Dry Skin or Dehydrated Skin?

December 4, 2015

Winter is harsh on skin, so when your skin feels dry, you may just think that the weather has caused it to be so. But it’s very likely that your skin is more than dry, it’s possible that your skin is dehydrated and in need of serious moisture.

When you think of hydration, water is probably the first thing that comes to mind. When you hydrate something that means you increase its water content. In skin care, hydration means increasing the amount of water in your skin cells, which typically results in a more healthy, smooth and youthful complexion.

Signs of dehydration

When your skin is dehydrated, it overproduces oil to make up for the water that is missing. This imbalance can cause you to experience breakouts, irritation, dry patches, and skin can even feel oily and dry at the same time. Dehydrated skin is a skin condition, which is good news because that means it is temporary and more easily treatable than dry skin. Dehydration is most often caused by external elements, such as cold, dry weather or harsh soaps. Simple diet and lifestyle changes can help to curb your skin’s dehydrated condition. Eating water-rich foods like watermelon and cucumber helps increase your fluids, sleeping with a humidifier in your room and taking short, lukewarm showers to prevent the heat from sucking out more moisture are also best practices when battling dehydration.

Signs of dryness

According to celebrity esthetician, Renee Rouleau, dry skin is classified as alipidic, which means it doesn’t produce sebum, or oil. Because skin relies on oil to hold moisture in, without it, skin can appear rough and flaky — and wrinkles are more pronounced. Dry skin can also lead to a damaged barrier function, increasing long term sensitivity and inflammation, and causing a chain or biochemical reactions like collagen breakdown (not good!). Dry skin is a skin type which means it’s most likely a result of genetics, hormones, or some other underlying problem that a medical professional can help you solve. Dry skin is not as easy to treat, which is why we suggest you visit a Truffles Esthetician to find the treatments and products that help those who suffer from dryness.

What does it all mean?

At the end of the day, remember: dehydrated skin lacks water and dry skin lacks oil. So your skin could be dehydrated, dry, or sometimes both. This is why it’s important to have an experienced Esthetician help you choose which products are best for your skin and to instruct you on when to use them. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so don’t skimp on education or quality investment when it comes to this essential part of your body.

What should I do?

So what’s a guy or girl to do? Hydrate! For many, it’s possible that pimples and excessive oiliness are caused, or at least aggravated by, a basic lack of water. If that sounds like you, drink as much of the life-giving substance as you can and keep your hydrating products close to your side. Make it your goal to not go a day without water and moisturizer–your skin will thank you.

If you read to the end of this article, you’re in the south Atlanta area, and find that you’re not sure whether you suffer from dryness or dehydration, let us help! Mention this blog post to the Esthetician at your next appointment and receive $20 off of one Hydrating Facial this winter. Our expert Estheticians have products and treatments in mind to treat both dryness and dehydration. Make an appointment and let them customize a plan to get your skin looking fresh, glowing and dewy–just in time for the holidays.