Expert Advice

The Important Difference Between Dehydrated and Dry Skin

Over my many years as an esthetician, I’ve seen products have a moment in the spotlight and be overused due to a misunderstanding of what the product can do. Over the last couple of years, the trending product has been hyaluronic acid. Clients of all ages are coming to me with serious trouble fighting their dry skin even though they’ve invested in a premium brand’s hyaluronic acid formulation. “Why isn’t it working for them when so many others swear by it?” – they ask. The issue is not with the product, it’s with identifying the problem.

Dry and dehydrated skin are two entirely different issues and require entirely different solutions. Let’s dive into why.


What is, and what causes dry skin?

Dry skin is a skin type, where the skin’s genetic predisposition fails to produce enough oil. Plain and simple – the problem is based on the amount of oil in the skin. The reason why it’s important to treat dry skin is because when the skin lacks its natural oil and sebum, microscopic cracks can occur at the cellular level, causing inflammation, redness, blemishes, roughness, and a loss of collagen. Not to mention pain and discomfort.


How do you know if you have dry skin?

Pay attention to pore size. The smaller the pores, the more they are lacking in oils. The larger the pores, generally this means that the skin has a more abundant amount of natural oils and sebum.


What are the best treatments for dry skin?

The best way to balance dry skin? Utilizing protective ceramides, products with glycerine, and facial oils are the best ways to help balance dryness. Avoid using harsh and oil-stripping cleansers, especially ones that are foaming. Most foaming products contain a higher level of surfactants, which is what you want to avoid.


Our favorite products for dry skin:

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream

Eminence Rosehip and Vitamin C +E Oil

What is and what causes dehydrated skin? 

Dehydrated skin is a skin condition. The skin is lacking water (vs oil as is the case with dry skin), and is something that can come and go depending on many factors. Things like an overexposure to sun, drier climates, lack of water intake, too much alcohol consumption, and an unbalanced diet can all lead to dehydrated skin.


How do you know if your skin is dry?

How to know if your skin is dehydrated? Do the pinch test! Simply pinch your forehead or cheeks, lightly, and if it seems to “wrinkle” or crease easily, you’re definitely lacking water.


What are the best treatments for dehydrated skin?

Some of our key tips for balancing dehydrated skin include drinking lots of water, eating more fruits and veggies, minimizing sun exposure to around 15 minutes a day, and using a product (morning and evening) that is rich is hyaluronic acid, the best hydrating agent. Balancing dehydrated skin is much simpler that it seems!


Our favorite products for dehydrated skin:

Eminence Organics Firm Skin Acai Booster-Serum

SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier (H.A.)

Medik8 Hydra8 B5 Serum

Are you having trouble battling dry or dehydrated skin? Schedule a custom facial with one of our skin professionals at The Pink Peony to identify the issue and discuss treatment options that will work best for you! In each facial we perform a deep moisturizing treatment for all skin types, and focus on extracting only in the T-zone area.

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