Is Your Skin Dry or Thirsty?
How often do you look at your skin and see flakes or tiny wrinkles due to dry skin? The first thing that we tend to do when this happens is slather on the greasiest cream we can find and hope that it our skin accepts like a peace offering. Before you reach pull out the big guns and hope it works, ask yourself a question. Is my skin dry or thirsty? It's possible that your skin may not require an uber emollient cream- especially if your skin is usually oily. It could very well be that all your skin needs is a refreshing drink of water—no, I’m serious. It can be as easy as giving your skin water and ingredients that will help it to retain water (one of the only times when we want to retain water). Your skin may simply be dehydrated.
Dry skin and dehydrated skin are close cousins but there is a definite difference between the two and knowing what they are could save time, money, and frustration trying to correct the issue!
The first thing to know is that dry skin is a “type” while dehydration is a “condition”. Basically what that means is dry skin is one of the basic skin types that is determined by genetics (as in normal, oily, …dry). Dry skin doesn’t create enough of its natural oil (aka sebum) to lock the moisture in so it is in a constant state of dryness. Dehydrated skin lacks water- it’s a condition caused by dry skin, medication, stress and even the environment. By the way, dehydrated skin can happen to all skin types- oily types that means you too!
Dry skin takes on different features than dehydrated skin so recognizing the differences just takes a little one on one time with you and your skin (you know how we are huge advocates of skin dating).
Here's what to look for in dry skin:
-Small fine flakes
Dehydrated skin causes:
Now that you know the difference, we'll show you awesome ingredients for treating dry skin!