• Mollie Silberfarb

Dry or Dehydrated skin... what's the difference?

Is dry and dehydrated skin the same? When it comes to skincare, they are completely different concerns with different underlying concerns. How do you care for them?

The difference between the two is Dry Skin is a type and Dehydrated Skin is a condition anyone can experience. Dry skin has a lack of oil, or lipids. While Dehydrated skin, there's a lack of water in the stratum corneum which is the top layer of the skin.

Characteristic of Dry Skin

- Appears dry

- Feels rough

- Can be flaky

Characteristic of Dehydrated Skin

- Feels tight

- Feels rough

- Looks dull

- Sensitive

- Shows fine lines

- Shows accelerated signs of aging, like sagging skin and deep wrinkles

Causes of Dehydarted Skin


The sun can make the skin dyer, UVA is the main factor that can affect our skin, increase the aging process, increase the oxidant in the skin, dehydrate it and increase free radicals in the cells and damaging the skin. Applying SPF is a must!

Hot Showers/Baths, Hard Water

Living in California, we have the Santa Ana winds which affects the skin's hydration. Hard water contains limestone, which can remove water from the skin.You can take showers everyday but avoid Hot - warm water is better but keep it short.


As your skin gets older, you will find it difficult to keep the moisture level high. The aging process makes our bodies more dehydrated includes our skin. It creates slow-down of cell turnover. And when skin becomes dehydrated skin it start to look older, fine lines becomes more prominent.

Air Conditioning/Heater/Wind

Living in California, we have the Santa Ana winds which affects the skin's hydration.

If you spend a lot of time in air-conditioned rooms, or with the central heating turned up, you might find these factors are making dehydrated skin conditions and dryness feel worse.

Using the Wrong Skincare

If you are using a product that is too light, too harsh or not using it consistently, your skincare can be a contribution to dry/dehydrated skin. If you feel that your moisturizer is not enough, you might think of adding a beauty oil to your skincare regimen.

Our Skin is the largest organ in our bodies, it's very important to use high quality ingredients in your skincare. Apply serums and moisturizers that contains hyaluronic acid which helps to keep water in the skin. The trick is always keep your skin moist after you wash your face/skin then moisturize immediately to lock in the moisture.

It's also important to drink plenty of water and having a good healthy habits are all ways to bring out the best in your skin. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle along with skincare routine will help plump, radiant skin.

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