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Dry vs Dehydrated Skin: What's the Difference?

Woman with dry, dehydrated skin

If you ask a woman who has tight feeling skin, she'll quickly tell you that her skin is dry. After all, there are 5 different skin types:

  • Oily

  • Dry

  • Combination

  • Normal

  • Sensitive

It seems perfectly logical to think that. But consider this. Most women misdiagnose their skin type.

The culprit for that misdiagnosis is dehydration. Although not a skin type, dehydrated skin is the most common skin condition.

And it causes a lot of confusion!

So how do you know if you have dehydrated skin?

If you're applying thick, rich creams to your face or body and getting only temporary relief, then you do not have classic dry skin.

Dehydrated skin is most commonly caused by external factors like:

  • Pollution

  • Diet

  • Medications

  • Weather

  • Even over cleansing!

How Does Dry Skin Look Compared to Dehydrated Skin?

Woman in mirror with dry, dehydrated skin

Dry skin usually looks flaky or rough. It can also have patchy redness. ​​

And it responds extremely well to oils. That's because this skin type lacks natural oils of its own.

People with classic dry skin also have very small pores unlike those with a dehydrated skin condition.

Oils can actually help dry skin to breathe. It craves it!

At Jewell's Naturals, we have all natural skin care that strongly addresses this dry skin problem.

That's why we carry MÛN's Argan Oil. It's perfect for giving parched, itchy skin what it needs. Cold-pressed and hand processed from tree nuts, it's sourced from traditional producers in Morocco.

MÛN's Argan Oil

Rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants, MÛN's Argan Oil gives depleted arid skin the oils it needs to properly work, replenishing it beautifully.

The result is your skin regains its natural glow and beauty! And, because oils are exactly what it needs, skin stays happy and comfortable all day.

Makeup is so much easier to apply.

And your skin no longer looks dry and flaky because it has the lubrication it needs to do its job.

Skin will look smoother and younger, too! Use it on your face and your body.

Fatco Invigorating Body Butta

Another product we carry because we love it so much is Fatco Nourishing Baby Butta.

A Paleo-certified body moisturizer, it contains nutrient dense tallow from grass fed cows. Fatco then blends in natural plant-based oils and vitamins that are so necessary for skin health.

Ask to sample both of these wonderful products!

Can You have Dry Skin and Dehydrated Skin at the Same Time?


And dehydration occurs not only on your face, but your whole body!

On your face, dehydrated skin can appear alongside oily skin, oily, acneic skin, dry and sensitive skin.

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It also shares similar symptoms with dry skin, which is why so many women misdiagnose their skin type.

The main difference between the two is this:

Dry skin is asking for oil.

Dehydrated skin is asking for water.

Symptoms of dehydrated skin include:

  • Itchy

  • Tight

  • Sensitive

  • Dull

  • Flaky

  • Can have breakouts

  • Can be both oily and dry (at the same time!)

Frustrating and complicated, dehydrated skin is thirsty skin.

It wants water, not oil. That's why applying oil-based cremes won't alleviate symptoms.

If you've ever applied heavy cremes to your face and your body, only to feel uncomfortable minutes later, your skin is not dry!

Dry, Dehydrated or Both Infographic

Dehydration can also cause an increase in dead skin cells, which makes it very important to regularly exfoliate your skin.

Just like dry skin, these old cells will simply pile up, clogging pores and causing blackheads.

Worse, sebaceous glands may go into overdrive trying to make up for the lack of water.

Combining an overproduction of oil with dead skin cells, dirt, pollution, and any other particles, skin clogs, encouraging pimples.

That's why combination and oily skin types have a bit of a freak out, trying to figure out how to handle such a complicated problem. And rightly so!

Skin Care Mistakes with Thirsty Skin

Woman washing face

In a desperate attempt to correct the problem, combination and oily skin care types ​​​may try:

  • Washing skin more often

  • Using a cleanser made for treating acne

  • Using a heavier moisturizer on the areas that feel tight

Unfortunately, none of these treatments help. Instead, they can worsen the situation.

Using a mild cleanser is a better solution to help re-balance the skin. And, adding a serum for this thirsty skin condition is essential!

Facial Serums for Dehydrated Skin

Once you start using a serum to replenish what your skin is asking for, you simply won't believe how good it feels!

Botnia Hydrating Serum

So what exactly is the water-based ingredient that your skin craves?

It's called hyaluronic acid, (HA) a naturally occurring substance in your body.

HA is used in all kinds of treatments for the skin and joints because of its deep lubricating abilities.

For facial dehydration, Jewell's Naturals carries Botnia Skincare's Hydrating Serum because its packed with this necessary ingredient. Plus, it also contains vitamin B3 to deliver even deeper hydration.

Additionally, Hydrating Serum contains handcrafted hydrosols, or plant water, and a luxury dose of vitamins and minerals. That, in turn, promotes good health for the long term.

Hydrating Serum also helps the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It does this by binding water and plunging vitamins and minerals deep into your skin.

Ask to try a sample. You'll be amazed!

Whether your skin is dry, dehydrated, or both, give your skin what it's asking for and reap the benefits.

Stop by Jewell's Naturals and ask to sample any of these products. We're here to make your life easier!







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