Dehydrated vs. Dry Skin

Did you guys know that there is a difference between dehydrated and dry skin, and you might be surprised to learn that your “dry” skin might actually be dehydrated. While dry skin lacks oil, dehydrated skin lacks moisture.

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Dry Skin

Dry skin tends to be permanent and is widely considered a skin type. If you have dry skin most likely you will have dry skin everywhere on your body not just your face. People with dry skin usually are more predisposed to getting wrinkles. You can’t get rid of dry skin per-say but you can improve your skin by using the correct products. Starting with your cleanser, someone with dry skin should not use a foaming cleanser because these tend to strip your skin of natural oils; the oils that dry skin already lacks. So, instead use a milky oil based cleanser to clean and moisturize your face. Use a toner that is not drying and make sure you moisturize with a nourishing lotion and supplement further with oils that are beneficial for your skin. A diet rich in healthy fats is also great  for those with dry skin.

Dehydrated Skin

We are always told it is important to hydrate, and when you are well hydrated your skin is well hydrated. When your skin is hydrated it looks supple, your skin is less prone to getting fine lines, and wrinkles, and your cells function at an optimal level. Dehydrated skin, unlike dry skin, is a condition that can be fixed and something most people will probably experience once in their lifetime. But not drinking water sometimes is not enough.

Skin dehydration can be caused by anything that damages your skin barrier, such as over exfoliating, stress, lack of sleep, not drinking enough water, a change in season or temperature, damage caused by skincare products, etc. Anything that damages your skin barrier can lead to dehydrated skin.

The good news? you can fix dehydrated skin.  

First make sure you are drinking enough water. If you are, we can move on to the other steps.  If you are not grab a water bottle and continue reading. 

Next, Cut down on harsh exfoliating products, these maybe irritating and causing stress to your skin especially if you’re over exfoliating. Which will damage your skin barrier. 

Use a moisturizing product with humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin to attract moisture to your skin. A product with ceramide, fatty acids, and one that is occlusive to promote a healthy skin barrier.

Which skin is yours?

With dry and dehydrated skin its hard to tell the difference as seen in my little chart up above but a rule of thumb is, if you have dry skin all year round you most likely have dry skin. If you suddenly wake up and have dry flaky skin, you most likely have dehydrated skin.
You can even try the pinch test.

Pinch Test 

A drip here,a drop there, conserve water with care.

Exfoliating

Exfoliating

Exfoliating is a very important step to have in your skincare routine. And just like me, many people with sensitive skin are usually too scared to exfoliate their skin. Scratch that, many people are too scared to exfoliate their skin, no matter what skin type they have and when you bring acids into the equation it becomes a no-go for many people. However, everyone should exfoliate if they want to reach their skin goals.

Physical Exfoliants

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Before we get to the Acid Exfoliants, I would like to mention using a scrub. You can also use a more manual approach by using a scrub. A scrub usually has small particles which you massage into your skin to lift dead skin cells off the surface. My personal favorite scrub is Avalon Organics Brilliant Balance which has finely ground walnut shells and works beautifully for me. At first, I was very hesitant about buying the scrub but its hypo-allergenic and does not irritate my sensitive skin. However, I feel like it does not exfoliate as much as I would want it to. But it is a great option to try if you do not want anything too rough or as a first exfoliant product to introduce into your skincare routine.

AHA vs BHA

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AHA

AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which isn’t too important for us to know. What we really want to know is what AHAs can do for our skin.

AHA’s are water soluble so they are better for treating damaged skin and dry skin. They are milder and they do not penetrate as deep as BHAs so they do their magic more on the surface of your skin. AHAs are used in order to decrease signs of aging, even out skin tone, and they help with dry skin by increasing the moisture content of your skin.

Types of AHAs

  • Glycolic Acid
  • Lactic Acid
  • Mandelic Acid

BHA

BHA stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid and is usually used for the treatment of acne prone skin and oily skin. BHA can penetrate through the oil that clogs your pores and helps normalize your skin in order to control acne. BHA is great for treating blackheads and whiteheads. BHAs are an oil-loving acid which is why it is better for the treatment of acne and clearing out pores.

The one BHA

  • Salicylic acid

Bonus Question

Hey guys, I would really like to know what your favorite BHA and AHA products are or if you have a favorite scrub you like to use in your skincare routine.

Thank you for reading!