Although “dry” and “dehydrated” are often used interchangeably to describe the same skin condition, there is actually a significant difference between the two terms and how to treat each one. So, if your skin is truly dry, it will require a slightly different approach to improving its look and feel than it might if it were dehydrated instead. Read on to learn more about how these two terms differ and why that difference is so important to understand when caring for your skin.
Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin
The primary difference between dry and dehydrated skin has to do with the substance that is most lacking. Skin becomes dry when it is not producing enough lipid (oil) content. This is why people with dry skin often notice flaking, itchiness, and a dull, lackluster complexion. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, occurs when there is not enough moisture content in the skin. This can happen for a number of reasons, including drinking alcohol, overexposure to the sun, changes in weather, a weakened skin barrier, and using the wrong skin care products. If your skin is dehydrated rather than dry, you may notice more pronounced lines, wrinkles, and sagging, as well as the inability of your skin to “snap” back into place when pinched.
How to Improve Dry Skin
For most people, dry skin is a genetic skin type, unlike dehydrated skin, which is a condition. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone with this skin type is destined to be dry and flaky. Likewise, if your skin is dehydrated and therefore out of balance and appears to be more wrinkled than usual, there are steps you can take to improve your skin’s condition. First, let’s talk about improving dry skin. Since dry skin isn’t producing enough natural lipids, your treatment approach needs to rebalance the skin’s natural oil production, as well as help to protect against irritation that could strip away the lipid content that it does have. To do this, take a look at your current skin care routine. If you’re using products that contain harsh ingredients like certain chemical exfoliants and alcohols, foaming agents, and preservatives, you could be contributing to signs of dry skin without realizing it . Instead, switch to gentler products that contain a blend of amino acids to help rebalance oil content without causing irritation and dryness. Be sure to moisturize your skin frequently throughout the day with an amino acid based moisturizer to maintain the right balance of lipids within the skin.
How to Improve Dehydrated Skin
When it comes to dealing with dehydrated skin, you need to help your skin hold onto its water content more effectively. While drinking enough water is important, this alone isn’t enough to up the moisture content of your skin. That’s because your skin is the last organ to receive the water that you drink, so it may not be getting as much as you think . Additionally, if your skin barrier is damaged or weak, any water content that your skin does have can more easily escape into the atmosphere. In order to repair your skin’s barrier function and thus help it to retain more water to stay hydrated, you need to supply it with the nutrients that are contained in its natural moisturizing factor, or NMF . Because NMF is comprised primarily of amino acids, using topical products that have been formulated with the right combination of single, bioavailable amino acids can help to improve the function of your skin’s natural protective barrier. That way, your skin will be able to hold onto more moisture, while also more effectively keeping pollutants and irritants locked out.
Understanding the difference between dry and dehydrated skin can help you to pinpoint what it is that your skin may be lacking, whether oil or water, and then create a skin care routine that will help to address that specific problem. If you found this article interesting and would like to learn more about amino acids in skin care, and to receive exclusive deals and offers on AminoGenesis products, sign up today to become an AminoGenesis Insider!