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Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin: Spot the Difference

Some days our skin looks tired, feels dry and shows those annoying wrinkles around the eyes more than ever. When you spot these signs, you might think: “God, I have dry skin”. Actually, dehydration is more likely to be the issue.

Dry skin is a skin type, like oily or combination skin. Dehydrated skin, however, is a condition that anyone, regardless of their skin type, can experience. The main difference is that dry skin lacks oil (it underproduces sebum), while dehydrated skin lacks water (in other words, it loses too much water).

Is my skin dry or dehydrated?

The symptoms of dry and dehydrated skin can be similar, but if you pay attention to the signs you will be able to identify your issue. For starters, the main symptom of dry skin is itching; if you have dehydrated skin, you’ll notice it looks dull and, yes, dry (it’s confusing, we know).

Signs of dehydrated skin

  1. Lacks elasticity and softness
  2. Dullness
  3. Feels dry and overly tight
  4. Shows dehydration wrinkles, specially around de eyes
  5. Stretch marks may appear

Signs of dry skin

  1. Itchiness
  2. Irritation and flaking
  3. Eczema
  4. Usually affects the scalp and the rest of the body

If you’re not sure in what category you belong, we suggest you consult with a dermatologist so they can recommend the best routine for your skin type or specific condition. 

How should I adapt my skincare ritual?

As mentioned, dry and dehydrated skin have different causes: lack of oil or lack of water. That means that the best products for dry skin are emollients and/or occlusives. And to treat dehydrated skin we recommend hydrating skincare products that restore and strengthen your skin barrier.

Here are a few actions you can take to treat both dry and dehydrated skin:

✔ Drink enough water. This is our golden rule and we can’t say it enough.

✔ Include moisturizers in your beauty ritual and use them twice a day, morning and night. We love our Amazon Glow face oil and Secret Calyx moisturizer; they both hydrate and nurture your skin thanks to their natural ingredients and they’re rich in anti-aging actives. For silky smooth skin all over we recommend our Body Temple body oil.

✔ Don’t skip your workout. Exercise helps keep skin hydrated because it promotes vasodilation and helps activate subcutaneous irrigation.

Sunscreen is a must. Remember, sun exposure accelerates skin aging.

✔ Follow a balanced diet with enough veggies and fruits rich in vitamins A,B,C and D (like spinach, carrots, bell peppers and strawberries).

Sleep at least 7 hours per night. When we miss sleep our skin feels it ⁠— and shows it.

⁠✔ Remember that tobacco and alcohol are the enemies of healthy skin.

Once you restore your skin’s hydration with these tips you’ll notice the wrinkles around your eyes will be less noticeable and your skin will appear rested and feel softer and in balance. Plus, when your skin is properly hydrated it is also better equipped to withstand and recover from the impact of external factors, like sun exposure and pollution.

Combat dehydrated skin with our naturally effective formulas, designed to bring balance to all skin types:

Amazon Glow

Secret Calyx

Body Temple

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