What does having Dry or Dehydrated skin mean?

Dry or Dehydrated Skin Type

What is Dehydrated Skin?

Dehydration is a frustration that is shared by many. It is one of the most common skin types mainly due to all the contributing factors which cause it. So how can we identify this skin type and overcome it to get absolute skin goals?

How do I know if my skin is Dehydrated?

  • Dull skin
  • Open pores (the pores open to try and draw extra moisture in!)
  • Fine lines
  • Make up not lasting! If your foundation is disappearing throughout the day this could be your thirsty skin absorbing it.

What causes Dehydrated skin?

When it comes to dehydration in our skin we often first look at how much water we drink. Although this is a good place to start there are so many other factors to consider.

Lifestyle can have a big part to play; factors such as too much caffeine and alcohol, air conditioning or heating, pollution, bad skincare habits, smoking and not sleeping well can all contribute to the skin being dehydrated.

Remember there is only so much you can put externally to overcome what’s happening internally!

What’s the difference between Dehydrated and Dry skin?

This can often be confusing- is the skin dehydrated or dry? So what is the difference?

Dehydrated skin = lack of water

Dry skin = lack of oil + water

Dry skin tends to have all the visible signs of dehydration plus can feel tight, uncomfortable and rough to the touch, sensitive with red patches and also flaky. This is due to the skin lacking the natural oils which help to protect and lock in.

Overcoming the dehydration blues with our Therapist’s Top Tips

Let’s be honest, we aren’t going to give up the heaters in our cars or our morning coffee. It is important to make adjustments to our lifestyle to help our skin so luckily we do have some top tips to help keep the skin looking and feeling great.

  • You are what you eat
    Try eating foods rich in essential fatty acids and oils such as Avocado and Sweet Almonds.
  • Exfoliate Dehydrated / Dry skin
    Exfoliate the skin once a week. Instantly the skin will be brighter and glowing from within as all the dead skin cells are sloughed away. By exfoliating you are increasing the micro circulation therefore bring essential nutrients up to the surface layers and infusing it with oxygen. This helps to increase the efficacy of all products which follow as they are going on to new, fresh skin cells.
  • Hyaluronic Acid is your new Hero
    Look for products that contain or increase your own production of Hyaluronic Acid. This is something found naturally in our skin but unfortunately depletes with age. It is able to hold and lock in moisture so the skin looks visibly smoother and more plumped from within.
  • Protect your skin
    Pollution protection is a daily must, acting as an urban shield from the aggressions our skin faces. Pollution causes disruption and attacks the skin this causing it to feel dry and dehydrated but also making it appear dull and devitalised.
  • Night time is just as important as day time
    So many of us apply a moisturiser in the morning to protect the skin but completely forget about our skin at night time. Our skin in fact works its hardest at night time to renew and repair, so it is essential that we feed our skin with a night product to amplify the results we see in the morning. Be prepared to say good bye to sleep lines and dull skin in the morning if you add this into your routine!

Now you know the difference between Dehydrated and Dry skin you’ll be able to treat your skin properly. There are unlimited options out there on hydrating products to use, but remember the key ingredient you’re looking for is Hyaluronic Acid for its plumping effects.