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. unlike dry skin, which is hereditary, dehydrated skin is a condition that affects all skin types because it can be caused by many external factors including weather, environment, diet, and caffeine consumption, 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 makes 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 a moisturizer 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 hydrating water-based products are always applied before oil-based moisturizing ones. however, if you have particularly oily skin, you may not prefer 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 do 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

dehydrated skin: looks dull, feels tight, is sensitive, and fine lines will be more prominent

how to keep your skin from becoming dehydrated

avoid hard water, hot showers and baths. hard water contains limestone, which can remove water from the skin. and while we don’t advise not showering every day, stick to water that’s warm rather than hot as they can make the skin more dehydrated

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

hydrating products that will keep your skin looking youthful…