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Dry Skin vs. Dehydrated Skin: How to Spot the Difference

“Do I have dry or dehydrated skin?”. This is one of the most common questions people ask, skincare junkie or not. Many are still confused as these two words are often interchanged but dry and dehydrated skin are not the same. Spotting the difference between the two might be difficult as they tend to feel or look the same, however, this would help you figure out the correct skincare ingredients or products that could help you achieve a good skin day (and beyond that) that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. 

What is Dry Skin?

Dry skin is a skin type and is inherited by genetics. You were born with this and usually, other parts of your body are also dry due to inadequate sebum production so your skin lacks moisture and is prone to premature skin aging. If you’re noticing a flaky or scaly skin appearance and redness or irritation that gets worse during cold and dry weather, most likely, you have a dry skin type. According to Dr. Chaturvedi, a dermatologist, people with dry skin don't have an effective protective barrier on the surface to prevent water loss from the skin. Because this is hereditary, you can’t fix it but you can improve your skin’s appearance by using the correct skincare regimen. People with dry skin need to keep their skin moisturized and look for products that can help lock in moisture. Invest in non-stripping facial cleansers, anti-aging serums, cream-based moisturizers, and facial oils. 

Your Wildleaf must-have: The Essential Trio. The Vitamin C Serum helps improve skin’s elasticity and prevent premature skin aging, the Hibiscus Face Cream is a moisturizer and acts as a protective barrier for your skin while the Herbal Facial Oil will help lock in skin’s moisture. With constant use, this trio would help restore vital moisture and suppleness to dry and flaky skin while addressing signs of aging, sun damage, and environmental assault.

What is Dehydrated Skin?

Unlike dry skin, dehydrated skin is not a skin type but a skin condition where your skin is lacking water and can happen to anyone regardless of the skin type. It is usually caused by external factors such as the weather, food intake, and skincare products. People with dehydrated skin usually have a dull complexion and show premature signs of aging (fine lines and wrinkles, dark under-eye circles, etc). The best way to figure out if you have dehydrated skin is to do the Pinch Test. This is done by pinching a small amount of your skin and holding it for a few seconds. If your skin snaps back quickly, you’re likely not dehydrated but if it takes a few moments to snap back, you’re likely dehydrated. Dehydrated skin can be managed by a few lifestyle modifications. Oral hydration, a water-rich food diet, regular exercise, and getting plenty of sleep are all important. Adding skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid in your routine and keeping a water-based hydrating toner handy will also do the trick. 

Your Wildleaf must-have: Vitamin C Serum and Botanical Toner. Wildleaf’s Vitamin C Serum is the perfect anti-aging regimen that’s packed with antioxidants including hyaluronic acid that helps boost skin’s moisture levels and plump up the skin to give it a healthy glow while the Botanical Toner is a pick-me-up mist that helps tone, soften and hydrate the skin. 

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