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
- Lacks oil
- Uneven skin tone
- Rough dry patches
- Lacks moisture
- Feels tight
- Peeling skin
- Fine lines
- 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!
- 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