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Dry Skin Vs Dehydrated Skin: Understanding The Causes & Different Forms Of Regimens To Treat Them

Skin care for dry skin includes face cleansers, exfoliators, and face oils to give you a boost of hydration. This is a skin type that you are born with, so a regimen helps control the dryness. On the other hand, when your skin lacks water or hydration, it is the condition of dehydrated skin. If you’re wondering how to treat dehydrated skin, we have the answer. Face mists, serums, drinkable liquids, and moisturisers.

Dry or dehydrated? – Same, but different

You may have heard of one of these words, outside of the world of skin care. Dehydration is what we experience when our body lacks the required amount of water it needs. Similarly, our skin feels this pinch of dehydration too! It’s when the required amount of water or moisture does not reach the skin cells. Dry skin, a skin type that some of us are born with, and some of us experience during harsh winters, can be equally frustrating! Dryness takes over when the skin’s glands do not secrete enough sebum to build the walls of protection your skin needs. It is when your skin lacks the required oils. To help you see how they feel, both make your skin very tight, dull, flaky, and itchy – not fun, right? Let’s go deeper and see how these can be diagnosed, treated, and transformed into healthier skin for you.

What is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin? What are the symptoms and major causes for each?

To understand how you can plan skin care for dehydrated skin and how to care for dry skin, let’s dive into dry skin causes and dehydrated skin causes first.

Dry skin causes, symptoms

Dehydration skin causes, symptoms

Dullness, greying, fine lines, redness, uneven texture, in a skin type

Possible acne, less elastic skin, less bouncy skin, exaggerated lines, in a skin condition

Caused because of product choices or lifestyle choices, or the winter cold

Largely caused because of lifestyle choices, and during the summer’s hot months

Your skin’s sebaceous glands are unable to secrete enough sebum or moisture, which means the skin’s barriers are weakened

Dehydration is the lack of water in your body, and your skin faces it when it produces more oil to compensate for the lack of hydration

Lacks lipids, it is genetic, skin and scalp feel dry, is constant and more in winter, can also be dehydrated

Lacks water, a treatable condition that can come and go, can feel oily, experience through breakouts


Differences in treatments for dry and dehydrated skin

To heal dry skin and tackle dehydrated skin, there are two ways to go about it – hydration and moisturisation. Are both treatments suitable for both, the skin type and skin condition? Using both does make your skin look and feel amazing. The terms  ‘dry’ and ‘dehydrated’ may be used interchangeably but they do not necessarily mean the same thing. Which is why the solutions or treatments for both phenomena are different. Read on to see how each of them are advised to be treated.

How to treat dry skin?

You can soothe dry skin with essential oils, which also helps the required natural oil content to be secreted by the glands. Bathing in lukewarm water is another way to avoid your skin from getting stripped off its rich oils. For a quick fix, emollient-rich moisturisers can make your skin soft, supple, and smooth, relieving you of the itchiness and dry flakiness. If you’re wondering how to treat dry skin with the right products, in the right ways, scroll further and take your pick.

How to treat dehydrated skin?

Dehydration is largely a result of poor lifestyle choices! Summer is the season where you can expect to experience this skin condition. The first and most important treatment is to hydrate yourself – drink more water. Moisturise your skin with a cream or serum, which is rich in hyaluronic acid. Prevent any further moisture or water loss by using mild cleansers and apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the UV rays of the sun. Confused on how to treat dehydrated skin? No problem at all – we’ve got you!

How to treat dry / dehydrated skin?

Skin care for dry skin

Dry skin treatment:

Regular exfoliation: Exfoliation is important for dry or flaky skin. Avoid mechanical exfoliation on dry skin, because the process is drying, and it can lead to microtears. Go for natural products to exfoliate your skin, for better results.

Face cleansers: Using a light, natural, and goodness-infused formulation in your face cleanser is the best way to go about this. Try the Coco Soul Face Wash is crafted with ancient Ayurvedic wisdom, the goodness of Virgin King Coconut Oil, and the magic of Gotukala and Neem! It cleanses dirt and other impurities from your face without making it dry, thereby revitalising the natural oil content in your dry skin and softening it.

Face oil: This is great way to lock in the moisture required to strengthen your skin’s barrier. Have you tried the Coco Soul Baby Masaage Oil? It may be just the nourishment your dry skin needs! While it softly moisturises and smoothens your skin, it is 100% pure, all natural, and loaded with ancient Ayurvedic healing properties.

Skin care for dehydrated skin

Hyaluronic acid: This is a type of humectant, an ingredient, which can draw water to your skin cells. Choosing products with this miracle ingredient may just make all the difference!

Face mist or serum: When the summer sun sets in, your body and skin start to lose the optimal amount of hydration. Who wouldn’t want a quick spray of freshness in misty water? A face mist or serum are the ideal go-to products for a boost of hydration.

The Coco Soul Face Cleanser is a complimenting fit – This natural face wash is your skin’s new best friend, which cleanses out dirt without making your skin dry. The ayurvedic properties revitalizes your facial skin by giving it a fresh and radiant look.

Moisturiser: Whether your skin type is oily, dry or combination, if your skin is dehydrated, a moisturiser is the best way to deal with it. 

Lifestyle changes: First things first – if you smoke or drink alcohol, stop smoking and drink in moderation. Next step is to say goodbye to coffee and other sources of caffeine, they are the primary dehydrators for your body. Most important step is to exercise – regularly – and drink a good amount of water during and fluids after you work out. Last but not the least, a good night’s rest and a plant-based diet are changes that will not only improve your skin, but your overall body health too.

Frequently Asked Questions on Dehydrated and Dry Skin (FAQs)

    1. How can you tell the difference between dehydrated and dry skin?

      A pinch test in the comfort of your home is the best way to tell the difference. Pinch a small part of your skin on your cheek or the back of your hand and hold for a few seconds. If the skin takes some time to snap back and out of your fingers, then it is dehydrated skin. If it happens instantly, your skin is not dehydrated. Dry skin, on the other hand, makes your skin just feel dry.

    2. Does flaky skin mean dry or dehydrated?

      As you now know dry skin is a skin type and dehydrated skin, a temporary skin condition, does flaky skin count as a symptom for both? Yes, ideally it does. Dry skin is often a symptom of dehydration. If dry skin is your concern, the tips of skin care for dry skin can guide you on how to treat dry skin.

    3. How do I know if my skin needs hydration vs moisture?

      It is extremely simple, once you have identified the issue you are facing. If it is your skin type which is dry or you are facing a period of dry skin, your skin is lacking the natural oils giving it moisture. You need a moisturiser for dry skin treatment. On the other hand, if your skin is lacking water then it is dehydrated, and you require hydration in the form of a face wash or mist.


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