The difference between dry and dehydrated skin.
Updated: Jan 8
Have you ever wondered if there was a difference between dry and dehydrated skin? Perhaps you’ve found yourself reading product labels that contain either or both of the words, and you’ve felt a little stumped as to the potential difference between the two. Well, it turns out there is a difference, and in the case of treating your skin, the difference is actually pretty important.
As a general definition, dehydrated skin means your body is taking in less water than it's losing. Therefore, dehydrated skin lacks water - compared to dry skin, which typically lacks natural oil. More simply put, dry skin is a skin type, while dehydrated skin is a condition usually related to other lifestyle factors.
Dehydrated skin can affect anyone, regardless of skin type, pore size, or genetics. Unlike other factors that may contribute to dry skin, like psoriasis or eczema, these conditions don't cause dehydration. Dehydrated skin can also cause dullness, darker under-eye circles, increased appearance of line lines and wrinkles, and shadows around the eyes.
Lifestyle factors that contribute to dry skin:
The usual suspect of prematurely aged skin also play a role in dehydrated skin: smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and too much sun exposure. As both alcohol and caffeine are considered diuretics, reducing (or eliminating) these will benefit both skin appearance and hydration status.
A diet of high-sodium, processed foods and low-water plant-based foods is more likely to result in dehydrated skin, as the body receives hydration not just from liquids but from vitamin-rich foods like fruits and vegetables.
So what should you do?
Start with half your body in ounces of water a day, eating a more plant-based diet will help replenish water and essential antioxidants, which are only found in plants. And for dry skin increase fish oils and Omega 3 essential fatty acids. To find skincare products that target both of these issues at the same time, you will most likely be using different ingredients for each purpose. For example, if you were trying to find a moisturizing cream or serum for dry skin, you would want to focus on ingredients such as Shea Butter, Hemp and Jojoba Oil, while skin that is dehydrated would benefit from Aloe Vera and Botanical Hyaluronic Acid.
Shea butter is particularly high in the deeply moisturizing and skin cell lubricating essential fatty acid known as Oleic Acid, while Jojoba oil contains a full spectrum of moisturizing vitamin E and a balancing essential fatty acid profile that actually helps your skin better moisturize itself via the sebum it produces.
Aloe Vera is known throughout the world for its juicy nature in the face of dry, intense heat, and it imparts this same juiciness to dehydrated skin via it’s polysaccharides and amino acids that help the skin to retain water. Botanical Hyaluronic Acid has the incredible ability of attracting and holding up to 1000x it’s own weight in water, making it an absolutely incredible skin cell hydrating substance.
Most people find that they can benefit from both types of ingredients, allowing their skin to be more balanced in it’s water content and in its soft and smooth texture that comes as a result of regular essential fatty acid application. For skincare that makes a tangible difference, combine a few, or all of the above-mentioned ingredients for plump, soft, and balanced skin that shines.
At Vie by Shanti we proudly include these healing ingredients in all of our skincare formulations.
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