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.


6 Natural Cures for Dry Skin


Craifa C.
Craifa C3 years ago

I want to give my special thanks to you; very first time I have got such type of blog that has described everything perfectly. Vine Vera

Fi T.
Past Member 3 years ago

Nobody can survive without water; treasure it

Bea W.
Bea Wilson4 years ago

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.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe4 years ago

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!

Michael A.
Michael A4 years ago


Claudia V.
Claudia V4 years ago


Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobets4 years ago

Thank you

Sandy Crute
Sandy Crute4 years ago

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

PrimaSICK B.
PrimaAWAY B4 years ago

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.

Katie K.
Katie K4 years ago

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