Most of us refer to tight, flakey skin as dry skin. But, is it really dry or is your skin dehydrated? Understanding the difference will help you find the right products for your skin. So, today, we’ll help you learn how to properly diagnose and treat skin dehydration or dryness.
What is dry skin?
Dry skin is a skin type and is permanent. It doesn’t produce the oil needed to hold skin’s moisture in. Without oil, all the moisture evaporates. Some of the symptoms include:
- Dry patches and redness
- Feels tight
- Easily irritated
- Tingling sensation after cleansing
- Has signs of ageing
- Looks dull and flaky
- Makeup stays longer
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What is dehydrated skin?
Dehydrated skin still produces oil but lacks water. This is why you can suffer from acne with dehydrated skin. It can affect anyone, even those with dry or oily skin. It is a temporary skin condition and therefore reversible. External factors such as harsh products, alcohol, chlorine, drinking little water, weather changes, long soaks in a too-hot bathtub can cause dehydration. Some of the symptoms include:
- Expression lines
- Oily and dry at the same time
- Blackheads and large pores
- Feels tight after cleansing
- Makeup doesn’t last (your skin absorbs the water from your foundation)
If you have dry or dehydrated skin, the following regime can help you.
1. Try to use a milk cleanser. Avoid foam cleansers, sebum-stripping soap. In fact, avoid cleansing all together. If your skin is very clean, the products applied afterwards will have a deeper hydrating effect.
2. Tone your skin using a gentle, soothing product.
3. Only use a serum containing the word ‘hydra’ or ‘hydrating’.
4. Never skip the moisturiser. It won’t aggravate or burn your skin. If you’re a breakout sufferer, don’t try to dry skin out by not moisturising. In fact, going bare adds to the dehydrated feeling.
5. Use nourishing gel or oil cleansers in winter to protect your skin and prevent tingling sensation and dryness.