Has your skin ever felt dry, flaky, or sensitive to touch? If so, your skin is likely either dry or dehydrated. At first glance, dry skin and dehydrated skin might seem like they can be used interchangeably, but in fact, they are very different. Dry skin is a skin type based on factors like genetics and hormones. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a condition caused by a lack of water in the skin, and any skin type (oily, dry, combination) can be dehydrated. So, how do you tell the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?
Since dry skin is a skin type, it's likely something you have experienced for the majority of your life. Dry skin tends to be dull and flaky and can appear ashy if you have a darker skin tone. People have dry skin because their skin naturally produces fewer oils and lipids, which are our skin's natural lubricants.
How to treat dry skin
If you have dry skin, you want to focus on incorporating a hydrating serum, thick moisturizer, and face oil into your daily skincare routine. Serums and moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid and ceramides will bring moisture to the skin, and a quality face oil will create a barrier to lock in the moisture.
Unlike dry skin, dehydrated skin is a condition any skin type can experience when it lacks moisture. Characteristics of dehydrated skin include a dull or rough appearance, a tight feeling, sensitivity, and an increase in the appearance of wrinkles.
How to treat dehydrated skin
Multiple factors contribute to dehydrated skin, including aging, weather, sun exposure, heater use, and other skincare products. Similar to treating dry skin, your main goal with dehydrated skin should be to add moisture and lock it in. Maintain a daily skincare routine that incorporates a hydrating serum formulated with hyaluronic acid and a hydrating moisturizer. It's also a good idea to swap out your cleanser for a gentle, pH-balanced formula like the CLEANSE with Benefits AM/PM Cleanser, which removes dirt and oil without stripping your skin dry.
You can also help dehydrated skin by remembering to apply sunscreen every morning or adding a humidifier to your house. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and incorporate water-rich foods into your diet. Fruits and vegetables naturally contain a lot of water. We recommend throwing together a smoothie or salad (with a sprinkle of the SUPPLEMEANT to Be Daily Pre + Probiotic Mix) to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Support the hydration you get from these whole foods by lowering the amount of caffeine and alcohol you intake throughout the day.