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Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin

Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin

One of the most common questions we receive at Beauty Expert is “what’s the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?” As our resident Pharmacist explains, although tight, dry skin seems to be a common occurrence during the winter months, there is a really big difference between the two types. Knowing the difference between dry and dehydrated skin is really important as it not only helps to determine which skin type you have, it can then influence the type of skincare products you purchase too. Read on to determine your skin type, including the symptoms and tips for keeping your skin healthy and hydrated.

Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin

Essentially dry skin refers to skin that’s lacking in oil, whereas dehydrated skin is characterised by a lack of moisture Stratum Corneum (outermost layer of the skin). Dry skin is a skin type which is often as a result of our genetics. Dehydrated skin however is a skin condition, which means it’s more temporary and more treatable than dry skin. Dehydrated skin is usually caused from external factors like the weather or from the use of harsh soaps, and is basically referring to skin that is moisture deficient. Poor diet, too much caffeine & alcohol, and stripping cleansers are all possible causes of dehydrated skin.

Dehydrated Skin – The Symptoms:

  • Sleeping lines or expression lines are apparentDehydrated Skin
  • Skin feels tight after cleansing
  • Skin can be both dry & oily at the same time
  • Large pores and blackheads with breakouts around the chin or T-zone
  • Sudden increase in sensitivity
  • Skin absorbs products quickly
  • Extreme itching

Tips for treating dehydrated skin:

  • Use gentle yet effective cleansers that won’t leave your skin feeling tight & try to avoid products that contain alcohol
  • Drink plenty of water
  • For moisturisers to work their best, apply them within 3 minutes of stepping out of the bath or shower
  • Try eating water-rich foods like watermelon & cucumber to help increase your water fluids
  • Try to avoid alcohol & caffeine which will dehydrate your skin further
  • Keep a hydrating spray with you at all times

Dry Skin – The Symptoms:

  • Skin is dull and lacks oil & shineDry Skin Model Image
  • Tingling sensation after cleansing
  • Skin feels tight
  • Skin has dry patches or redness
  • Skin is more sensitive to first signs of ageing (first lines of expression)
  • Make-up generally stays on much longer than those with oily skin
  • Flakiness
  • Very easily irritated

Tips for treating Dry Skin:

  • Adding an oil into your skin regime can help replenish the skin’s lipids
  • Limit your shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes and use warm water rather than hot water
  • Use products that are gentle on the skin and that are fragrance free
  • Use oils & moisturisers at least once a day
  • Install a humidifier in your bedroom as this will help to keep the air moist. This should ideally be set to 60%!

Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin



Kerry Courtney

Kerry Courtney

Skincare Specialist

A self-confessed skincare addict, I’m always on the search for new products to add to my collection! I believe there’s nothing quite as flattering as when your skin heralds a certain luminescence. I’ve recently qualified as a Beauty Therapist, so when I’m not writing about all things beauty, I love nothing more than pampering my friends & family!


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