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Is Your Skin Dry or Dehydrated?

Is Your Skin Dry or Dehydrated?

Skin is generally classified as being dry, oily or combination.

We don’t often think about it, but there is a difference between dry and dehydrated skin: dry skin lacks oil, while dehydrated skin lacks moisture.

Both oil and moisture are important for maintaining skin balance. The lack of either can cause skin to look sallow and age faster. Dehydration causes dry skin to look more wrinkled, too.

Common causes of dry skin are: genetics and hormonal make-up.

Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, occurs when diet is poor, your water intake is inadequate, the climate you live in is dry, or you are using harsh chemical-laden skincare products. Stress is another major aggravating factor.

The good news: both dry and dehydrated skin can benefit tremendously from some simple home care. Here are 5 tips which, if followed regularly, can take your skin from rundown to radiant:

  • Do not use hot water in your shower or bath–it strips natural oils from the skin, causing it to be even drier and more dehydrated. Enjoy a comforting warm-water soak by all means.
  • Start drinking more water. It helps skin cells regenerate.
  • Exfoliate more often: help the skin shed dead cells and renew itself.
  • Use a humidifier in your home. Central heating keeps you warm but also takes away moisture from the air, leaving skin dry and irritated.
  • Double up on hydration by using a facial oil under your moisturizer.


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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4:29AM PDT on Jul 13, 2015

Nobody can survive without water; treasure it

12:39PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

I will do my best to follow these tips more. Thank you for differentiating between dry and dehydrated skin. I'm getting a glass of water right now. I'm thirsty.

9:33AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

My skin is very dry. I should have stocks in a lotion company since I use so much!
I never use HOT water (I don't like being burnt)!
I guess I could drink more water - I only drink 4 - 8 oz. glasses a day.
We have a dehumidifier on our furnace to cut down on static. I don't see that it's helping my skin much!
I will look for a facial oil next time I am shopping!
I'm not sure how to Exfoliate. I thought that was a given when you scrub down in the shower!
Thanks for the info!

12:38AM PST on Feb 11, 2014


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6:39AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

Thank you

9:23PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

My skin does need help, I drink lots of water but it's not helping my dryness. Thanks.

5:14PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

I have normal and then extra dry skin. No oils ...
I do drink a ton of water and lotions daily but this winter has taken the worst tole (spelling?) on me. I'm diabetic so I didn't need the dry skin. Some is still normal but this is the worst winter. I do not take hot hot showers. Lotion you need to put on immediately . Pat dry.Don't rub. Do the best you can . The only thing I don't use is facial cream. Too sensitive to.

3:21PM PST on Feb 3, 2014

As time goes by I'm drying out like a old husk.

3:56AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

Thank you

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