Does your skin feel tight, dull, itchy or sensitive? If you answered yes to one or all of these, then chances are that you are suffering from either dry or dehydrated skin. People often believe that “dry” and “dehydrated” are interchangeable, both names for flaky, dry skin. But the truth is they aren’t, and we’ll explain why.
Skin Type vs. Skin Condition
First off, there’s a difference between a skin type and a skin condition. Skin type is what you’re born with, such as oily skin caused by over productive sebaceous (oil) glands. A skin condition is caused by outside influences like diet, environment, stress or the use of the wrong products. Some examples of a skin condition would be psoriasis, eczema, rosacea or even pregnancy mask. It’s helpful to determine whether your dry skin stems from a skin condition (e.g. dehydration) or your skin type, because that will determine your treatment plan.
Dehydration falls into the skin condition category. This happens when your skin is lacking in water. This typically occurs during the cold, dry winter months. But poor diet, wrong makeup/skincare products and the environment could also be a factor. When the skin is dehydrated, the sebaceous glands produce even more oil in order to compensate for the lack of water. This can make the skin feel both oily and dry at the same time, which can cause irritation, breakouts and rough, dry patches to form.
The best way to treat dehydrated skin is to up your water intake, especially after working-out or spending time in the sun. Try to eat water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumbers and zucchini. Also, use the Vital C hydrating enzyme masque. The exfoliating enzymes will slough away the dead skin cells while injecting hydrating anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.
If you have dry skin type, then your sebaceous glands are not producing enough sebum (oil). It’s genetics, and it’s not just your face that is dry either, your skin is dry all over—hands, legs, scalp etc. Moisturizer is soaked up rather quickly when applied, making liquid makeup application very difficult.
Dry skin is more prone to premature aging, which is why you’ll want an oil-based product that will both moisturize and gently exfoliate. The Vital C hydrating anti-aging serum uses oil-soluble Vitamin C, as well as Vitamins A and E mixed with powerful anti-oxidants that will leave your skin looking healthy and hydrated.
Blog Post by Kerri O’Brien, Head Esthetician