Differences between dehydrated and dry skin

Differences between dehydrated and dry skin

Dehydrated skin is defined as skin that doesn’t have a sufficient water level and hydration. Often we can confuse dehydrated skin with a dry skin due to the fact that they both share similar symptoms. However the difference between them is related to origin of the problem.

How to know if I have dehydrated skin?

One of the most characteristic symptoms of water loss is skin peeling.  However other symptoms that indicate that our skin has insufficient water content include a tired looking face; dark circles around the eyes and dull skin. This can also increases tightness and dryness, especially when once we had a shower or bath.

 It’s important to emphasise that having dehydrated skin doesn’t go hand in hand with having dry skin, despite sharing similar symptoms such as:

  • Skin with little or no shine.
  • Lacking elasticity
  • Sensation of tightness minutes after washing the face.
  • Peeling or even cracking.

For a skin to be healthy and have elasticity, it must have the correct levels of water (approximately 15% of the body's total water)

There are several factors why our skin loses the correct level of water we need for our skin to stay hydrated:

  • Bad habits such as inadequate nutrition, especially consumption of alcohol or tobacco, which cause our skin to deteriorate. Therefore, it is important to eat fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water to restore that amount that our body needs.
  • Both summer and winter, changes in temperature and habits such as excessive sunbathing, can reduce the moisture levels in our skin.
  • Stress or fatigue can also affect the state of our skin. A good rest will helps restore our bodies defense and become healthier.
  • Some pharmaceutical drugs or contraindicated treatments can cause our skin to suffer. For instance, treatments intended to combat acne will fight to keep control of excess sebum, therefore, in this very action can cause  the skin to become dehydrated. The same happens with skin peels or aggressive exfoliants.

How to distinguish between dry and dehydrated skin?

As we have explained, dehydrated skin can occur in all types of skin, regardless of whether you have oily or dry skin. Although it is usually easier to confuse dehydrated for dry skin since they have very similar symptoms. However here are some of the differences:

Dehydrated skin

  • Temporary status

  • Water levels are insufficient, regardless of the amount of oils the skin has.

Dry skin

  • A skin type that doesn’t produce enough lipids (which can lead to not having the correct water levels).

So that we have hydrated skin again, it is very important to have a healthy lifestyle, and to use care products that include a balance of oils and moisturizing ingredients (that retain water) for the specific type of skin you have. For example, our line of base creams for dry skin include greater number of essential oils, and that of oily skin contains a higher percentage of active ingredients that retain moisture without adding more oil to the skin.

Treatments for dehydrated skin

Once we have a moisturizing cream, such as the Lesielle base, which ensures the correct supply of essential oils and moisture retaining ingredients, it is time to choose the correct treatment we need. This choice is based on our personalised intention (anti-aging, anti-blemish ...) we simple add the active ingredients to the base cream of our choice and “vouloir”. Let’s help you out with  some options:

  • Active Hyaluronic acid deeply moisturizes our skin without adding oil, so if you like using light moisturising creams, this could be good choice for your daily skin care routine. By helping us to maintain correct hydration, it will also help reduce the appearance of expression lines. Hyaluronic acid also has a calming effect, so it is very compatible with sensitive skin.
  • Active Argan oil is especially effective in the treatment of dry skin.

Adjusting the level of hydration in your skin is just one of the advantages of adaptive cosmetics!

The rest of the treatment will depend on your specific requirements(anti-wrinkle, anti-acne ...). Simply add them to your Lesielle device to make a skin care treatment according to your needs.

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Posted on 11/02/2018 by Care by skin type, Dry Skin