We understand the frustration. Dry and dehydrated skin can pretty much look and feel the same. You may think "Does the difference even matter that much?" Well, to put it bluntly, YES! Addressing the two correctly can truly change your skin.
The main difference is one is a skin type and the other is a skin condition. Dry skin is a skin type, something you’re generally born with (but this can change due to external factors ie: the environment, aging, and extreme weather conditions). Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that any skin type can have. In fact, most people don’t realize their skin is dehydrated! Another major difference is in what the skin lacks. Dry skin types lack oil and dehydrated skin lacks water.
Here's the breakdown:
So, if you find that your skin is breaking out and also feels tight, dry, and temperamental in certain areas, then odds are your skin is dehydrated and is need of some extra nourishment. Remember, hydrated skin is super important because it can help your skin function properly. For example, it can help your skin lock in hydration better to help protect your complexion and combat acne/blemishes! You can get extra hydration with sheet masks, essences, toners, and serums! Don't forget to moisturize at the end as well!
If your skin type is dry, then you probably know the drill. Moisturize! Your skin lacks oil-moisture which means you want to gravitate towards rich creams that will help lock in hydration and nourishment. Don't forget to hydrate your skin with water-rich products as well! Your skin can definitely benefit from products like, milky essences, serums, milky/cream masks, sleeping masks, facial oil, and rich-creams!
We hope this helped you understand your skin a little bit more!
Thanks for reading and just keep glowing!