While dry skin and dehydrated skin can share many of the same characteristics, such as tightness, roughness, flaking, scaling, redness and sensitivity, they are quite different skin concerns.
Dry skin generally refers to skin lacking in oil. Dehydrated skin is skin lacking in moisture - it is not so much a skin type as a skin condition. Even oily and combination skin can be dehydrated.
Dehydrated skin occurs when the protective uppermost layer of the skin, known as the stratum corneum, is lacking in moisture. Complexions appear dull, flaky and more mature looking, as dehydration makes wrinkles appear more pronounced.
What causes dehydrated skin?
Dehydrated skin can be caused by a number of factors including the environment, weather conditions, lifestyle and incorrect skin care. Factors include prolonged exposure to the sun, cold wind, air conditioning and heating, all of which can cause moisture to evaporate from the skin. An excessive lifestyle that includes alcohol, smoking and a poor diet can also serve to dry out skin. Dehydrated skin can be aggravated by topical skin care, i.e. using incorrect products for your skin.
How to care for dehydrated skin
Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day is key. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables will also help hydration levels in the skin. Additionally, this skin type can benefit from the use of targeted serums loaded with antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients and hyaluronic acid.
Your recommended regimen
At SkinCeuticals we believe that an effective skincare regimen is based around five fundamental principles: cleansing, prevention, correction, hydration and protection.
CLEANSE/TONE - Gentle Cleanser & Equalizing Toner
This comprehensive cleansing ritual lifts impurities and prepares skin for optimal product efficacy.
PREVENT - C E Ferulic
This innovative serum, containing concentrated vitamin C, strengthens the skin against environmental aggressors that can sap moisture from the skin, whilst helping to reduce the appearance of visible signs of photo damage such as fine lines and wrinkles.
CORRECT - Hydrating B5
Enriched with vitamin B5, this moisture-enhancing gel contains hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural hydrator, and helps to bind moisture to the skin.
HYDRATE – Emollience
A rich a restorative moisturiser with a selection of natural extracts and oils, it nourishes and hydrates skin.
PROTECT – Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50
This high factor sunscreen helps to protect against photoaging and environmental damage.