Dry skin is a skin type whilst dehydrated skin is a condition normally caused by one’s lifestyle.
Lets explore these in detail!
Dry skinmeans your skin is generally lacking natural oils (aka sebum) and therefore the skin doesn’t retain sufficient moisture.Dry skincan occur on the face and anywhere on your body. It can be caused by low humidity, using harsh soaps, certain medication, heating in winter, and ageing. People with eczema and psoriasis will also often experience dry skin.
Fine lines and cracks which can become deep and bleed,
A feeling of skin tightness, especially after bathing or shower.
Preventing and Treating Dry Skin
Avoid soaps and harsh chemicals– these can remove natural oils from our skin, making it impossible to retain water. Try cleansing with cleansing creams instead,
Avoid hot showers – hot showers and baths can remove the skin natural oils so stay with warm and cold showers,
Avoid over heating– coming into winter, we are prone to excess heating which accelerates water loss from our skin, making them feel dry.
Use a Humidifier– this is especially good in winter or if you live in an environment with low humidity,
Choose a cream over a lotion - creams are thicker and contain more moisturisers. They tend to be much more effective for dry skin types
Add Jojoba Oil or Argan Oil to your skincare routine, especially in winter time can dramatically increase skin moisturisation
Moisturise regularly to prevent dry skin, especially winter rash.
Moisturisers containing natural oils such as Squalane can help treat dry itchy skin on face and leg. Our body produces squalane naturally but this ability is diminished after about age 30, making us more prone to dry skin.
Hydration - aim to drink a minimum eight glasses of water a day and always after a work out,
Add Humectants - certain moisturisers containing lots of humectants such as Hylauronic Acid and Glycerin can help increase moisture retention in the skin, therefore making the skin feel more hydrated for longer,
Avoid excess caffeine and alcoholconsumption
“Dry Skin: Diagnosis and Treatment”, American Academy of Dermatology Association
“Squalane and its potential clinical uses”, Alternate Medical Review
Penzer R, Ersser S. “Principles of Skincare”.1stUnited Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing. 2010