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A common skincare myth is that dry and dehydrated skin are one and the same. In actual fact, they’re completely different. Both skin types have different signs and should be treated differently.
Dry skin lacks oil, whilst dehydrated skin lacks water. Both hydration and moisture play different parts in the skin, meaning it’s essential to have a good balance of both. The purpose of hydration is to bind water to the skin, whilst moisturising aims to prevent water from leaving the skin.
Dry skin is classified as a skin type, whilst dehydration is considered a skin condition. Dryness is affected by your skins natural oil production and dehydration is caused by external elements, an unhealthy diet and general lifestyle choices.
With that basic difference in mind, you might already understand why you apply both a serum and a moisturiser. A serum tends to lock in hydration, whilst a moisturiser prevents your hydration from leaving.
Dehydrated skin has a duller appearance, and tends to feel tight, no matter how much moisturiser you apply. If you gently pinch the skin on your cheek and it looks like you have fine lines, it’s possible you have dehydrated skin.
Dry skin tends to result in rough, flaky and irritated skin. It can vary in levels of severity, but for the most post, it’s nothing a moisturiser can’t combat. If your skin has a rough texture, chances are your skin is dry.
Once you’ve figured out whether you skin is dry, dehydrated, or even both, you can start figuring out the best way to combat it.
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