Dry Skin vs. Dehydrated Skin: How to Tell the Difference

September 10, 2019

Dry Skin vs. Dehydrated Skin: How to Tell the Difference

Let's talk about another case of skin care confusion. Most people think that dry skin and dehydrated skin are the same thing. In fact, when shopping for skin care products, people with dehydrated skin often buy products designed for dry skin and vice versa. The problem? Dry skin and dehydrated skin often need to be treated in very different ways.

Just how is dry skin different from dehydrated skin? Read on and find out! 

On the surface, dry skin and dehydrated skin tend to feel the same. They both feel -- well -- dry. Dry skin is a skin type, much like oily or combination skin. Dehydrated skin, however, is a skin condition.

Dry and dehydrated skin are both lacking something.

This is where the main difference comes in to play. Dry skin is lacking oil. Dehydrated skin is lacking water. Understanding which is missing is key to selecting the right skin care products. 

What is dry skin?

People with dry skin have fewer oil producing glands. They may actually have a genetic predisposition to having dry skin. Dry skin may be flaky, and often feels tight, itchy, and downright uncomfortable. Since there is not as much sebum being produced compared to normal skin, it is more difficult to retain moisture and protect against external factors. Dry skin needs those lipids. Using products with plant oils and butters can help replenish what your skin is naturally lacking.

Dry skin cannot be fixed per se. It can be managed, though, with having a proper skin care routine.

Our Soft Balm is a must if you have truly dry skin. The blend of plant oils address dry skin, softening and soothing while providing the lipids is so desperately needs. Our body cream and body oil also should be staples in your routine.

Isn't dehydrated skin the same thing?

No. This is where people understandably get confused. People with oily skin, though, often have dehydrated skin. Anyone can experience skin dehydration at any time. Oil is not what is lacking -- water is. There are so many external factors that can lead to skin dehydration, from drinking too much caffeine or alcohol to being exposed to hot, dry heat inside the office or home. That is why so many people notice skin changes when they need to run the heat in the winter months. Skin may look more tired, older and with a rough texture if it is dehydrated.

Eating water rich foods, drinking water and tea, and using hydrating ingredients on the skin all can help ease dehydration. Look for products with plant distillates, cucumber fruit, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid to help tackle dehydration.

Recommendations:

Seed Advanced Botanicals Toner with Cucumber Distillate helps replenish dehydrated skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. 

Seed Advanced Botanicals Extra Moisturizing Face Cream features hyaluronic acid to help tackle the effects of dehydration, while minimizing the look of fine lines.





Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Lately I've been paying more attention

5 Skin Care and Beauty Tips for Cold and Flu Season
5 Skin Care and Beauty Tips for Cold and Flu Season

February 25, 2020

It seems that we're right in the middle of cold and flu season. In addition to feeling like you have been run over by a truck, when you are under the weather, your skin can reflect how you feel on the inside. We would like to share some of our best tips for your skin during cold and flu season:

 

1. Wash your hands.

Washing your hands with soap and warm water is your best line of defense against the germs that are out there floating around. No need for anti-bacterial soap, says the CDC. Unless you are a hospital visitor or in the medical field, regular soap and water will be effective. If there is no soap available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in a pinch.

View full article →

Moisturizing Basics: How do I use a body oil?
Moisturizing Basics: How do I use a body oil?

February 04, 2020

Last week, we took a look at the differences between body lotion and body cream for moisturizing the body. Continuing our discussion, today we're look at body oils and sharing why (and how) using a body oil will benefit the skin.

View full article →

The Skin Care Benefits of Vitamin C
The Skin Care Benefits of Vitamin C

January 28, 2020

Let's talk about Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate). Why do we use this ingredient in our facial moisturizers? You may have heard in the past that Vitamin C is great for the skin, but may have been unsure why it is so beneficial. There are many types of Vitamin C used in skin care and there is an abundance of notable research to validate both the efficacy and stability of Ascorbyl Palmitate. This is important to note because some forms of the vitamin break down much more easily.

View full article →

Sign up for our Seed Newsletter Now

Seed offers the Gold Stanard in 5 Star Natural Face and Body Care

Sign up for the latest on new Seed products, healthy beauty, and lots of other perks (including 20% off your first order)