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.
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.
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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.