Hydration VS. Moisture

Hello! I have missed you all.

Today is going to be another beauty know-how blog about differentiating DRY and DEHYDRATED skin. It’s something most people get confused and I get questions about all the time which is understandable because they came from the same group of symptoms.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a skincare expert and most of the things I share through my blogs are based on researches and personal experience. What may work for me may not perfectly work for you but I try to study other skin conditions to share them with you. Always know your skin first and consult your skin specialist before trying products, also for better instructions and results.

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I was able to learn about these through a lot of research since I’ve struggled myself with both at various times. Honestly, it’s Japanese and Korean Skincare that helped me a lot on discovering mostly what’s right and wrong and that there’s such thing as skin dehydration not just dryness. I still am experiencing dryness and dehydration but it’s something I started to understand recently. With this, I know how to treat them personally and I’ve seen results how to combat it for long term results. I’ve talked about in my recent blog how I hydrate my skin with the “7 Skin Method”, one of many methods to normalize imbalanced skin.

I did struggle before thinking I have dry skin during specific days but actually I was just severely dehydrated. A lot of you with oily skin have been asking me how to treat them and just completely confused because you don’t understand why your pores are secreting oils but at the same time you have dry flaky upper skin.

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DEHYDRATED SKIN

Dehydration lacks water. Actually many people suffering from oily and acne-prone skin tend to be ones with the most dehydrated skin. This is because a lot of products that are SAID to be for oily skin mattifies the skin but it is actually stripping the oils of the skin or decongesting the skin which can rob it of water.

WAYS TO TEST HYDRATION

For me the telltale sign of whether my skin is not hydrated enough is the tightness. It just feels very tight in an uncomfortable way. But the minute I start using hydrating products. It just loosens up completely leaving it supple and soft and just full. I used to think it was dryness and I try to slather thick heavy creams on my face. There will still be tighness but it would just sort of greasy. Another way in which I identified my skin just needs a little more is when it feels and looks like a RAISIN than a GRAPE where it lacks so much volume.

If your skin is already oily then dehydration might actually lead to even more oil production. Meaning to say, you’re gonna have all this oil seeping out of your pores nut then at the same time, you are tight. In fact this is how the seven skin method was developed. It is a solution that deals mostly for oily skin and for people especially living in humid places (like Philippines) or during summer to moisturize the skin without having heaviness and congestion and even greasiness through out the day.

Causes of Dehydrated Skin

  • Lack of right product use
  • Over cleansing/exfoliating
  • Weather
  • In balance diet (too much caffeine/alcohol)

What are you looking for?

In lay man’s term, hydration is not just putting water into your skin but finding absorbing ingredients that could draw back water into your skin while keeping it locked in. These ingredients I am pertaining to are called “humectants”.

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You build layers of hydration and later on you’ll just see results. That’s when your skin is hydrated, sometimes you don’t need to do additional steps of even the 7 Step Korean Skincare Routine. Like for me, I just put  few layers of toner then a thin gel and sunscreen.

Tips!

You can read my previous blog on what’s the importance of ‘7 Skin Method’. This basically is one of the most effective ways to cure dehydration. Also adding up a humidifier can work wonders for this skin condition. While for extreme seasons like summer or winter or for just long days, mists can be a friendly remedy to relieve stress to your skin and replenish hydration lost through out the day.

DRY SKIN

Dry skin on the other hand is something most aging skin “think” their skin is and some “think” they will have when they age which is totally a different story. Dry skin to keep it short means that your skin is not great at producing sebum or oil. You’re lacking that natural barrier that’s keeping moisturized and balanced. In effect, it makes you more susceptible to sensitivity and inflammation which are the normal symptoms of it.

The key to addressing dry skin is to add oil to it to compensate what you lack in the first place. By adding an emollient rich layer, it’ll protect the skin further from further damage caused by the outside external stressors.

Causes of Dry Skin

  • Genetic
  • Premature aging
  • Over cleansing/exfoliating
  • Weather
  • Hot Showers
  • In balance diet (too much caffeine/alcohol)

What are you looking for?

Trying to have the perfect formula for your dry skin can make sure that everything is well anointed preventing moisture hydration from escaping. So if you’re gonna add up an oil to help up, I recommend products that are rich in fatty acids such as murula, argan, olive, macadamia and so on (I’ll try to make a seperate blog about product recommendations). If you’re not an oil user and felt that it’s too much, you can look for emollient rich moisturizers instead like shea butter, bees wax, honey, coconut oil derivatives, or products high with vitamin E.

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Tips!

Use cold cremes as they don’t strip off moisture from your skin. This is also applicable for dehydrated skin. Exfoliation, on the other hand is also one of the tricky part. You don’t need to remove them from your routine but avoid using harsh exfoliating tools suck as brushes or loofas or scratchy scrubs. Instead, use gentle products like peeling gels or products with chemical exfoliators instead with larger molecules so they won’t irritate easily such as lactic acid, AHAs or mendalic acids. They are just a few of the many ingredients you could use. Also, spacing out exfoliation and using of low percentage serums or toners can do the trick. Why? Because your skin won’t be overwhelmed and causing less irritation and inflammation.

So I hope that my love for sharing skincare knowledge made justice and gave you some idea about these two very tricky skin condition. I know it’s a little hard at first to understand but simply try to do more researches as well and get some further tips. By the end of the day, you’ll understand how specifically you could cater to your skin needs.

Til next time! ❤

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