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Dry skin vs dehydrated skin. What's the difference?

Dry skin vs dehydrated skin. What's the difference?

The colder weather is coming in and the effects the temperature change has on our skin can really change the way it looks, feels and acts. Living in the North East can be particularly harsh on our skin, especially in the fall and winter months when the air is crisper and our morning showers tend to get a little longer and a lot hotter. We know how hard it is to avoid hot showers. We are so guilty of this 

 How can you tell if your skin is dry or dehydrated? 

Dry skin is a skin type, it lacks natural oils and has a lot to do with genetics. It can feel flaky or itchy consistently, especially in winter months and it is prone to premature aging.

Dehydrated skin is a skin condition when your body loses more water than it is taking in. Skin that’s dehydrated can appear dull and oily and dry at the same time. This skin condition usually comes from environmental factors like poor diet or improper skin care. 

What are some ways to help with the issues?

It is important to identify whether your skin is dry or dehydrated in order to help it. Even if your skin is in great shape, self care is everything and treating yourself to a facial is a great way to practice that. Another way is to just make a few small changes and listen to what your skin is telling you. Those small changes can be drinking more water, limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption. Try using a serum under your moisturizer. Never skimp on sunscreen and try to avoid those extra long hot showers!


Becky Meli, LE, In-house esthetician

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