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Dehydrated vs. dry skin


Even oily skin needs moisture. Learn the difference and keep yourself hydrated.

Do you know the difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin?

Anything that removes water from the skin contributes to dehydration, regardless of your skin type. The biggest culprits of dehydration in the summer include sun exposure, not drinking enough water during outdoor activities and long hours in air conditioning.

Since your skin is the primary defence from the environment – whether it’s sun, wind, heat, humidity or cold – it reacts not only to protect itself, but also to protect the rest of your body, explains Michelle D’Allaird, Master Skin Health Educator for ARTISTRY™.

We spoke with Michelle to learn more:

What’s the difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin?
Dehydrated skin is a skin “condition” caused from external influences such as the environment, medication and stress. It is a lack of water in the skin, not a lack of oil. Any skin type can get dehydrated.

Dry skin is a skin “type” that is lacking in natural lipids or oils. It is genetically influenced and can be improved, but not changed.

Can I have skin that is oily/combination and also dehydrated?
Absolutely. Combination skin is a skin type that is also influenced by external factors that cause dehydration.

What kind of test can I do to see if my skin is dehydrated or dry?
Gently push from the jawline, moving the surface of the skin upwards. If the skin appears “tissue-like”, it’s dehydrated.

How to take care of different skin problems

Dry skin
Use moisturising ingredients such as humectants, natural oils, omegas and ceramides, to name a few. You can find such ingredients in most ARTISTRY moisturisers.

Dehydrated skin condition – including dehydrated and oily
It’s tempting for oily skin sufferers to over cleanse and over exfoliate in their effort to reduce oil, but aggressive cleansing can actually further dehydrate your skin and trigger it to produce excess oil in response. Use a moisturiser that’s been created for your skin type (dry, combination or oily) and drink plenty of water. Stay tuned for a major release next month that can help take care of dehydrated skin!

Sunburnt skin
Sunburn cooks the upper layers of skin, similar to cooking a piece of chicken with the skin on, says Michelle. Sunburnt skin needs maximum, continuous hydration. Use multiple applications of a hydrating serum throughout the day and complement your nightly moisturiser with a few drops of ARTISTRY essentials Moisture Plus. And don’t forget frequent, thorough applications of SPF lotion next time you’re in the sun!

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