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Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin: the Difference

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

How do you know your skin type really is your skin type? Is your skin mysteriously both dry and oily? The news is that you might just be dehydrated. Let's go through the differences this poses from real dry skin, and see if you're practicing the right skincare routine.

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Dry Skin

Dry skin normally occurs because your body is not coming up with enough sebum. Your body's sebaceous glands are tasked with producing sebum - a wax-like, oily substance that covers and protects your epidermis against outside pollutants and moisture loss. When there is a problem with this system, there isn't enough sebum to constantly cover your face (especially if you exfoliate more than you need to). This leaves your skin more open to losing moisture, resulting in flaky skin and dry patches in key areas of the face. So, technically, while you may be well hydrated, your body struggles to keep the moisture in.

The Right Moisturiser

Any good medic will agree that it's better to treat the cause, rather than the symptom. Hence, you should be looking for a moisturiser that will help build back your protective layer instead of simply adding moisture back in. We recommend adding products with lipids into your skin regime, as well as using an oil-based serum.

Lipids are biological molecules that can contain oils, wax, fats and even some vitamins and steroids. They naturally build up your skin barrier, so it only makes sense to supplement them into your skincare routine if you're experiencing dry skin.

If you're looking to add a better amount of oils, however, an oil-based serum is your holy grail! We formulate ours with organic, vegan ingredients such as Rosehip Seed oil, Baobab Seed oil and Pomegranate Seed oil - all of these work together to both hydrate your skin skin and offer antioxidant properties, so you can avoid blemishes and severe wrinkles in the long run. We think it's a win-win, don't you?

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Dehydrated Skin

While dry skin is lacking in oils, dehydrated skin is lacking water. Usually, dehydration of the skin can be triggered by more than a poor water intake; you may have used the wrong makeup products, stayed in the sun too much or without SPF... even having a poor diet can affect your levels of hydration! More exactly, your body's Natural Moisturising Factor is too low, which falls out of sync with your skin: this is why your body might produce extra oil (sebum), along with developing other skin issues such as acne breakouts or dry patches. So, what is there to do?

The Right Hydrating Moisturiser

The best thing you can offer your dehydrated skin is hydration. Products aimed at this type of skin are usually rich in glycerin, and they can even include hyaluronic acid. They are great ingredients that bond with water and help retain it into your skin, all while being generally well received by the skin, so you should seek them out!

Additionally, we recommend using a thermal water spray when applying hyaluronic acid products, because it helps lock in some extra moisture. Thermal water is also a wonderful way of helping soothe your skin because it offers a cooling effect.


Have you figured out which of these might be your own skin? We know skincare journeys can be daunting when there is so much to learn, and we're here to show you a relaxed path towards learning and putting the right things on your skin.

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