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08/05/2013 - Features

Dry skin VS dehydrated skin

It is very common to feel tightness in the skin and we often think of dryness as the only cause for this condition. In many cases, this diagnosis is wrong.

It is very common to feel tightness in the skin and we often think of dryness as the only cause for this condition. In many cases, this diagnosis is wrong. Here are a few indications to help you distinguish between dry and dehydrated skin.

Dehydrated skin is a dermal condition which implies that the skin needs water. Whether you have normal, dry, mixed or oily skin, certain environmental factors (temperature variations, wind, pollution, sun) or even certain products (soap) can weaken the outer layer and contribute to excessive dehydration of your skin.

Generally speaking, dehydrated skin is identified by its dullness. Certain areas of the skin will be rugged, rough to the touch, show fine lines of dehydration and lack elasticity. These uncomfortable symptoms are temporary and may be appeased with the application of a moisturizing and UV protecting cream, since UV rays further attack the skin.

On the other hand, dry skin lacks oil. The cause of dry skin is internal and is aggravated by aforementioned environmental factors. Because the skin cannot secrete enough lipids (oil), it cannot effectively protect itself against external attacks nor maintain its natural moisture.

 

If your skin feels tight every day, if you have fine and delicate skin, if you are prone to redness or scabbing, you probably have dry skin. The care you need may vary according to the cause of your dry skin. In all cases, to restore your skin’s comfort, it is important to apply a rich, nourishing cream.

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