Dry Vs. Dehydrated Skin: Is There A Difference?

Dry skin is often confused with dehydrated skin, but they’re not one and the same. In fact, dry skin can be well hydrated and dehydrated skin can still be dry. Although a lack of moisture may make dry skin appear even more flaky, dry skin is due to a lack of sebum in the epidermis (the top layer of your skin) that helps keep it hydrated. Dehydrated skin tends to have thickened stratum corneum (or outer layer) that prevents water from entering your epidermis so it becomes very dry and flaky upon contact with air.

What are the differences?

Dry skin feels tight, flaky and dull. Contrary to popular belief, dry skin is not caused by a lack of moisture. Instead, it's a type of skin rather than a particular condition. Dry skin occurs as a result of the skin not producing enough oil. This makes it more susceptible to irritants such as soaps and detergents, or to the environment (cold weather).

Dry skin...
Is a constant all year round but may be more prominent in winter months.
Can be visible on both the face and body.
Can also be dehydrated.

Dehydrated skin is a common problem that is caused by several factors. It can be from diet, weather, skincare routine or makeup application. Dehydration tends to be exacerbated by cold weather and can lead to excess oil production as an overdrive reaction to its thirsty state. This can often mean that skin feels oily and dry at the same time, which can make it confusing to take care of.

Dehydrated skin..
Can be expierenced by anyne regardless of skin type.
Can sometimes feels dry and oily simultaneously.
Can come and go depending on seasons and the environment.

Some ingredients to look for when tackling each issue are...

Dry skin: Plant oils e.g. Jojoba oil and shea butter.


Dehydrated skin: Aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and cucumber extract.

  • Boosting Face Tonic (200ml)


  • Ab:scent Super Serum



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