Dry or Dehydrated | How to tell if your skin is dry or dehydrated

When treating your skin, your skin type or the skin concern you’re dealing with is the key to treating it correctly and getting the best results. In reality, your skin can be flaky, but quite hydrated (yes, really!).

But how do we know if our skin is dry or dehydrated - or both?

Dry Skin:
Often if your skin is feeling a little sensitive, a little red or has patches of flakiness and uneven skin tone - these are characteristics of dry skin. You may also notice that you have minimal or non-existent pores in areas of your skin. If your dry skin condition is the product of genetic inheritance, you’ll need to become a pro at treatment options - so pay close attention to how your skin reacts with weather changes, hormones, stress and variations in your nutrition.
Dehydrated Skin:
On the other hand, if your skin is a little dull, rough, feels a little tight and sensitive and you can see the formation of some fine lines across your skin - this is dehydration. Your skin may feel both flaky and oily at the same time - because unlike dry skin (which lacks in oil), dehydration is a result of a lack of water/hydration within the skin.
The key difference between dehydrated and dry skin types is water and oil - that is, dehydrated skin is lacking in water and dry skin is lacking in oil. So how do we treat dry and dehydrated skin types? With oil and water, of course!

The fix!

Dehydrated Skin:

One of the best things for dehydrated skin is to increase your water intake, reduce your sugar intake and use the right skincare products (!!). Make sure you cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser (morning and night) removing all make-up (make-up left on overnight can further dehydrate your skin). Use a hyaluronic serum (Beauty Boost Hyaluronic Serum is available here: Shop now) prior to applying your moisturiser and lock-in moisture with a facial oil (a slightly heavier moisturiser might also do the trick!). Hyaluronic acid has long been hailed as most beneficial for dehydrated skins as it holds up to 1,000 times its own weight in water - dramatically assisting in re-hydrating dehydrated skin types.

Dry Skin:
If you’re trying to combat dry skin, increase your intake of good fats (avocados, nuts, olive oil), use an oil-based foundation, cleanse with a gentle cleanser that will not strip your skin of its natural oils, avoid harsh toners and add a quality facial oil into your skincare routine. Apply facial oil after your moisturiser so that it locks in the beneficial properties of both the moisturiser and the facial oil itself. Facial oil is embalming and will help to do just that - preserve your beautiful face!

Aurae Skin’s Beauty Boost Hyaluronic Serum can assist with both dehydrated and dry skin types. The hyaluronic serum will provide an added hydration boost to dehydrated skin, while the serum forumlation will assist mositurisers rich in oils to penetrate deeper into your skin - replenishing oils and warding off dryness. Shop now

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