Water is to the skin as is to the soil of a plant: essential to thoroughly moisturize a plant’s soil before fertilizing, to ensure uniform distribution of the fertilizer and avoid burning the plant’s roots. The same applies to the skin, the epidermis must be sufficiently moist before it is fed any active ingredients, otherwise, the treatment will produce no tangible results.
What’s the difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin?
Dry skin is a genetic skin type, while dehydrated skin is a temporary skin condition. A skin type is the skin you were born with and the way that your skin behaves, pretty much all the time, due to the genetic, makeup and hormones. A skin condition is usually a temporary concern and can be the result of outside influences, including weather, diet, stress, skincare products, allergies, etc.
Another distinction is that dry skin lacks oil, which means that it produces less than normal natural oil, therefore, the skin is dry. Dehydrated skin lacks water, which means that it has difficulty retaining water and moisture.
- Skin condition
- Inability to retain water
- Can affect all skin types, regardless of age or sex
- Skin can feel oily, yet dry in certain places
- Comes and goes, based on weather, diet, skincare products, etc.
- Skin type
- Sebum deficiency or insufficient lipid production
- Weak/diminished hydrolipid barrier, inability to protect the skin
- Often becomes sensitive
- Becomes more prominent with age