Here’s How To Tell If Your Skin Is Dry Or Just Dehydrated

There’s a big difference between dry and dehydrated skin, yet both tend to feel the same—just plain dry. However, when your skin feels dry you may actually just be dehydrated and in need of water. Dryness refers to a skin type, while dehydration refers to a skin condition.

If you have a dry skin type, it implies you’re lacking oil. You were born this way, and you’re dry wherever else on your body, including hands, scalp, and legs. When you put on moisturizers and lotions, odds are they absorb decently fast. If you have a dehydrated skin condition, your skin is lacking water. This can be caused by a number of factors including makeup, diet, incorrect product use, or even weather.

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However, you can be oily and dehydrated as well. In fact, your sleek skin is presumably more oily than it otherwise would be because it is dehydrated. Dehydrated skin needs water, so when oily skin is dry it delivers more oil in an attempt to self correct. This can obviously prompt breakouts and inflamed blemishes. 

Drink water

It might seem obvious, but it’s important to mention that drinking water is important. Drink plenty of fluids, and eat water-rich fruits and vegetables and essential fatty acids. Starting the day off with a green juice made of celery, spinach, and cucumber, for example.


As dead skin builds up, it can diminish the absorption of moisturizers. Experts recommend exfoliating at least once a week to remove dead skin cells, which will allow your moisturizer to work better.

Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub (RM 65.00)

Wear serum

To hydrate the skin, aim for serums and apply these before any moisturiser. Serums are not moisturizers and vice-versa. Experts recommend finding a serum with hyaluronic acid. Related article: Salicylic Vs Hyaluronic: Which Acid Is Suitable For Your Skin?

Skin Inc Hyaluronic Acid Serum (RM 117.60)