Dry and Dehydrated Skin

Penny Pratley - Monday, November 03, 2014

As we approach the winter months, you will most definitely notice a change in your skin. Central heating, air con, car heating and the mixed weather we are experiencing all contribute to unhappy skin.

Dry skin can be mistaken for dehydrated skin. It's an easy mistake to make if you don't know what you are looking for! Knowing the difference can have a huge impact on your skin.

Your skin may feel tight and you may think that it is dry and use a richer moisturiser to combat the dryness, but, it could just need moisture! Dehydrated skins don't always need oil, it could need an application of hydrating products and help from some water intake.

You will notice when your skin becomes dehydrated, it becomes not only tight but it also loses the plumpness because of a lack of moisture in the skin cells. You will also notice fine lines will appear and your skin becomes grey and dull in appearance.

Dry skin lacks oil, can become flaky and rough to the touch and can be quite sore. Again it can be grey in colour. Dry skin also tends to absorb make-up straight away into the skin and it can look very dry and your foundation can look patchy and uneven.

Differences between Dry and Dehydrated Skin

  • Dry skin is lacking in oil
  • Dehydrated skin can be lacking in moisture
  • Dry skin is a skin type like oily, normal or combination
  • Dehydrated skin can be oily at the same time
Characteristics to look for in dry skin

  • Lacks oil
  • Flakiness
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rough dry patches
  • Ageing
Characteristics to look for in dehydrated skin

  • Lacks moisture
  • Feels tight
  • Peeling skin
  • Fine lines
Dehydrated skin can be caused by our lifestyle such as smoking, drinking alcohol, central heating or air conditioning.

My advice for dry skin

  • Cleanse twice daily using a creamy cleanser
  • Avoid alcohol based products as these will leave your skin feeling sore and tight
  • Exfoliate twice a week to remove any dry, dead skin cells. This helps any serums and moisturisers you use absorb
  • Use a good moisturiser and don't forget to use a moisturiser containing a sunscreen, yes even in the winter!
My advice for dehydrated skin

  • Exfoloate according to your skin type
  • Use a hydrating mist spray during the day, they really do help especially in centrally heated and air conditioned offices
  • I would recommend one of my hydration face masks
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Lastly, always use a moisturiser, twice a day to keep your skin protected and hydrated
If you have any issues with your skin or its appearance, why not take a look at my website and browse through the facial treatments available. If you are unsure what skin type you have and which treatment is perfect for you, please do give me a call on 01295 669104 to arrange a free consultation.

I hope this blog has been of interest to you and has answered any questions you may have about dry and dehydrated skin. 

So till next time ...

Penny x

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