Dehydration VS Dryness in Skincare
Dry and dehydrated skin might look like the same thing, but when it comes to skincare, they are entirely different. Dehydrated skin is when your skin is lacking water, the skin can appear dry, but it is not the same as having dry skin. If dehydrated skin is lacking in water, dry skin is lacking natural oils. Dry skin is a skin type, while dehydration is a condition.
The definition of dehydration is when your body is losing more water than it is taking in. It can occur from lots of sweating or exercise, or not taking in enough water that can be related to caffeine use. Dehydration can cause symptoms like itchiness, dullness, sunken eyes, darker under-eye circles, “shadows” around the face, or increasing incidence or appearance of fine lines and surface wrinkles.
In cases of severe dehydration, symptoms can go beyond your skin, and warning signs are dizziness, faintness, dry mouth, lightheadedness, and overall weakness.
Treatments for Dehydrated Skin
Unlike dry skin, dehydration is treatable with lifestyle changes. Replenishing your hydration is the first significant step, so it’s essential to drink plenty of water. You can start with the old rule of eight glasses of water per day if you don’t drink enough water already.
But, also make sure to get water-rich veggies and fruit into your diet to help increase your water intake, such as celery and watermelon. Following the lifestyle changes listed below can also help in treating dehydrated skin:
- Drink less coffee and other types of caffeine
- Drink alcohol in moderation only
- Stop smoking
- Exercise regularly
- Replenish fluids right after a workout
- Get your beauty sleep
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
To test your skin's dehydration levels, you can do a simple pinch test. Take a small portion of skin around your cheek and squeeze lightly. If you notice wrinkling and the surface doesn’t bounce back, then your skin might be dehydrated.
Dry skin is a skin type, and these types are categorized as normal, dry, combination and oily. Usually, we are born with one kind of skin type, but our skin can change with age and seasons. The cause of dry skin is your sebaceous glands not producing enough natural oils.
Dry skin needs a little added hydration through moisture to help protect it. In some cases, dry skin can be caused by an underlying condition like hypothyroidism. Signs that you have dry skin are scaly skin, redness, white flakes, and irritation.
Treatments for Dry Skin
Dry skin can be challenging to treat. If your skin has always been naturally dry, you will need to take extra care to keep it moist during cold and dry seasons. A moisturizer specifically made for dry skin is the key to hydrating your skin without making it oily. Oily moisturizers won’t help dry skin, and it can make you break out.
In cases of severe dehydration and dry skin should be addressed by your doctor.
Using products that are too harsh or using them infrequently can contribute to dehydration and dryness of your skin. Weather or your environment play factors in the appearance of your skin, as well. If it is dry and cold, it can aggravate dry or dehydrated skin more.
Having an excellent moisturizer for body and face can help with hydrating and dryness in your skin. If your symptoms are becoming more severe, it is always best to seek out a doctor’s opinion.
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