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DEHYDRATED vs. DRY SKIN - What's the Difference?

I started writing this blog to share the differences between moisturizers and serums (which comes first the chicken or the egg) but thought you first need to identify if you skin is dehydrated or dry.

Dehydrated Skin: There is usually a lack of water in your skin and it can appear dull and show signs of aging like fine lines as well as a loss of elasticity.

Dry Skin: Isn't a water problem, but more about your skin naturally lacking oils or lipids. It can appear flakey or scaly

Wondering which type of skin you have - try the pinch test. Literally just pinch your skin, either your cheek or the back of your hand and if it snaps back you're probably not dehydrated and could have dry skin. If it takes a few moments for your skin to bounce back you you may be dehydrated. But honestly your skin will naturally lose elasticity as you age so the accuracy of this test is totally questionable.

Skincare products for dry skin should could some of the following ingredients:

  • Shea or Mango Seed Butter

  • Sesame Oil

  • Glycerin

  • Coconut Oil

  • Olive Oil

  • Mafura Oil

  • Avocado Oil

  • Poppy Seed Oil

Good ingredient choices for dehydrated skin include:

  • Seaweed

  • Zemea, a skin humectant

  • Linoleic Acid

  • Aloe Vera

  • Orange Water

Remember, dehydrated skin can always benefit from additional water intake so even adding water-rich foods into your diet like strawberries, cucumbers, and celery can certainly help.

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