The health of our skin is essential for a glowing appearance and general well-being. Two conditions that are very different and can affect the skin are dryness and dehydration. Although they may seem similar, it is important to understand the differences between these two skin problems in order to be able to treat them effectively. In this article, we'll explain the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin and look at their causes, symptoms, and the best approaches to taking care of it.

Dry skin is a condition in which the skin produces less natural oil (sebum) than it needs to keep it hydrated. It can be caused by internal factors such as health problems or genetic predispositions, as well as external factors such as extreme weather conditions or excessive use of drying products. Common symptoms of dry skin include a tight feeling, itching, redness and scaling (little dry skin on the surface).

To take care of dry skin, it's important to adopt an oil-based moisturizing skincare routine. This includes using gentle cleansers, regularly applying moisturizers rich in humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin, and avoiding overly hot showers and harsh products that can further dry out the skin.

Unlike dry skin, dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water rather than oil. It can affect all skin types, including oily skin. Dehydration of the skin can be caused by factors such as insufficient water intake, excessive exposure to the sun, smoking, stress and the application of products that are not suitable for your skin. Signs of dehydrated skin include rough skin feeling, fine lines, increased sensitivity and a dull appearance.

Treating dehydrated skin first involves hydrating yourself from within by drinking enough water throughout the day. Next, it's important to adopt a hydration-focused skincare routine. This includes using light moisturizers with moisturizing agents such as hyaluronic acid, shea butter and applying moisturizing masks regularly. (Read the blog capsule on the ideal routine for dehydrated skin)

In conclusion, dry skin and dehydrated skin are two distinct skin problems that require different approaches in terms of care. While dry skin is caused by a lack of oil, dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water!

June 08, 2023 — Mélanie Pelchat