Dry Vs. Dehydrated Skin: What Is The Difference?




Dry Vs. Dehydrated Skin: What Is The Difference?

As the season begins to change, so does our skin and we can start experiencing tight, itchy and dull skin when temperatures begin to drop.
Before you reach for a moisturizer, it is important to know your dry skin may not be dry but just dehydrated.

So, What is the difference between the two?

Dry Skin

Dry skin is a skin type, this means you have it or don’t. Dry skin produces less sebum, meaning it doesn't have enough oils and this makes it difficult to retain moisture and build a strong skin barrier. Dry skin can feel itchy, flaky and uncomfortable.

Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin can be experienced by anyone and is caused by external factors such as not drinking enough water, dry weather, sun exposure, harsh products, etc. Dehydrated skin feels tight and looks dull.

dry vs dehydrated skin how to tell the difference


How To Treat

Dry Skin

There are many ways you can treat dry skin, for example, reducing the amount of acids in your skincare routine, increasing your antioxidants, incorporating more oils, etc. If you don't know where to start shop our dry skincare routine set here

Dehydrated Skin

The main thing is to keep your body hydrated, which means drinking more water. Some other things that might help are:


Removing dead skin will allow your moisturizers to work better. Exfoliate at least once a week. Find exfoliators here

Add a Serum

Adding a hydrating serum will aid in hydrating the skin. Apply them before moisturizer. Shop our favorite serums here

Use a heavier Moisturizer

It might be time to switch up your moisturizer at night for a heavier option in order to hydrate skin. Shop moisturizers here

Lock it with a face oil

Face oils help strengthen the skin barrier, trap moisture and hydrate skin. Because face oils are not as hydrating on their own, apply them after moisturizer as the last step in your skincare in order to help your skin reap the benefits of all the hydrating serums and moisturizer. Face oils are also great at soothing skin, even skin complexion and regulating natural oil (sebum) production. Shop our selection of face oils here


After learning the difference and the signs to recognize what your skin is going through be sure to maintain the proper skin care routine and to always hydrate.

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