One of the most common questions our estheticians get is, "What is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin? And how do I know which one I have?"
The answer is actually very simple! It all boils down to hydration and moisturization.
Hydration, as many of us know, is the increase in something's water content. In relation to skincare, hydration refers to increasing the water content of your skin cells. Not only the secret to a healthy, smooth complexion, hydration also plumps fine lines and wrinkles, thus making the skin appear younger.
When skin cells lack water, we call this dehydrated skin. Even when properly moisturized, dehydrated skin tends to feel tight and appear dull. To increase the water content of your skin, we recommend using a hydrating serum before your moisturizer. In particular, choose a serum with water-binding ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, algae extract, and glycerin. These ingredients not only pull water deeper into the skin, but they also prevent water loss!
On the other hand, moisturization refers to an increase in something's oil content. The oil in our skin, also known as sebum, is vital in protecting, nourishing, and preventing premature aging in our skin. Those who have clogged pores or oily skin are likely experiencing an overproduction of sebum.
When skin cells lack sebum, we call this dry skin. Those with dry skin often experience roughness and flakey patches. To properly moisturize skin, we recommend honey, lanolin, and nourishing oils that can penetrate deep into the skin while still letting it breathe, such as carrot seed oil and jojoba oil.