrance-free cleanser instead of a foaming one

    Symptoms of dehydrated skin

    • Looks dull
    • Feels tight
    • Feels rough
    • Is sensitive
    • Shows fine lines
    • Shows premature signs of ageing, like sagging skin and deep wrinkles
    • Darker under-eye circles, or tired eye appearance
    • Itchiness
    • Skin dullness

    Testing for dehydrated skin: The pinch test

    1. Pinch a small amount of skin on your cheek, abdomen, chest, or the back of your hand and hold for a few seconds.
    2. If your skin snaps back, you’re likely not dehydrated.
    3. If it takes a few moments to bounce back, you’re likely dehydrated.
    4. Repeat in other areas if you’d like.

    What to do if you have dehydrated skin

    • Drink plenty of water
    • Apply moisturisers or serums that contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid which is good at retaining water in the skin
    • Wear sunscreen to avoid your skin drying out
    • Lifestyle changes such as avoiding alcohol and smoking as that dehydrates your skin
    • Reduce the temperature of your showers or taker shorter warm showers
    • Invest in a humidifier

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