When your skin is feeling tight it’s easy to get confused as to whether you are dealing with dry skin or dehydrated skin.
Let’s take a look at the characteristics of both for a clearer idea.
Dry Skin This is a skin type ( Read more here about skin types)
A dry skin doesn’t produce enough oils so the skin has a weak lipid barrier and isn’t good at keeping moisture in. This skin type is constant but can be aggravated at different times especially in the winter. It’s not just the face that’s dry, it’s all over the body and hands. Dry skin can be genetic and if not treated correctly it can lead to sensitivity ( this is caused by the weak lipid barrier allowing irritants in)
My top three recommendations for dry skin are
Intensive Moisture Cleanser
Intensive Moisture Balance
Super Rich Repair
Dehydrated skin This is a transient skin condition that at times can affect all skin types including dry or oily skin. Dehydrated skin lacks water and needs water rich products to re-hydrate and balance it. With the correct products this skin condition can be easily fixed, but its good to know what has triggered the dehydration in the first place. The most common causes of dehydrated skin are
1- Lack of water- do you drink enough water each day? if your body is dehydrated it will reflect in your skin. It’s worth noting here that high tea, coffee or alcohol consumption also lead to dehydration.
2- Micro Climate – do you spend a lot of time indoors with air conditioning or heating? this can strip moisture from your skin.
3- Product – product misuse is a big contributor to dehydration, for example over exfoliating or under moisturising can both trigger dehydration.