What's the difference?
I was planning on writing a blog about how to apply and use moisturizers vs. serums on our skin, but realized the first step is knowing the type of skin you have to address and tackle your needs.
If you believe your skin is dehydrated there is usually a lack of water in the skin and it can appear dull and show signs of aging. Fine lines, loss of elasticity are just a few indicators that skin needs more daily moisture and nourishment.
Dry skin on the other hand isn't a water problem but rather your skin naturally lacking oils and lipids, making it look flaky and even scaly at times.
So how can you tell if your dehydrated or dry?
Try the Pinch Test - just pinch your cheek or the back of your hand and if it snaps back you're probably not dehydrated. But if it takes a few moments for the skin to bounce back, you may need more hydration. Honestly, your skin will naturally lose elasticity as you age so the accuracy of this test is questionable. \
But there are key ingredients you should be looking for in your skincare products to address your targeted needs:
For Dry Skin:
Shea or Mango Seed Butter
Sesame Seed Oil
Poppy Seed Oil
For Dehydrated Skin:
Zemea, a skin humectant
Remember, dehydrated skin needs additional water intake so including water-rich foods to your diet like cucumbers, strawberries, watermelon and celery can help keep skin looking it's best.