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Dry vs Dehydrated Skin - What’s the difference?

Dry vs Dehydrated Skin - What’s the difference?

So often, the terms “dry” and “dehydrated” are used concurrently when we talk skincare- but they’re actually two very different things.

Dry and dehydrated skin, while different, are not mutually exclusive. Where dry skin is classified as a “skin type,” characterised by a lack of sebum (the oil our skin produces naturally), dehydrated skin is actually a state of skin rather than a type, much like acne or sensitivity, characterised by a lack of water. Dehydrated skin can strike any skin type, be it dry, combination, or even oily.

The key to ensuring your skin is looking at it’s very best is to choose the right products for your skin. The first step? Establishing whether your skin is dry or if it is dehydrated.

How can you tell if you have dry skin?

Dry skin is a skin type, in the realm of oily skin, combination skin, or “normal” skin (“normal” being used to signify skin that is neither oily nor dry). Skin type can often be determined through a process of elimination or the “bare face” method. Around thirty minutes after cleansing (ensuring you’ve applied no other skincare products), examine your pores in the mirror. Enlarged pores and noticeable shine may indicate oily skin, invisible pores and flakey skin can indicate dry skin, and a combination of the two suggests a combination skin type.

A blotting test is a slightly more thorough way to establish your true skin type. At least thirty minutes after cleansing, gently pat a sheet of blotting paper (or a tissue) onto your skin (we recommend trying a few different areas of the face, as you may have a combination skin type), then hold the sheet up to the light. If you can see a significant amount of oil on the paper, you are likely have oily skin. If you pick up very little oil and your skin feels comfortable, your skin is “normal.” No oil and a tight, uncomfortable feeling? Chances are your skin is dry.

Hydration Range


Is your skin dehydrated?

Oily, combination, normal and dry skin types can all experience dehydration. While the symptoms of dehydrated skin are similar to those that indicate dry skin, there are a few important things to look for.

If your skin is feeling uncharacteristically tight and uncomfortable, you may be suffering from dehydration. If your complexion is appearing dull and almost sallow, dehydration may be the cause too. A telling sign is the appearance of fine lines. If your skin is showing visible signs of age, more so than usual (think fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles), there’s a high chance that your skin is dehydrated.

Still unsure? Try the pinch test. Gently pinch your skin, release, and watch how your skin reacts. If it bounces back immediately, your skin is hydrated. If it takes a moment for the skin to return to its regular state, you may be in need of moisture.

How to choose the right skincare products for your skin type

Given that dry skin lacks oil while dehydrated skin lacks water, it’s important to choose the right products for your skin type or state of skin if you wish to look and feel your best!

Dry skin types will benefit from skincare products that work to naturally restore the skin’s natural oil production levels. Natural Rosehip Oil, found in Sukin Natural’s Rosehip collection, is particularly good for dry skin as it feeds dry skin with essential fatty acids to maintain the overall appearance of the skin.

Those suffering from dehydrated skin will herald the arrival of Sukin’s new Hydration Range - a range that took upwards of two years to develop and trial! Redefining what is possible for natural skincare, the Sukin Hydration Range leaves the skin looking and feeling deeply hydrated for up to 72 hours after 4 weeks of use, thanks to a unique Bio-Marine Blend of intensely hydrating, natural ingredients - Maize Complex, Hyaluronic Acid and Sea Algae. After two weeks of use, clinical tests have revealed that the Sukin Hydration Range leaves previously-dehydrated skin looking and feeling 50% smoother and 50% less flakey.


We hope this was helpful!

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