Dry or Dehydrated Skin? Identify it, fix it and maintain it.

Is DRY skin the same as DEHYDRATED skin? 

The answer is no, even if both tend to feel the same. Let's dig a bit more and learn how to understand if you have dry or dehydrated skin, identify the best skincare ingredients for your skin, and how to maintain the best routine.

 

STEP 1: UNDERSTAND DRY VS DEHYDRATED SKIN 

 

DRY SKIN is a condition and is characterized by fewer oil-producing glands on the face and body. DEHYDRATED SKIN is a temporary state when your skin does not retain or does not receive enough water; this is linked to many factors - environmental, physiological, or wrong skincare applied (or a combination of the three).

DRY skin is DEHYDRATED skin, but DEHYDRATED skin is not necessarily DRY skin. 

DRY SKIN = not enough OIL 

DEHYDRATED SKIN = not enough WATER 

 

 

STEP 2: DETERMINE IF DRY, DEHYDRATED OR BOTH

 

If you have DRY skin:

- every skincare you apply is absorbed very fast

- your skin feels very tight, uneven, dull

you’re dry everywhere else on your body, including hands, scalp, and legs

- if you don't exfoliate regularly, products don't get fully absorbed

 

If you have DEHYDRATED skin:

- your skin texture changes based on weather and humidity

- you feel dry but your skin responds immediately to water-rich products

- you may experience occasional breakouts when the skin is particularly dehydrated or you use very harsh cleansing products

- your skin may feel itchy and sensitive

 

If you have DRY and DEHYDRATED skin:

- your skin is very itchy and very sensitive

- your skin may get inflamed and flaky

- you may develop mild skin irritation and a breakout

- wrinkles and fine lines are more visible

 

STEP 3: TREAT

 

TO DO LIST FOR DRY SKIN:

Dry skin means that your skin does not produce enough oil -  you need to protect and strengthen the skin barrier and maximise both penetration and retention of water and oils.

 

BEST INGREDIENTS FOR DRY SKIN:

AHA, BHA,  rich cold-pressed oils, natural butters. phytol, isomalt, squalene hyaluronic acid 

 

TO DO LIST FOR DEHYDRATED SKIN:

Dehydrated skin means that your skin lacks enough water - you need to hydrate the skin at a deep level (Epidermis, Dermis) to facilitate the skin cells renew process + control skin PH fluctuation ... and drink more water.

 

BEST INGREDIENTS FOR DRY SKIN:

AHA, PHA, light cold-pressed oils. Vit. C + B3 + B8,  trehalose, glycoin, hyaluronic acid, glycerin

 

 

Native Essentials Dry and Dehydrated Skin Chart

 

STEP 4: MAINTAIN YOUR SKIN NOURISHED AND HYDRATED

 

Whether you have DRY skin or experience DEHYDRATED skin on and off, it is essential to:

- pick a skincare product that addresses your lack of oil (DRY) or water (DEHYDRATED)

- layer your products correctly

- use it in the right amount

- exfoliate on a weekly base

- drink more water

- use protective products if where you live is very cold or very dry

 

Check out our 100% plant-based solutions for DRY and DEHYDRATED Skin.

HAE + SHAANT for VERY DRY SKIN

ÏIS + AZUR  for DEHYDRATED SKIN

ÏIS + HAE for NORMAL to DEHYDRATED SKIN

 

 

Is your skin dry or dehydrated? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks to keeping your skin looking its best. Tell us in the comments below and join the conversation on social media.

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