Dry vs. Dehydrated
Although dry and dehydrated skin sound like the same problem, these issues are so different! Dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks water. Crazy, right? If you are regularly having breakouts but feels dry, your skin is likely more dehydrated rather than dry, which is causing more inflammation and potentially even exacerbating the blemishes you see popping up. Dry skin often doesn’t cause breakouts, but may need help rebuilding the skin barrier itself.
Read on for tips and recommended products!
DRY SKIN (needs more oil)
When dry, skin produces less oil than “normal” skin and lacks the necessary lipids to retain moisture and protect the skin from external stressors. If you truly have just dry skin, you will not struggle with breakouts as oil production is directly related to breakouts.
The outermost layer of our skin’s surface is called the skin barrier. It contains cells and lipids. Since those with dry skin lack the necessary lipids due to an impaired skin barrier, it’s important to use products to rebuild a stable foundation.
Exfoliating 1-2x/week also helps your moisturizer be more effective by removing dead skin cells, while also helping with breakouts. Glow Peel Pads can be used weekly to exfoliate safely.
Note: When starting a new skincare regimen that includes ingredients with retinoids, glycolic acid, salicylic acid or other actives, often times your skin will be dry/flaky initially. This is expected as your skin gets adjusted to the products, and is different than having chronically dry skin.
What Products to Use for Dry Skin:
DEHYDRATED SKIN (needs more water)
Did you know your skin can be dehydrated, even when the skin is properly moisturized? Common signs of dehydrated skin include dullness, redness, congestion and inflammation (breakouts). What’s the solution? Keep reading!
What Products to Use for Dehydrated Skin:
- Consider a humidifier for your room while you sleep at night.
- Spritz facial mist on your skin throughout the day.
- Always make sure you’re drinking enough water, no matter what kind of skin you have.
- For dry skin — it’s important to note that while hyaluronic acid (HA) can help retain water and create more moisture for the skin, it can also cause even more dryness. When it is applied to the skin, it pulls moisture from the air and soaks it into the skin. If you are in a dry climate, it can cause your skin to feel drier than before. So, make sure to apply a moisturizer on top to prevent unnecessary loss of moisture to the skin.
- Always apply serums and moisturizer to damp skin for optimal absorption. Your face can either be a little damp from applying Vitamin C prior or spritz a facial mist on it before applying. If you do have dry skin, be sure to apply a moisturizer at the end of your regimen to lock in the hydration.
We're grateful that both dry skin and dehydrated skin are treatable with the right products. Hydrate away and read more about using serums in your skincare routine here!