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Dry Vs. Dehydrated Skin: Yep, There's A Difference. Here's What To Know
Dry and dehydrated skin display many of the same tell-tale signs, so it’s easy to get them confused. Knowing the difference between the two can help you properly treat the issue.
Dehydrated skin lacks water, while dry skin doesn't produce enough sebum, and the lack of oil leads to the skin not being able to maintain the moisture it absorbs.
Common signs of dry skin include flaking, peeling, tightness, fine lines, roughness, and even eczema. People with dry skin may notice it gets worse when the weather is hot and dry.
To help dry skin, opt for nourishing creams, oils, and non-comedogenic products, avoid cleansers that strip away natural oils, and always wear SPF when going outside.
Like with dry skin, dehydrated skin can feel itchy and reveal fine lines. With dehydrated skin, you may also notice a dull, uneven complexion, dry mouth, and light-headedness.
Anyone who doesn't drink enough water can develop dehydrated skin. To help combat it, drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and reduce caffeine and alcohol consumption.