How to Tell if Your Skin is Dry or Dehydrated

Have you ever wondered if you have dry skin, or if your skin is just dehydrated? It can be tricky to tell the difference, which is why this week in the blog we are breaking down how to tell the difference between dry and dehydrated skin, as well as which products to use to help hydrate and moisturize your complexion!  

What is Dry Skin?

Dry skin is a skin type, such as having oily skin or combination skin. People who have dry skin do not produce enough oil to help keep their skin hydrated throughout the day, which results in dry, flaky skin. Dry skin can be caused by cold and dry temperatures or different skincare products that are not formulated for dry skin. 

What is Dehydrated Skin?

Dehydrated skin is similar to having dry skin, but dehydrated skin is temporary and can be treated. This skin concern means that your skin isn’t retaining enough water, which results in dry and flaky skin. Dehydrated skin can be caused by indoor heating and cooling, not drinking enough water, or weather changes outside.

How Can I Tell the Difference?

The easiest way to determine if you have dry or dehydrated skin is by using the “pinch test”! To do this, simply pinch your cheek for a few seconds, then let go. If your skin immediately bounces back, you most likely have dry skin. If your skin takes a few seconds to bounce back and leaves fine lines behind, you most likely have dehydrated skin.

Which Products Should I Use for Dry Skin?

If you have dry skin, properly exfoliating your skin 2-3 times a week is very important to help remove any dead skin on your face. We recommend using Joystick Exfoliating Deep Pore Clay Cleansing Stick to exfoliate dry skin before applying a moisturizer such as our 4-in-1 Cloud Cream Gel-to-Water Hydrating Essence Moisturizer or a leave-on treatment such as the Self Soothing Nourishing Probiotic Mask to help replenish hydration to the skin.

Which Products Should I Use for Dehydrated Skin?

If you have dehydrated skin, it is important that you regularly moisturize your skin to help keep your skin hydrated. Exfoliating 1-2 times a week with Joystick Exfoliating Deep Pore Clay Cleansing Stick can help remove dead skin before moisturizing with Tropical C Brightening Vitamin C & Peptide Moisturizer to hydrate skin without weighing it down throughout the day.

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