Dry & Dehydrated Skin

Skin Conditions – Dry & Dehydrated Skin

These two conditions are often confused. Dry skin is a lack of the skin’s natural oil, sebum. This is a condition that can be constitutional ie. It has a natural tendency to dry skin, but it can also be created by poor skin care, environment and other factors.

Dehydrated skin is a lack of water in the skin and is one we create. Water lives in both the epidermal (top layers) of the skin, we call it free-flowing water and in the dermal layers of the skin (bottom two layers), where important ingredients called Glycosaminoglycans, the most commonly known as Hyaluronic Acid, hold onto water and act like a sponge to plump the skin.

In this fast-paced environment, there are a number of factors that can be attributed to making skin dry or dehydrated. The first step to counteracting this is understanding the difference between the two before finding an effective solution.


Quite simply, skin dehydration is a deficiency of water whilst dry skin is caused by a lack of oil. These two common skin problems are exacerbated over time through a number of daily routines that we think nothing of:-


  • Lack of water daily sounds obvious, but it is something that many overlook. Drinking a consistent level of water throughout the day is recommended. Remember, water and other essential nutrients will always go to the more critical organs first, and the skin is at the end of the line, so it takes more than 1 or 2 glasses a day to feed the skin.
  • The overuse of facial wipes that provide a speedy cleanse also depletes the skin’s natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and taut.
  • Another immediate ‘feel good’ that will add to long-term skin dryness is regular over-exfoliation. Initially, the skin looks radiant and smooth, but dead skin cells are important in shielding new cells. Overly aggressive, gritty scrubs do not help the situation.
  • Diet plays a fundamental part in skin hydration and it is important to maintain a balance of ‘good fats’ commonly found within oily fish, avocado, olives etc.
  • Whilst a steamy shower is something we all look forward to, spending too much time in hot temperatures can lead to the slow ‘stripping’ of natural oils.
  • General ageing over our lifetime affects our skin, whether we like it or not. Regardless of how oily or naturally moistured your skin felt in your 20’s, this sadly depletes with age resulting in dry skin.

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