There’s Dry Skin And There’s Dehydrated Skin, But What’s The Difference?
I can’t stress how important it is to know your skin type because there’s nothing worse than using the wrong kind of skincare products for your skin – you’re basically wasting money! Many of us would assume that we have oily skin because our skin feels oily, and it makes sense right? But oily skin can also be an indication of dehydrated skin.
For starters, dehydrated skin is not the same as having dry skin. According to celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau, dry skin is when your skin produces little to no oil, causing it to appear dry and flaky. While dry skin refers to a skin type, dehydrated skin is actually a skin condition.
Dehydrated skin happens when oily, combination or normal skin is lacking water. In order to compensate for the lack of water content, your skin may produce more oil to create moisture.
But this also confuses people and makes them think they have oily skin, causing them to use skincare products for oily skin types that basically strips the skin of more oil and moisture, thus forcing your skin to produce more oil – do you see the never-ending pattern here?
Luckily, there are ways to free your skin of dehydration. First things first, cleansing. Sulfate-free cleansers are said to be a good choice to prevent unnecessary dehydration. Avoid using acids or scrubs too often when exfoliating because this is known to cause skin dehydration and inflammation.
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When carrying out your skincare, NEVER leave your face bare for more than 60 seconds after cleansing because the air would instantly suck more moisture out of your skin. So always make sure to apply your skincare products immediately after cleansing. And if you’re going to use serum, try looking for those that contain hyaluronic acid for extra hydration boost!