Dry Skin Vs Dehydrate Skin

Dry Skin is a type, characterised by fewer oil producing glands, the skin is unable to retain moister to protect the skin. Dry skin may also be due to an underlying health condition/s. Dehydrated skin refers to a skin condition, normally due to external factors like the weather, diet and our environment - hot showers ad or baths, air con, heating, wrong ski care, aging and stress which can affect the water content within the skin. You don’t have to have dry skin to have dehydrated skin; it can affect any skin type and not always easy to diagnosis however dehydrated skin is not necessarily permanent

Dry Skin

  • Feels rough

  • Looks dry

  • Can be flaky

  • Can be itchy

Dehydrated Skin

  • Looks dull/lifeless

  • Feels tight

  • Shows fine lines

  • Sagging skin

  • Deep wrinkles

  • Dark circles under the eyes

Believe it or not dehydrated skin is worse in winter as we tend to drink less as its cold, increase heating at home, car and work to keep warm.

What can you do to help protect your skin?

  • Apply sun screen

  • Eat a balanced diet

  • Plenty sleep

  • Drink Water

  • Exercise

  • Turn the heating down

  • Avoid soap, use a soap free wash

  • Apply lip balm

  • Use the correct skin care

  • Moisturise your skin

  • Don’t over indulge in alcohol

Simple tests to check if your skin is dehdyrated

The pinch test - Take the kin on your hand between your forefinger and thumb, pull it up, if the skin takes a few seconds to settle down it can be an indicator of dehydration. You can perform the same test on your face, pinch your cheek gently, if its not holding shape and is wrinkling w gentle pressure it may indicate dehydration.