Do any of the thoughts and situations below sound familiar to you?
- "My face is constantly dry. In the morning I moisturize before I go off to work but during the middle of the day it just gets so bad it starts to flake."
- "My skin drinks up everything I put on it and my makeup literally vanishes throughout the day."
- "I can't get out of the shower without coating my face with a layer of cream, and even then sometimes my skin is still dry."
- "Today I put on my normal moisturizer and went on my way to work. When I got there, those areas were already dry again! I put another dab of moisturizer on, but now 6ish hours later, it's back again. This makes it really difficult to wear makeup because I just feel self-conscious that it will look flaky in those areas."
If you have answered yes to any of these thoughts and situations, let us tell you, you are not alone.
Do you have Symptoms of Dry or Dehydrated Skin?The winter season brings frost and low temperatures. The summer heat and sweat. How can you differentiate if your skin is dry or dehydrated?
First of all you need to know that:
Dry and dehydrated skins have similar characteristics, but different underlying causes.
We will show you how to identify whether you have dry or dehydrated skin, as well as the Do's and Dont's for each.
DRY Skin - A skin type that you HAVE
- Caused by lack of oil in the skin
- Dry on the surface
- Skin looks dull
- Rough texture
- Elevated number ridges
- Flaky skin
- Skin is not plump
DEHYDRATED Skin - A skin condition that you can experience
- Caused by lack of water in the skin
- Dehydrated from within the body (not enough liquids)
- Tired, parched, weathered
- “Tight” feeling
- Absorbs moisturizers quickly
- Makeup disappears throughout the day
- Can be dry or oily
It’s also common to have dry skin and dehydrated skin at the same time. If by judging from above you are able to determine you have dehydrated skin, here’s another test to confirm your claim:
Determine Your Skin's Dehydration Level with this TEST
Do the Pinch test - Pinch the skin on your cheek to get a close-up view of the surface of your skin. If you’re able to notice fine lines (not aging wrinkles) on the surface level, the issue could be dehydration.
Do the Smile Test - Flash a beaming smile from ear to ear. As you release your smile, you’ll want to check two places for any remaining fine lines:
- Around your mouth area.
- Delicate skin around eyes.
If fine lines remain in either case, dehydration may be the issue and your skin could use more water.
When your skin is hydrated, it keeps the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Besides appearing younger, you will have a smooth and plump complexion.
Think of a juicy grape versus a wrinkly raisin – I bet you’re leaning towards that juicy grape...
Do’s and Dont’s for Dry and Dehydrated Skin
Remember: Dry skin lacks oil, Dehydrated skin lacks water.
- Use Pure and/or Organic Face oils and serums
- Use organic moisturizers with oils that create a barrier to block water from escaping on the skin
I am using oils but my skin is still dry. What to do?
The reason is because you aren't adding moisture to the equation. To solve this problem, apply the oil onto damp skin (from water or floral water toner). This will create a layer of moisture that the oil will block from escaping the skin.
Or use the the Aviva Pure SKIN MAGIC FACE CREAM for an instant hydration booster ...
- Do use hydrating products with water and humectants (glycerine, hyaluronic acid) to attract water and keep it on the skin
- Do stay away from drying cleansers and alcohol-based toners, since they strip the skin of moisture.
- Do Not use products with fragrances - as they dehydrate the skin worse
Can I have oily and dehydrated skin at the same time?
Yes, in fact, your oily skin could be because it’s overproducing oil to compensate for the lack of moisture in your skin. Regardless of the surface, the skin underneath is not hydrated.