Dry Skin or Dehydrated Skin? What’s the Difference?

Dry skin is exhibited by generally rough and flaky skin. This is due to insufficient sebum or oils on the skin that causes the outer surface of the skin to dry out. The skin then sheds off easily causing a reduced level of protection for the overall surface of the skin. Dehydrated skin is exhibited by tightness and dullness. A healthy and hydrated skin looks plump and springy to the touch. A good of amount of hydration in the skin is protected by sebum which is the oil that coats the surface of the skin to prevent loss of water from the skin.

Dehydrated skin can occur even if your skin is not flaky and does not exhibit surface dryness. Other possible situations is having well hydrated skin but flaky rough and flaky surface. Dehydration can be solved with proper lifestyle such as proper diet and drinking enough water as the source of hydration will be supplied by the body into the skin. Dryness can be solved by application of moisturizers that has a healthy amount of oils suitable for different type of skin types (stay tuned for more information on different types of moisturizer for different skin types).

With the advancement of skincare technologies, moisturizers now are formulated with hydrating properties that can draw moisture from one’s surroundings to increase hydration giving the skin a supple look and healthy look together with oil that coat the outer layer of the skin to prevent water loss into the surrounding. Even for those that has no problem in hydration, moisturizers are a good way to lock hydration in the skin and make the skin appear smooth and healthy. Although moisturizers are more advanced with newer technologies, the best way to keep hydration is to hydrate the body itself. With the aid of better moisturizers, many who are working in air conditioned rooms can apply moisturizer before going to work while bringing along a mist spray and occasionally spray the skin so the moisturizers can absorb it.

QUICK TIP: Applying moisturizers on damp skin after a good cleansing in the morning is the best way for the skin to absorb and coat the cleansed skin with all the good stuff in moisturizer. HAPPY SKINCARES!

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2 thoughts on “Dry Skin or Dehydrated Skin? What’s the Difference?”

  1. Since there’s so many moisturizers out there with different price points some may reach hundred and some are below 15, i really want to know what are the differences between them. do we really need to buy moisturizers that are like 50 and above?

    1. The difference between an affordable moisturizer versus an expensive moisturizer can be a few things: marketing, packaging, and possibly proprietary ingredients.
      To develop proprietary blends often use many scientific expertise. And optimum concentrations of active ingredients is to ensure greater effectiveness and longer-lasting results. Thus, it may reach hundreds to cost the product. This part of that cost is intended to account for all of the research and labor that went into the product’s development.
      Drugstore skincare brands will often benefit from a luxury brand’s research by copying their formula and replacing some of the costlier ingredients with cheaper, artificial alternatives. This allows them to sell at a much cheaper cost because they don’t have to develop the formulas themselves, and they don’t have to spend as much on costly botanicals. Also, because drugstore skincare brands produce very high volumes, they can save by manufacturing in bulk.

      what’s most important at the end of the day is that you actually use it regularly. =)

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