Do I Have Dry or Dehydrated Skin?

When it comes to skincare, understanding your skin type is essential to properly caring for it. We typically describe our skin as either oily, combination or dry. However, many people actually struggle with dehydrated skin, especially as the weather gets colder and drier. So, how can you tell the difference between dry and dehydrated skin? We gathered some research to help you decipher between the two and how to properly care for each.

What is the difference?

The main difference between dry and dehydrated skin is that dry skin is a skin type that is genetically determined, while dehydrated skin is a temporary skin condition. 

If a person has a dry skin type, their skin produces less oil than average. People with dry skin are born with this skin type and will find that their skin is dry all over their face and body. When applying lotion and moisturizers, they’ll notice that it soaks in quickly. Some common skin concerns that are associated with dry skin are flaking, sensitivity, cracking, and eczema. 

In contrast, dehydrated skin is temporary. If a person has a dehydrated skin condition, then their skin is lacking water. This could be from seasonally dry air, using an exfoliating skincare product, not drinking enough water, or incorrect product usage. Sometimes, when skin is dehydrated it creates more oil to make up for the lack of water. This can result in breakouts, dry patches, and irritation. Strangely, a person’s skin can feel oily and dry at the same time!

Almond Clear’s Soothing Daily Moisturizer 

Finding a product that treats dry or dehydrated skin can be difficult. It is essential to find something that isn’t too heavy and can hydrate and lock in long-lasting moisture. 

Our Soothing Daily Moisturizer is great for treating both skin conditions! It was formulated to help maintain and repair the skin’s protective barrier. It addresses dry and dehydrated skin without clogging pores, thanks to its enriching deck of hydrating ingredients including aloe vera, squalane oil, hyaluronic acid, and comfrey extract. 

The best part is that it is safe for all skin types. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, it absorbs into the skin without leaving behind residue. The moisturizer also aids any excessive drying from using acne-fighting exfoliants. It can be used for both the face AND body, so all of your skin can be nourished and protected from the winter’s colder air. 

Tips to keep your skin healthy during the colder seasons:

Hot Showers Are Bad For Skin, Say Dermatologists | Glamour UK

  1. Drink Water - It’s the tip as old as time. However, to be fair, it is extremely effective to drink enough water. Think about it like this, our skin is the last organ to receive the nutrients that we consume, and this includes water! Strive for at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated and working properly.

  2. Minimize exposure to hot water - Hot showers can dry out and irritate your skin by causing damage to the keratin cells that are located on the outer layer of our skin. This damage makes it hard for the cells to lock in moisture. Taking hot showers can also cause your skin to become itchier than normal. It is best to take a lukewarm shower and apply a moisturizer to your skin.

  3. Exfoliate for Smooth Skin - Chemical exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells, improve circulation and smooth complexion. It’s also essential to practice exfoliation during the bitter temperatures of winter. It’s important to not use a harsh exfoliant but something that is gentle and gets the job done. Almond Clear’s exfoliating serums are a great choice because they are gentle enough for daily use! 

  4. Purchase a humidifier for your bedroom or office- Indoor air gets especially dry during the colder months of the year. Running a humidifier adds moisture to the air and thus to your skin as well. Place a humidifier in the room where you spend the most time. Bonus- many humidifiers also dispense essential oils, so you can get a little aromatherapy at the same time!

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