I always thought that I suffer from oily skin. When I was a teen I had a couple of pimples and a greasy t-zone that made me believe that I had this skin composition.
Years went by and I kept on considering my skin oily and therefore I treated it as such. At the age of 24, I realize that my epidermis was changing and it became a bit dry, so I went ahead and got super moisturizing facial care. The results, pimples came back at 25.
After a long period of hesitation, I decided to visit a cosmetologist, and she finally revealed the truth… my skin was dehydrated! Not oily, not dry, but dehydrated. Those endless trips to the coffee machine, those Friday margarita nights, and all that those diet cokes where finally charging a bill. After all, I wasn’t alone, considering that 75 Percent of Americans Are Chronically Dehydrated.
Dehydrated Skin vs Dry Skin
The main difference between these two is the fact that dehydrated skin is a condition while the other is a skin type.
Dehydrated SkinDehydrated skin comes as a result of lack of water in your body. This can happen (to my surprise) to people with all skin complexions, meaning that you can have oily and dehydrated skin at the same time.
Dehydrated skin comes as a result of lack of water in your body. This can happen (to my surprise) to people with all skin complexions, meaning that you can have oily and dehydrated skin at the same time.
Dehydrated skin normally looks dull, with loss of elasticity, and in severe cases with premature wrinkles. A good way to properly tell if your skin is suffering from lack of hydration is practicing the pinch test.
The Pinch Test
- Pinch a small amount of skin on your cheek, abdomen, chest, or the back of your hand and hold for a few seconds.
- If your skin snaps back, you’re likely not dehydrated.
- If it takes a few moments to bounce back, you’re likely dehydrated.
- Repeat in other areas if you’d like.
On the other hand, in dry skin, water is not the root issue. Dry skin is a regular skin type like oily, sensitive, or combined. Normal traits in dry skin include:
- scaly appearance
- white flakes
- redness or irritation
- increased incidences of psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis
How To Treat Dry and Dehydrated Skin
Since dry and dehydrated skin are different skin conditions/types, each one of them requires specific treatments. The following chart will help you determine which ingredient/formula is adequate for each one:
|Ingredient||Best for dry or dehydrated skin?|
|hyaluronic acid||both: be sure to apply an oil or moisturizers to lock it in|
|nut or seed oil, such as coconut, almond, hemp||dry|
|plant oils, such as squalene, jojoba, rosehip, tea tree||dry|
|ceramide||both: ceramides strengthen the skin’s barrier to help prevent moisture loss|
For dehydrated skin, making changes in your diet is a must. Try drinking at least 2 liters of water per day, and include water-rich fruits and veggies in your diet. If you practice any sports or physical activities, your water intake needs to increase up to 3.5 liters depending on transpiration.
For dry skin, moisturizing is key. Try using a good quality facial cream to seal your natural face oils, and try including healthy fats like nuts, avocado, and fatty fish in your diet. Wearing a gel mask over-night can also be a good way to boost your glow.
Do you have dry skin or dehydrated, and how do you treat your skin? Let us know in the comments below.
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