While dry skin and dehydrated skin tend to sound and feel the same, they are completely different skin phenomena that happen due to different causes.
Dry skin is a skin type that you are born with. If you have dry skin, your skin secretes less natural oils, AKA sebum; that's why it lacks elasticity, feels tight, and looks scaly, dull, and flaky.
Causes of Dehydrated skin
Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a skin condition that can happen to any skin type, including oily skin. It is only temporary and can happen as a result of skin barrier damage.
To make it short, our skin barrier keeps the gained moisture and hydration in your skin, while keeping irritants and toxins out from entering our bodies.
When our skin barrier is damaged, our skin loses its water content faster and easier, resulting in dehydrated skin.
How to Rehydrate Dehydrated Skin
Hydrate from the inside: Our bodies and cells contain up to 75% of water. Drinking water and keeping yourself hydrated will result in younger-looking skin with fewer problems.
Sunscreen: Harmful UV rays can cause serious damage to your skin barrier through free radicals; this will help hydration escape from your skin much faster. Make sure to wear your sunscreen all year long!
Humectants: Humectants suck in moisture from the surrounding air and deposit it into your skin, giving your skin a hydration boost. Look for skincare products rich in Hyaluronic acid and glycerin and include them in your daily routine.
Repair your barrier: Look for moisturizers that contain ceramides and niacinamide. Apply them daily to boost your barrier’s functionality.
How to Care for Dry Skin
Give your skin what it lacks! It's as easy as it sounds! Hydrate your skin deeply, as we mentioned, above and make sure to lock in the gained hydration. Search for rich moisturizers with humectants to both hydrate and moisturize your skin.
Want to know the difference between moisturizing and hydrating your skin? Check this blog article.