If your skin feels flaky or overly sensitive, then you might be experiencing dry or dehydrated skin. But which one is it, and what’s the difference between the two? Well, here are the key differences between dry and dehydrated skin, and the best ways to treat them.

Dry Skin
Dry skin is actually a skin type that’s passed down through your DNA. This skin type is generally defined as the skin being unable to make adequate amounts of natural oils to keep the skin moist. Dry skin can also be caused by an imbalance in hormones or an underactive thyroid. Your skin’s inability to produce enough sebum contributes to a dry and dull-looking complexion. While this can’t be changed completely, you can improve the appearance of dry skin through the use of oil-infused products.

Dehydrated Skin
Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, can be treated and reversed through the right methods. It’s a condition caused by external factors such as seasonal weather changes, a lack of fresh produce in your diet and overall lifestyle choices. A combination of these will lower your skin’s water content and result in lacklustre skin. Dehydration is solely related to a lack of water, not natural oils in your skin. Common signs of dehydrated skin include itchy, dull skin that’s increasing sensitive. You may also notice the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.

Dehydrated Skin Fixes

Gentle Cleanser and Lukewarm Water
One of the best ways to rehydrate your skin is to use a gentle cleanser with lukewarm water. Focus on cleansers that don’t contain any harsh additives and artificial scents, as those can strip away moisture and increase sensitivity.

Try Hyaluronic Acid Serums
Hyaluronic acid is highly effective at replenishing dehydrated skin, as it aids in binding and retaining moisture, all while keeping your skin soft and smooth. It also has the ability to hold up to six litres of water and attracts moisture.

Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine
These are the worst culprits for dehydrated skin. Caffeine and alcohol compromise the health of your skin by depleting its water reserves. Alcohol also stops the production of vasopressin, a hormone that’s essential in the rehydration process. If you absolutely need these two beverages in your life, then stick to drinking one to two cups of coffee a day and/or one glass of alcohol.

Skip Using Harsh Exfoliants
Exfoliating your skin is a great way to brighten up a dull, dehydrated complexion. The trick, however, is not to use an exfoliant that’s overly gritty, as it will only irritate your skin. Use a gentle one, about once a month as it takes 25 days for your skin to go through the cell turnover process that results in dead skin cells needing to be removed.

At Kaloya Skin Care, we specialize in treating a variety of skincare concerns, from acne to ageing skin. Located in Surrey, British Columbia, our services include, acne treatments, microdermabrasion, facials and chemical peels, deep tissue massages and more. Be sure to give us a call to book your next appointment and discover how you can get a free consultation.