Is your skin dehydrated, or just dry?

Many people mistake dry skin for dehydrated skin. So, what's the difference?

Dry skin symptoms

Dry skin refers to a skin type (just like oily or combination), dehydrated skin refers to a skin condition. Dry skin lacks oil (not just water) and can be a result of genetics. It can appear flaky and rough.

Dehydrated skin symptoms

Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, lacks water, and appears dull and tight.

What does dry irritated skin look like?

Truly dry irritated skin does not produce any oil or sebum.

Since there’s no oil to enlarge the follicles or breed bacteria, dry skin types have itty-bitty pores and generally never break out in spots.

Blemish-free skin and tiny pores might not sound so bad, but the skin relies on oil to hold moisture. Without it, your complexion may appear rough and flaky, and wrinkles will usually appear more pronounced.

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The bottom line

If you don’t have oil in your skin, you likely have dry skin.

On top of that, if you experience flakiness and irritation, you can feel even more confident about your diagnosis.

If you're experiencing tightness or a dull complexion, or you've had a night of drinking (which can suck hydration out of your skin, not to mention increase rosacea and acne), you likely have dehydrated skin.

Keep your skin routine simple

Feeding it with nutritious plant oils and ingredients like Shea Butter.

Personally, my dry skin can not live without Nourish Overnight Mask, I massage it all over my face, eyes and neck every single night.

Do your best to move away from products that strip your skin or disrupt your delicate acid mantle, leaving you tight and uncomfortable. Think twice about stronger treatments that sensitise skin over time. Your complexion will benefit much more through healthy eating and good nutritious skincare products, rather than Retinol, over exfoliation and chemical peels.


Nourish it. Care for it. Feed it.

Dryness and dehydration in our skin is often the result of our lifestyle and environmental factors. Let this be a gentle reminder to give love to our internal self, focusing on nutrition and good hydration.

Good fats like Olive Oil, Avocados and Salmon plus a plentitude of water in every season are non-negotiable for dry irritated skin sufferers. As well as making small changes that can create big impact like introducing a water filter in your shower and sleeping with a humidifier on.

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