If you think dry and dehydrated skin are the same - think again


No, they are not the same thing. You can have oily skin that is dehydrated – this is often mistaken as a dry skin type and is treated in the wrong way! A true dry skin is missing lipids, the fatty acids in the surface layer of the skin that hold together the barrier. Dry skin is often struggling with lack of sebum and oil regulation and therefore often looks dull and flaky. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is lacking water. This will often look oilier than expected with a muted tone.


Dehydration is a lot more common than a true dry skin type. When it comes to hydration, first we must break through a waterproof layer of the skin by using a non-cream cleanser with a slight enzymatic exfoliating process. Even a cleanser with a salicylic or glycolic element will prepare the skin to receive the hydration that follows. iS Clinical's Warming Honey Cleanser is perfect for this as it includes exfoliating properties, as well as Cleansing Complex that includes salicylic acid!


Dehydration is often caused by a misuse of products as well as your environment. As a result of this, the skin produces excess oil to try to stop the little hydration it does have from escaping. Using products that are too harsh can slowly deplete the water levels in your skin – the first thing to do is to ensure you’re not using products with too much alcohol. We often use harsh products to help battle unwanted shine, thus creating a never-ending process.


The other main causes of dehydration are easy to avoid. Alcohol, smoking and drug use all dehydrated our skin quickly and effectively. Smoking depletes your skin’s capacity to hold onto hydration so quickly that you can often tell if someone is a smoker just by looking at their skin; smokers often suffer fine lines, wrinkles and an oily t-zone. Using a good Vitamin C product (eg. iS Clinical's Super Serum or Osmosis' Catalyst AC-11 Serum) with L-ascorbic acid will help combat the destruction of your skin’s internal function and will also help to build and maintain its water content. Having regular facial treatments will help speed up the infusion of hydrators into the skin, and these same techniques can be implemented into your skincare regime at home.


So, how do you repair the lipid barrier in a dry skin? First, we must consider why we have dry skin the first place. Dry skin can be caused by environmental factors including: improper product use, using products high in alcohol or benzo additives or use of certain oral medications for an extended period of time. Dry skin is also often linked to internal mineral deficiencies. Treating a true dry skin can be a multi-faceted process, not only using good quality external hydrators but also assessing the internal functions of the body, implementing dietary supplements like eating more fatty acids, almonds, avocados and fatty fish will all aid you skin from within.


If you suffer from dry skin, avoid gel cleansers and choose a good quality cream cleanser, such as iS Clinical’s Cream Cleanser – something with vitamin E and glycerin will immediately sooth the surface layers of you skin and help to restore the lipid barrier. Implement a good serum into your skincare routine (such as iS Clinical’s Poly-Vitamin Serum or Osmosis’ Renew Serum) that includes hyaluronic acid to help fill the skins natural water levels; this will also help the skin hold on to lipids. A vitamin or antioxidant serum will do absolute wonders as well as help the skin function internally as best as it can!


Purchase any serums and cleansers to improve your dry or dehydrated skin from shop.dermoi.com! Alternatively, if you’re still unsure of whether your skin is dry or just dehydrated, send us a DM on Instagram (@dermoifacials) or email us at support@dermoi.com for advice!


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