Dry or dehydrated skin? What's the difference? A blog by VW Skincare

Have I got dry skin, or is it dehydrated?

Sounds like a stupid question, right? But, whilst dry and dehydrated skin are often spoken together in the same context, there is a difference between the two.

Unless you’re told by an professional skincare expert what condition your skin is in, you could easily mistake your skin for being dry when it’s actually dehydrated.  In order to successfully treat your skin condition or skin type, you need to be sure which kind of issue you have.


What causes dry skin?


Dry skin is a skin type that lacks oil. This skin type is often genetic (thanks, Grandma!), but can also be contributed to by other factors such as ageing, incorrect product use and prolonged sun exposure (wear a super high SPF on your face, always. We love this one), causing your moisture levels to become unbalanced.

The symptoms of dry skin:


A lack of oil in the epidermis can cause your skin to become flaky, feel tight and sore, and become inflamed and sensitive, which can become extremely uncomfortably if not addressed.  A lack of oil (A.K.A sebum, for those who love the science behind skincare) in the skin also makes it easier for fine lines and wrinkles to appear.


So, how can I treat dry skin?


Dry skin needs ingredients that will ultra-hydrate, balancing your skin from within to restore moisture levels. AVOID any products that contain alcohol, mineral oils or artificial fragrances, as these will further strip your skin of moisture.


Look for ingredients to soothe and protect, as well as hydrate. Keep an eye out for organic ingredients, such as aloe vera to soothe inflammation, or green tea – a powerful anti-oxidant.  You need to persistently give your skin a drink with the correct skin care.  Ormedic Balancing Antioxidant Serum, Ormedic Balancing Gel Masque & Vital C Hydrating Repair Cream are our top picks to nourish, hydrate and replenish your skin from day-time assault. They’ve got the added bonus of containing anti-ageing properties for the skin, too!


What is dehydrated skin?


Dehydrated skins tend to lack moisture in the upper layers of the epidermis (the first 5 layers), but this tends to be a temporary condition. Again, your skin may feel tight, and fine lines may appear around the eyes if you do not keep them regularly hydrated with an eye cream.  Dehydrated skin can be minimised by making little changes to your skin care regimen.


How can I treat dehydrated skin?


Hyaluronic acid is a fantastic ingredient to quench thirsty skin.  Hydrating masques, like this one, used after exfoliation will help lock in and increase your moisture levels.  Ensure your moisturiser does keep you hydrated all day, keeping your skin supple whilst improving your skin’s texture.

If you regularly wear make-up, look for primers that help to hydrate too.  Dermalogica’s HydraBlur Primer will naturally give you a flawless complexion whilst addressing dry skin or dehydration.  The HydraBlur Primer will help your make-up last all day and lock in hydration levels whilst decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Our skin does change seasonally, so now would be a great time to book an appointment with your local skincare expert to have your skin analysed professionally. If you’re based in London, UK, you can book a consultation here at the VW Studio!

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