What is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?
Dry skin is a skin type while dehydrated skin is a condition someone experiences.
‘Dry skin has a lack of oil, or lipids. With dehydrated skin, there’s a lack of water in the stratum corneum, which is the top layer of the skin. You don’t need to have dry skin to have dehydrated skin. Oily skin and combination skin can be dehydrated as well’, says dermatologist Dr Haus.
Here are some characteristics to help you differentiate
- Feels rough
- Appears dry
- Can be flaky
- Looks dull
- Feels tight
- Shows fine lines or deep wrinkles
How do we rehydrate our dehydrated skin?
Firstly, drink plenty of water. You probably have heard this too many times, but the fact of the matter is that it really is true! In order to maintain the outside appearance of our skin, we first need to take care of what's on the inside.
Secondly, moisturise and moisturise some more! If your skin is dehydrated, naturally you would want to add moisture back into the skin. However, opt for something that is thicker than your average lotion with a higher oil concentration. It will definitely be harder to apply and feel a lot heavier on the skin but they’re much better at getting the job done.
It is also important to look for the right active ingredients like ceramides, lipids, hyaluronic acid and oats.
Ceramides and lipids help to restore the skin’s barrier by locking in moisture and preventing water loss from occurring. And fret not, these ingredients are not likely to cause blemishes or block pores. Oatmeal is an anti-inflammatory ingredient on top of providing hydration, hence soothing the skin. And lastly, hyaluronic acid helps to hydrate and soften the skin by holding water on top of the skin.
Sigi Skin’s Idyllic Fields with more than 70% oats will definitely be your go-to daytime moisturiser when treating dehydrated skin!