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Dry Or Dehydrated? | How To Identify Your Skin Concern And How To Fix It

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 (and therefore is just your skin type), 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!

Dry Skin:

What you want to add to your routine is:

  • Increase your dietary intake of good fats (avocados, nuts, oilve oil, etc.)
  • Cleanse with a gentle cleanser that won't strip the surface of your skin of natural oils that seek to repair and replenish your skin.
  • Add a gentle exfoliant into your routine - 1-2 times weekly is recommended. The Botanic Rose Exfoliating Mask works perfectly to gently buff away dry, flaky skin.
  • Support your moisturiser with a nourishing facial oil. Always apply your facial oil after your moisturiser. Oils create a protective layer on the surface of the skin which can render products added after the oil ineffective - so always apply after your moisturiser. A high quality oil will help support dry skin and replenish your protective barrier to keep dry skin at bay! The Wonder Glow Revitalising Repair Oil is boosted with nourishing natural ingredients to provide quality support to the skin's natural protective barrier.
  • A spritz of the Rosewater Moisturising Mist throughout the day as a supplementary top-up to your skincare routine may help to keep dry skin under control.

Dry skin types will need to avoid:

  • Using harsh or foaming cleansers - as a general rule, any cleanser designed for acne or congested skin types will generally also strip the skin of natural oils. Opt for milky, cream or lotion cleansers instead (like this one).
  • Toners that leave your skin feeling taught and dry - they're not doing you any favours. Drying out the skin will not only worsen a dry skin type, it will also promote ageing of the skin.
  • Over-exfoliating. This is another way that your natural oils can be stripped from your skin. Exfoliating is generally a positive for the skin, however, we shouldn't be exfoliating with coarse exfoliants (if it kinda hurts - it's not helping) or exfoliating daily. Keep it to 1-2 times a week.
Dehydrated Skin:

What you want to add to your routine:

  • Increase your water intake. While only a fraction of the water that you drink will be able to replenish the cells, it all helps to flush out toxins via other organs to give the skin a break and will also help with hydration in time.
  • Eat nutrient rich foods and eat your water intake too! Think celery, watermelon, cucumber - all ways of adding nutrients and water into your diet.
  • Ensure you're cleansing effectively. Old makeup can not only dry-out and your skin, but it can create a barrier, blocking your effective products from getting to your skin and boosting the hydration in your skin. This can lead to product wastage and dehydrate your skin - so ensure that you're cleansing the base effectively. Double cleansing with a gentle cleanser like the Honey Rose Creme Cleanser is more effective than cleansing once with a harsh cleanser.
  • Support your skin with hyaluronic acid. Sounds harsh, but it's actually a naturally occurring chemical within the body and is one of the most renown hydrators in the skincare world. The Beauty Boost Hyaluronic Serum is a nutrient rich source of hyaluronic serum. Add the Beauty Boost Hyaluronic Serum after cleansing and toning. Follow with a supportive moisturiser.
  • Include a nourishing oil into your skincare routine. The skin can suffer dehydration through transepidermal water loss ("TEWL"). This is the process by which the water content in your skin is evaporated into the air. To avoid TEWL, we can lock hydration into our skin using a supportive moisturiser with nourishing oils (the Moisture Lock Perfecting Gel-Creme aims to do just that!) and supplement this with a supportive oil like the Wonder Glow Revitalising Repair Oil.
  • Try to supplement your skincare throughout the day with a hydrating spritz of Rosewater Moisturising Mist. It will provide an additional burst of hydration to really help you keep on top of those dehydrated days.

Dehydrated skin will need to avoid:

  • Avoid sugar! Sugar is no good for the skin, not only may it cause breakouts, but it can also contribute to dehydrated skin.
  • Avoid sleeping with your makeup on. Always cleanse away the day's makeup before bed as it can promote dehydration within the skin.
  • Avoid air-conditioning if possible, or pop a bowl of water in front of the air conditioner to increase the hydration content in the room.
  • Alcohol! Alcohol promotes an inflammatory response throughout the body and this is also visible on the skin. It also disrupts your body's regenerative cycle and promotes dehydration.

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