Here’s how to tell the difference…
When it comes to skincare terminology, the words “dry” and “dehydrated” seem to be interchangeable. Moreover, having “dry” skin is one of the most common issues raised when our customers visit an ELEMIS therapist for a facial – especially during the cold months of winter.
In fact, dryness and dehydration are not one and the same thing; each has its own causes, effects and solutions. So, here’s 10 facts to help you tell the difference and solve your skin conundrums – starting today…
1. While dry skin describes a skin type, the word “dehydrated” refers to having a specific skin condition – and one that anyone can experience at any time.
2. Dry skin lacks oil, whereas dehydrated skin lacks water – particularly within its top layer. This means that even oily or combination skin can be dehydrated.
3. You know if you have dry skin if it feels rough and flaky.
4. On the other hand, dehydrated skin will appear dull, feel tight and may display more visible fine lines.
5. Dehydrated skin is typically caused by exposure to hot and hard water, (which is common in urban areas) when you bathe or shower, as well as the natural ageing process and factors such as central-heated rooms.
6. As the cause behind having dry and dehydrated skin is different, it makes perfect sense that the solution should be too. Those with dehydrated skin should avoid using overly harsh scrubs with coarse, abrasive particles which will merely exacerbate the problem – and instead opt for a serum containing hyaluronic acid and moisturizers to supercharge hydration.
7. Dry skins on the other hand, will benefit from nourishing skin oils to maximize the lipid content and shrug off that rough, flaky feel.
8. So does drinking more water combat dehydrated skin? Despite years’ worth of claims that chugging down multiple cups a day will lead to a glowing, radiant complexion, the jury is still out. Drinking too little will undoubtedly have a negative effect on all your body’s cells – including those of your skin. However, experts are questioning whether drinking more water will really benefit the skin directly. So, drink enough but not too much!
9. That said, you can still help nourish your skin from the inside out. Try a supplement that’s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, (we love Krill Oil) to help nurture dry skin. You can also help ensure you get enough water for dehydrated skin by eating more water-rich foods such as cucumber, lettuce, avocado, broccoli and watermelon.
10. Which seems like the perfect moment to tell you about our new Hydra-Boost Serum – what we like to call, our “skin drink”. It both creates tiny reservoirs of hydration within the skin – and prevents moisture loss. Containing high levels of hyaluronic acid and omega fatty acids, it glides onto skin like a lightweight veil that’s been delicately scented with sweet orange, bergamot and mandarin. Which means it feels indulgent and is beneficial for both dry and dehydrated skins. We couldn’t get through winter without it!