DRY OR DEHYDRATED SKIN – Know The Difference

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DRY OR DEHYDRATED SKIN - Know The Difference
DRY OR DEHYDRATED SKIN – Know The Difference

I’ve noticed over the years that most people tend to confuse dry and dehydrated skin conditions. This is easily done because they share similar symptoms, but it’s essential to understand which you have and address it appropriately.

Personally, I’m not a big believer in skin type. So when I refer to skin type in my posts, this is only a rough guide. Factors such as the environment, ageing, nutrition, health and lifestyle have a great impact on our skin condition. For instance, I know my skin changes with the weather. And since I live in London that means almost every day. Therefore, my motto is – change your skincare routine as often as you change your wardrobe. I’ve noticed over the years that most people tend to confuse dry and dehydrated skin conditions. This is easily done because they share similar symptoms, but it’s essential to understand which you have and address it appropriately.


Normally we refer to Dry Skin as a skin type. The main cause of dry skin is a lack of oil which means decreased sebaceous glands’ activity. The symptoms will normally include smaller pores, chronic itching, dryness, scaling and thinning. Dry skin can be a genetic condition or the result of an inappropriate skincare regime. People who suffer from dry skin, normally don’t suffer from acne.

Best Products:

Opt for rich, oil based creams and serums that nourish your skin instead of hydrating gels and water-based creams. It’s also better to cleanse your face with cleansing milk or hydrophilic oils than with gels and foams.

These are top My Beauty Insider picks for dry skin:



Dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water and can affect any type of skin including oily skin. The symptoms normally include larger pores, and your skin feels dry but some parts are still oily with occasional breakouts. It absorbs moisture very quickly so a good way to test if your skin is dehydrated, is by applying a moisturising face mask and seeing how quickly your skin absorbs it. Have you ever wondered why makeup artists love well-moisturized skin? This is because foundation tends to absorb moisture from your skin. Therefore, if your skin lacks moisture, your foundation will look cakey and patchy. So this is another way to determine whether your skin needs water.

Best Products:

The best treatment for dehydrated skin is from within. Water, Omega Supplements and correct nutrition are all essential for skin lacking moisture. And remember – sun and alcohol are not your friends! Chose topical products that contain hydrating ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid. No other biological substance can retain as much water as HA.

These are top My Beauty Insider picks for dehydrated skin:

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5

SkinCeuticals Moisturize Hydrating B5 Mask

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask



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I'm a London based beauty researcher who is continuously on the hunt for the preventative and corrective skincare products and treatments and award-winning spas around the globe.

  • leleu virginie says:

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  • Charlene G says:

    I agree that we have to change our skincare routine more often because the result is that your skin becomes immune to the products that you
    use and in the long run turns out ineffective.

  • Mikaella Clair says:

    I’ve honestly been struggling with dehydrated skin, probably because I barely drink water. And there are lots of factor to consider in buying skin care products. But just to be sure, visit a professional to know what’s good for your skin and what’s not.

  • Rain says:

    This is an awesome post and a very informative one. I admit that I myself make this confusion. Now that I’ve read it, I feel that I’d be more careful in choosing skin products to really suit what I need in certain areas of my body.

  • moondebi says:

    Now, I’m sure that my skin has got dehydrated as I consume less water. I thought that it has gone from oily to dry over the years. This article has helped me realize the actual fact. I have to act accordingly.

  • Hari Priya says:

    Great article. I have dry skin and it becomes worse during winter time. I usually use some of my local brands available in my place because of its temporary use. But this time I have decided to try a different brand and different product and see which will suit me. Having a different skin routine will help protect our skin from any environmental factors. Couldn’t agree with you more on this point. Awesome post my friend.

  • Mau says:

    I’m one of those people who thought dry and dehydrated skin are the same. I have oily skin and didn’t thought it was possible for it to be dehydrated. Thanks for the tips.

  • Shawn says:

    I have oily skin but after reading this I think I might have dehydrated skin. I will try to take omega supplements and see if it will give a difference on my skin condition.

  • Therese Marie Y. Baguio says:

    I would never have known the difference if it wasn’t for this post. Thanks a lot for this and the product references as well.

  • Denise Smith says:

    Yes, I agree with this post. Prior to reading this post, I went to a skin care clinic and was told that I suffer from skin dehydration because of my lifestyle. So, they advised me to drink lots of water and apply moisturizing hydrating mask. I’m so happy about this post because now I can choose which best brands to use. Thank you!

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