Its a statement we wear from patients all the time, “My skin is so dry, but I drink so much water”. While this statement may make sense, it’s actually wrong. Dryness refers to a skin type, while dehydration refers to a skin condition. We explain more about dry vs dehydrated skin below!
If you have a dry skin type, it means you’re lacking oil. You were born this way, and you’re dry everywhere else on your body, including hands, scalp, and legs. When you put on moisturizers and lotions, chances are they soak up fairly quickly.
If you have a dehydrated skin condition, your skin is lacking water. This can be caused by a number of factors including makeup, diet, incorrect product use, or even weather. The tricky part: when the skin is dehydrated, it creates more oil to make up for the missing water. This can cause breakouts, irritation, and dry patches. In fact, skin can even feel oily and dry at the same time.
To help figure out if your dry or dehydrated Dermalogica created this really helpful infographic for you below. If you relate to one side more than the other, then you know what is the right cause of action to help your skin. However if you’re still a little confused on which one you are, we’re here to help! Consultations are always complimentary!