dehydrated skin and dry skin are not the same- a misconception we find clients confused by all too often. although they share similar symptoms, dehydrated skin lacks water, while dry skin lacks oil. basically, dryness refers to a skin type, which is hereditary, and dehydration refers to a skin condition that can be remedied *every skin type is at risk when it comes to dehydration because it can be caused by many external factors including weather, environment, harsh products, etc. all of which can result in diminished water content in the skin*

your skin gets thirsty just like your body does, so while it may produce plenty of oil, it could very well be dehydrated- AKA lacking water. when it comes to maintaining a flawless complexion, water and oil go hand-in-hand. water is what keeps your skin soft & plump, but it won’t stay that way if there’s no oil/moisturizer to seal it in, so you need both to stay balanced. if you moisturize dehydrated skin without giving it the hydration it needs, it will still look dull and feel comfortably tight. conversely, if you hydrate dry skin without layering an oil-based product on top, it will still flake and have a rough texture

since the purpose of hydrating is to bind water to the skin and moisturizing is to prevent water from leaving the skin, it’s important that water-based products are always applied before oil-based ones. however, if you have particularly oily skin, you may prefer not to moisturize as often as you already produce enough oil (and in some cases, more than enough) to keep water from leaving the skin. for you, applying just a hydrating product might be all you need. however, if you find that your skin could use a little extra, opt for something light like

how do you tell which one you have? here’s a quick rundown of the characteristics

dry skin: feels rough, appears dry and can be flaky. it’s an ongoing problem because your skin naturally produces less oil/sebum than normal skin, meaning your lipid barrier (the outermost part of your skin) cannot function properly, allowing water to escape more readily

dehydrated skin: looks dull, feels tight, is sensitive, and fine lines will be more prominent. it’s not chronic, because it’s a condition rather than a skin type

how to keep your skin from becoming dehydrated

  • avoid hot showers & baths: while we don’t advise not showering every day, stick to water that’s warm rather than hot as it can dry out the skin
  • take weather changes into account: cold weather is not your friend. as temps drop, so do humidity levels, resulting in dry air. dry air steals moisture from your skin every second of the day leading to chapping, cracking, flaking, itching, and dare we say it…aging. see post on how to prepare your skin for the winter months here
  • don’t overdo it: stripping your skin with harsh products and over exfoliating will also damage your lipid barrier, leading to water loss

hydrating products that will keep your skin looking plump & youthful…

when it comes to selecting a hydrating product, the number one ingredient to look for is hyaluronic acid. it’s a powerful moisture-binding acid that can hold 1,000x its weight in water to restore and replenish the skin. it’s found naturally in the human body, but starts to deplete as we age causing our skin to thin and look dull, so it’s critical you implement this ingredient into your routine