Itchiness. Tightness. Dullness. Does that describe how your face looks and feels right now? Chances are, you have dehydrated skin rather than dry skin. What’s the difference and what can you do to do help your skin recover? We’re here to help you spot the signs and create a simple regime to restore your skin’s moisture and radiance from the inside out.
How to know if your skin is dehydrated
At this time of year, a common question we get from women is, ‘Do I have dry or dehydrated skin?’ It’s an important difference. Here’s how we explain dry vs dehydrated and what it means for you.
While these two skin conditions are often confused, in part because they have similar symptoms and signs, there is a significant difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin.
What does dehydrated skin look like?
If your skin is dehydrated, you’re probably experiencing:
Itchy skin. A lack of water or moisture often causes the skin to tighten and crack, creating an itchy sensation.
Increased sensitivity. When your skin’s moisture barrier has been disrupted, it can’t effectively shield itself against external stressors such as bacteria and weather. This can more uncomfortable over time: The longer it’s dehydrated, the more sensitive your skin can become.
Dull or lacklustre appearance. In this defensive, dehydrated state, the turnover of skin cells is much lower. The older skin cells building up on the surface can make your skin look dull (and you are anything but dull so let’s fix that! we’re getting to what you can do about this temporary outward sign).
- Dehydration lines. One of the surefire signs your skin is dehydrated rather than chronically dry is an abundance of fine lines, and not just around the eyes, but all over the face. Here’s our pinch test: Pinch your cheek and look closely—if your skin is dehydrated, a network of fine, triangular lines will appear. The good news? You’re just a few days away from skin that’s hydrated and has a healthy glow.
How do you treat dehydrated skin?
Here are our skincare regime tips for dehydrated skin:
Learn more about how to refresh and rethink your skincare routine for the new year in our article How to start a skincare routine: Start with the basics.
Here are some of the most impactful (and simple) lifestyle tips to help treat dehydrated skin:
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