Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin

Is it possible to have dry and oily skin at the same time? The simple answer is: yes. Many people mistakenly assume their skin is dry when it's actually dehydrated. That's why it can be confusing when a dry skin type starts to experience an excess of oil. There are a variety of factors that contribute to dehydrated skin, including dry weather. Hello winter! 

It’s important to note the difference between a skin type and a skin condition. Your skin type is the skin you were born with. A skin condition is usually a temporary concern and can be the result of influences such as weather, UV exposure, diet, skincare, etc. Dehydration, for example, is a skin condition.

As I'm sure you know, there are different skin types. Most would agree on 'dry, normal, oily, and combination.' 

Dry skin is a skin type that is caused by a lack of oil production. Your skin naturally secretes oil to keep skin protected from outside pollutants and bacteria, and keep moisture locked in. 

Dehydration is a skin condition. Dehydrated skin lacks water. Our skin is roughly 60% water. The top layer includes fatty acids to help keep it protected. When this top layer is compromised it loses its ability to maintain hydration resulting in dry, flaky, tight, or itchy skin. Dehydrated skin.

Dry skin lacks oil vs. Dehydrated skin lacks water

When your skin senses that it’s losing hydration, it goes into overdrive to produce more oil in an attempt to protect itself. So how do I balance my skin? Of course, drinking water is a must! Drinking water helps maintain the balance of bodily fluids. But not a lot is left for the surface of your skin. 

When correcting dehydrated skin, your goal is to retain moisture. You want to deliver hydration to the skin and seal it in. Consider adding a hydrating serum to your skincare routine.

If I've said it once... ;) Hyaluronic Acid is a beautiful ingredient that acts as a moisture magnet. Follow this up with a barrier repair and protecting moisturizer to seal it in. 

If you have oily skin, yes, you need moisture, too. Remember, while your skin might have enough oil, it may be lacking in water, so

it’s good to replenish skin’s hydration. An oil-free moisturizer will help lock in moisture and keep the skin balanced.  

Tip: Never let the hydrating serum dry completely before applying a moisturizer. A water based serum will evaporate to the dry air, leaving your skin craving moisture. 

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