The world of skin types can be confusing. Dry, oily, acne-prone, mature…the list goes on. Dry skin and dehydrated skin share a lot of the same traits, so you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re one and the same. But appearances can be deceiving. These common skin concerns are actually very different – and require very different skincare. You might be dousing your skin in the wrong product.
So, what’s really the difference between dry and dehydrated skin – and what are the best products to use? Let’s take a deep dive.
Dry Skin & Dehydrated Skin Demystified
Dehydrated skin lacks water
Tight. Rough. Red. Dull. Sound like you? You probably have dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin is classified as a condition. It describes skin that lacks water. It can be sensitive or even peeling if the dehydration is severe. Dehydration in skin is usually caused by external factors. Think hot baths, chlorine, caffeine consumption, and the climate. That means you could have an oily skin type, but still suffer from dehydration. True story!
Dry skin lacks oil
Dry skin is not the same as dehydrated skin, although you can experience both issues at the same time. Dry skin is a skin type that produces less oil (sebum) than normal skin. Without this oil, skin has difficulty retaining moisture. Lack of oil can also weaken the skin’s barrier against pollutants and environmental aggressors. Dryness in skin is often genetic. However, with nourishing skincare products, you can keep the dryness at bay.
What Products Are Best For Dry And Dehydrated Skin?
Identifying whether you have dry skin or dehydrated skin is the first step. The second step is to figure out what skincare products you need. It all comes down to whether your skin needs hydration or moisture – and yes, they are two different things!
Hydration v moisture explained
If you’re seeing the words “hydration” and “moisture” on your skincare products, the goal is the same: to get enough water to your skin. The difference lies in how they work. Simply put, hydrating products aim to increase the water content of skin. Moisturising products are all about locking in that moisture. Knowing which is which will help you choose formulations that truly serve your skin.
Dehydrated skin needs hydration
If our skin is not receiving enough hydration, signs of dehydration start to show. Add air conditioning and artificial heating to the mix, and skin is crying out for hydration. Hydrating products can help to increase the water content of cells, so they’re a no-brainer for dehydrated skin.
The best dehydrated skin products
Look for a hydrating serum that is water-based – it easily penetrates thirsty skin. We recommend Hosanna H2O Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum. It sinks into skin without residue, which makes it easy to layer your moisturiser and makeup. Not only is this hydrating serum certified vegan, but it’s a certified organic serum as well.
No nasties here – just pristine New Zealand nature. Antioxidant-rich Vinanza® Grape has powerful properties to help protect skin and keep it firm and supple. 15,000 year old Waiwera® spring water ensures that you’re getting the purest form of hydration.