Despite their similarities in appearance, dehydrated skin and dry skin are very different. Dehydrated skin is classed as a skin concern and can affect any skin type, whereas dry skin is a skin type.
If you have dehydrated skin, it means you are lacking water and it requires hydrating ingredients to help replenish the water and prevent water loss. Caused by various factors such as wearing makeup, diet, harsh exfoliators, hormonal changes and weather, this can result in a weakening of the skins natural barrier. This affects the skins ability to retain moisture causing the skin to become dehydrated.
When dehydrated, your skin tries to compensate for the lack of water by creating more oil which can lead to break outs and irritation. This can result in your skin feeling both dry and oily at the same time. However dehydrated skin can be addressed with a good skincare routine and some lifestyle changes.
Dry skin is caused by a lack of oil (sebum) being produced by the skin. Unlike dehydrated skin, dry skin is a type you are born with. While your skin type can not be changed, it can be improved with the correct moisturising regime to help balance your skin.
How to tell if your skin is dry or dehydrated
As dehydrated skin is a skin concern, it is often only temporarily until addressed with topical lotions and some lifestyle changes.
Dry skin types will find that moisturisers and lotions absorb into your skin very quickly and will often affect the skin all over your body.
Signs you might have a dry skin type:
Moisturisers for dry, dehydrated skin
If your skin is dehydrated, it is important that you use skincare products that will help to reinforce your skins natural barrier function such as using hydrating ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid, Niacinamide, Glycolic Acid and plant based oils. By strengthening your skins barrier, this will help to prevent further water loss and trap moisture in your skin to help create a more balanced, healthy complexion.
Fade Out creams are formulated with Glycerin to moisturise dry skin, in combination with hydrating ingredients such as Niacinamide, Hyalulonic Acid and plant based oils to combat dehydrated skin.
90% of people who took part in the Fade Out 4 Week Challenge agreed that there skin felt more moisturised and hydrated*.
How to take care of dehydrated skin
Beyond your skincare regime there are other things you can also be doing to help support healthier looking skin.
Drinking more water
Eating more plant based foods
Moisturising and covering up in extreme weather
Avoiding excessive caffeine and alcohol
Whilst drinking more water and eating more plant based foods is essential for overall health, your skin is often the last organ to receive the nutrients so it is recommended to apply products topically to help your skin feel more comfortable and hydrated.
*Self-assessed study of 208 participants over 4 weeks of using Fade Out morning and evening.