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The difference between dry and dehydrated skin

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Skin is the biggest organ in the human body, and we know treating it right isn’t always easy. Treatment starts with education; understanding more about your skin is the key to proper care and maintenance. One common misconception that hinders this education is that dehydrated skin and dry skin are the same when, in fact, they are very different.

The difference
To the untrained eye, they may appear the same, but there are crucial differences to dry and dehydrated skin. Fundamentally, the science behind dehydrated skin is as it sounds: the skin is not holding and retaining enough water. Even supple and oily skin types can experience this temporary condition. Dry skin, however, is a lack of oil within the skin, which occurs as the lipid barrier weakens. This is a much more common, and often permanent, ailment, especially common as we grow older.

Identifying your issue
Dehydrated skin appears dull, rough, sensitive and creates fine lines and a scaly texture over time. Deep wrinkles and accelerated ageing can occur with dehydrated skin, so it’s important to rectify it as soon as possible. Common signs of dry skin are itchiness, redness and flaking. If your skin feels tight, thin and you can’t stop itching, you’ve probably got dry skin.

What you can do
For both conditions, considering your health and your lifestyle choices is an essential step towards your quest for healthy, supple skin. Take a look at our blog on bad habits that are affecting your skin for an insight into what to consider. Beyond that, you need a moisturiser that provides relief and protection. O’Keeffe’s products are specially formulated to not only moisturise and nourish dry, cracked skin but to create a protective barrier to lock in and retain that moisture, for long-lasting effectiveness. Browse our range here.

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