Author, Gary Jones, TruAura Beauty
Dry Skin vs Dehydrated Skin
Until now, you may have been using the term 'dehydrated' and 'dry' interchangeably when talking about your tight, dry, flaky skin. However, these two terms are actually very different when it comes to describing your skin.
Dry Skin is mainly lacking in skin lipids, which are the fatty acids that we generally refer to as our skin oils. If your skin is dry, it can feel sensitive, tight and flaky all at the same time. Dry skin can be a genetic condition, a result of aging, or related to overuse of skincare products that strip the skin of its natural oils.
Dehydrated Skin is mainly lacking water. If your skin is dehydrated, it can feel sensitive, tight and flaky and oily, all at the same time. Dehydrated skin is often a byproduct of dry skin, as the lack of skin lipids will increase transepidermal water loss (this is the water that is in the lower levels of your skin).
The two conditions, while different, are closely related. So, what can you do to help with your dry and/or dehydrated skin?