Dry Skin vs. Dehydrated Skin: What’s the Difference?

What’s the Difference between Dry and Dehydrated Skin?

By Ysabel Vitangcol on August 24, 2023

Maintaining healthy skin is a common goal for many, but with various skin types and concerns, it’s crucial to understand the distinctions between different skin issues. Many are often confused between “dry” and “dehydrated” skin – both conditions can lead to discomfort and skin-related problems, but they have different underlying causes and require specific remedies for effective treatment. So how can you differentiate between the two, and what are good remedies for these? Read on to find out!

What characterizes dry skin?

Dry skin is a skin type, right along with ‘normal,’ ‘oily,’ ‘sensitive,’ and ‘combination.’ It’s a skin type influenced by genetics and tends to be a long-term skin condition. It’s when your sebaceous (aka oil-producing) glands aren’t as active as they should be, leaving your skin wanting in terms of moisture and hydration. That means no matter the weather or external circumstances, your skin tends to be itchy, flaky, rough to the touch, and sometimes even irritated and red.

What characterizes dehydrated skin?

Meanwhile, dehydrated skin is a condition that can be caused by factors such as the weather, your water intake, and more. It can also result from poor sleep hygiene, which means dehydrated skin also shows up in ways dry skin doesn’t: dark undereye circles, your face looking gloomier and more ‘shadowed,’ and more prominent fine lines and wrinkles. A condition that can affect any skin type, including oily skin, even excessive sun exposure and air conditioning can dehydrate your skin. Because dehydrated skin is a condition, not a skin type, you won’t have to suffer from it forever—short-term lifestyle changes are usually enough to get your skin back to normal.

The main difference between the two? Dehydrated skin lacks water, whereas dry skin lacks oil.

Because dehydrated skin is a condition, not a skin type, you won’t have to suffer from it forever—short-term lifestyle changes are usually enough to get your skin back to normal. 

What can I do to avoid both dry and dehydrated skin?

Understanding the difference between dry and dehydrated skin is essential for proper skincare and effective treatment. By identifying the underlying cause of your skin concern and implementing the appropriate remedies, you can achieve a healthier and more radiant complexion!

Use the right ingredients. For both dry and dehydrated skin, exfoliants like glycolic and salicylic acid might exacerbate your condition. Instead, look for hydration-boosting ingredients like hyaluronic acid, snail mucin, and more.

  • Belo Prescriptives Tint of Green (TOG) Soapideal for dry and sensitive skin, it effectively cleanses and moisturises. Ingredients include stearic acid (a fatty acid that fills in the cracks on a dry and dehydrated skin surface) and vegetable oil, (known to contain phytochemicals and nutrients that help moisturize, protect and strengthen your skin).
  • ZO Hydrating Cleanser 200MLa dual-action cleanser great for normal to dry skin, helps minimise dryness and irritation for sensitive skin
  • FillMed Hydra-Boostercan hold up to 1000 times its weight in water within cells, a booster serum scientifically proven to improve skin hydration and radiance

Drink a ton of water. We know, we know, you’ve heard this before. But water intake plays a big role in helping dehydrated skin return to normal. And no matter your skin type, Dr. Vicki Belo recommends that you drink 10 glasses of water a day.

Moisturize your body. Dr. Belo may not approve of moisturizer on your face, but because your body has less oil glands, it definitely needs to be moisturized. This whitening and firming lotion is a fantastic hydrator, too!

Try out Profhilo®! A beauty booster that contains low and high weight hyaluronic acid, Belo Profhilo® is injected only in a few points of the face to not just hydrate and moisturise your skin, but also lift its sagginess, target the fine lines and slow down ageing. Some of our Belo babies who’ve tried it are Phoemela Baranda and Vern Enciso-Lim!

Go for an Enhanced Placenta Anti Aging Drip. This drip is a water-soluble extract of human placenta able to boost hydration levels, collagen synthesis, elasticity and more! 

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