Does any of this sound familiar?
- "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’ve ever answered yes to any of these, you’re not alone.
The reality is most of us at one point - But ESPECIALLY during the winter months - experience dehydrated skin.
But, dry skin is different from dehydrated skin.
Dry and dehydrated skins have similar characteristics, but different underlying causes.
I will show you how to identify whether you have dry or dehydrated skin, as well as the Do's and Do Not’s for each.
DRY Skin - a skin type that you are born with
- 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 anyone can experience
- caused by lack of water in the skin
- dehydrated from within
- 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:
Quick Test To Determine Your Skin's Dehydration Level
Part 1: 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.
Part 2: 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.
- Do use oils and serums
- Do use moisturizers with oils that create a barrier to block water from escaping on the skin
Note: I keep using oils but my skin is still dry? 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.
- 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
Note: 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.