Not sure whether your skin is dehydrated or dry? We’ve got the lowdown on the differences between the two and the easy regime to restore softness and radiance to skin
If you have dry skin you’ll know the symptoms well – rough to the touch, uncomfortably tight after cleansing and feeling like makeup doesn’t ‘sit right’ even after applying layers of moisturiser.
Dehydrated skin, by contrast, isn’t quite as easy to recognise – especially if you have shine-prone skin, as many people might not realise that oily skin can indeed lack much-needed moisture.
‘Dry skin is a skin type – just like combination or oily skin – and is the result of having fewer oil-producing glands on the face,’ explains TONIC15 founder Jin Kwon. ‘By contrast, dehydrated skin is a temporary skin condition and is characterised by a lack of water in the skin cells.’
‘People with oily, blemish-prone complexions can still have dehydrated skin but because the face feels oily or shiny, are less likely to recognise their skin is dehydrated and their routine needs to be adjusted,’ adds Jin. ‘It might also come as a surprise that skin can also be dry and dehydrated at the same time.’