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  • Writer's pictureSkin Buffet

DRY skin or DEHYDRATED skin? There’s a Difference

Updated: Apr 14, 2021

Breaking news! Dehydrated skin can appear dry because it lacks water, while it's not the same as having dry skin where you lack natural oils.

So, how to differentiate the two and how do you address both?

Dry skin is a skin type. Your skin lacks oil because it produces less sebum than normal skin, and the lack of sebum means the skin is without the lipids it needs to retain moisture and to protect against external factors.


• Feels rough

• Appears dry

• Can be flaky

In contrast, dehydrated skin is a skin condition where your skin does not have enough water. Dehydration is caused by many external factors, but the most common are weather, environment, diet, and caffeine consumption, all of which can result because of lack of water content within the skin


• Looks dull and is sensitive

• Feels tight and rough

• Shows accelerated signs of aging, shows fine lines and wrinkling


Try to pinch your cheek. If the skin is wrinkling with gentle pressure instead of holding its shape, your skin is desperate for water. Dry skin, on the other hand, tends to be uncomfortable, flaky, and itchy.

Internal hydration is vital so drink your water sis.

Drink plenty of fluids, and eat water-rich fruits and vegetables and essential fatty acids.

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