How to Tell If Your Skin Is Dry or Dehydrated

Let’s break down the differences.

Many customers reach out and explain to us that their main concern are breakouts. And when looking at their skin needs and look through their history and the products they are using, while they may suffer from acne prone skin, there is an underlying issue.  In most cases, customers don’t simply suffer from blemish prone skin or suffer from acne, but there is an application challenge. With the social pressure, we all yarn for crystal clear and perfect complexion with an Über-Glow (not even sure what that unattainable goal means?) Turns out, often the skin of the customers is simply dehydrated. as Generally comes to the surprise of most customers as they perceive their skin as oily or at least a combination skin.  But don’t be fooled: The skin can be both oily or a combination and still be dehydrated .

In a nutshell, Dry skin is characterized by fewer oil-producing glands on the face and body. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a lack of water, not oil. So you can actually have an oily complexion but still have dehydrated skin.

Most of us understand the negative impacts of dehydration on our overall health and you constantly hear ‘make sure you drink enough water a day’ ‘stay hydrated’ ‘did you drink 8 glasses of water’.  But it has the potential to wreak visible havoc on your faces, when no hydration is placed onto your skin. And even if you drink two liters of water a day, your body doesn’t know what these glasses are for and you intend to get them delivered to your face. Your body makes a prioritises decision where the fluid is required. So put it on where it is needed: on your face directly.

Let’s understand the difference between overall dryness and dehydration and three steps to healthy, hydrated skin.

No 1 How to analyse your skin

Do you have dry skin or dehydrated skin? People can tend to have dry skin as they have less oil producing glands, while dehydrated skin is a cry-out of your skin. Dry skin lacks oil because it produces less sebum which means the skin has not enough lipids resulting in a lack of the ability to retain moisture and to build a healthy and protective skin barrier to protect against external aggressors.  Dehydrated skin does not have enough water in the form of hyaluronic acid. Thus drinking more water, isn’t fixing this issue. And it is a common misunderstanding used by many brands as well to promote other types of products. Dehydrated skin caused by many external factors but most common weather, environment, season, diet and the wrong type of products that one has used increasing the dehydration.

How to find out your skin is dry or dehydrated ? 

How to test then your skin to find out? Pinch your cheek. If it’s wrinkling with gentle pressure instead of holding its shape, your skin cells are desperate for water. Dehydrated skin also feels tight, look dull in the mirror, and you may notice more exaggerated wrinkles along with more exaggerated dark circles beneath your eyes.

No2 What treatment can be applied? 

For dry skin, there are a number of ways to soothe parched complexions. Most importantly, increase your antioxidant intake and reduce the number of acids, peelings to aggravate your dry skin even more and reduce water on your face such as mists, spritzs this type of category that is not required for dry skin. Dehydration, on the other hand, requires a different approach. While hydration is key if you’re suffering from dehydrated skin here are a couple of other steps to apply.

Gently Exfoliate

Apply gentle exfoliation but in certain amounts. As dead skin can build up, it can impact the absorption of hyaluronic absorption. You can use the NEW Vegan Facial Dry Brush to gently exfoliate once or twice a week to provide a gentle massage and also remove dead skin cells which supports for treatments to penetrate easily and deeply.

Add a Serum to Your Everyday Routine

To hydrate the skin, aim for serums and apply these before any moisturiser.  Serums are not moisturisers and vice-versa. All our serums contain hyaluronic acids with medium and low molecular size going deeply into the skin to plump it from within.

Your skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid, but supplementing via skin care is key for addressing dehydration, and unfortunately production of hyaluronic acid slows down from 30s onwards. So using products that contain hyaluronic acid stimulators or products containing the ability to boost your skin’s ability to produce its own hyaluronic acid.

Use a Heavier Moisturiser at Night

Even though we’re shielded from the harsh outdoor climate, by sitting indoors, the heated dry air causes us to naturally lose moisture while we sleep and it evaporates away.  Use a heavier oil-free and non-comedogenic moisturiser at night to counteract this. You can also apply an oil but then you need to apply a hyaluronic rich serum under the oil first to provide the hydration. You need to apply a formulation with hydrating hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich  extracts to leave skin feeling soft and smooth without a greasy feel.

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Pay Attention to the Seasons

Temperature and humidity changes can really affect the way your skin looks and behaves. Winter is particularly harsh as cold, low humidity air can cause skin to dry out and become itchy, cracked and irritated. Cold air also tightens pores, reduces circulation, and reduces sebum production. In addition, low humidity, hot showers, and central heat also contribute to skin dehydration. This is why it’s so important to create a winter-specific regime to soothe weather-worn skin.

Drink Water

Yes, drinking water is important. But not fixing your skin condition of dehydrated skin. It is simply to feel internally hydrated. While you are at it, support the detox process and start the day off with a green juice such as a celery juice or a lemon drink to support gut health. Still, don’t forget to externally hydrate your skin as the water is for internal hydration and not to support your skin hydration.

Get a Humidifier

Consider putting a humidifier in your office or home to keep the air adequately humid so your skin doesn’t release moisture to the air. In particular during winter, the air will be drier due to the heating and thus a humidifier will be a great addition to maintain a level moisture int the air. Also great to get some aromatherapy and room fragrance spread to calm the senses.

N0 3 Maintenance

Dry skin is an inherent skin condition that will sustain for most of your life. And as mentioned above, dehydration is more of a condition due to wrong application, usage of products or not using enough hyaluronic acid in your everyday skincare routine. Hydration really helps to plump the skin. Hyaluronic Acid is also your answer to Collagen. As once the cells are filled up in your skin, your face looks fresh and plump.  In addition, it minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Forget about Collagen or Vegan Collagen which is one of those marketing gimmicks of the beauty industry. And typically makes me laugh. As long as you are using products rich in Hyaluronic Acid, you will get a fresh looking youthful glow!

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Want to learn more about Hyaluronic Acid. Head over to our Post where we explain how Hyaluronic Acid Works.   

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