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Dry skin and dehydrated skin… we often use these terms interchangeably. But we shouldn’t, because they are two distinct conditions that require different types of care. Read on and you’ll find out how to tell the difference so you can choose the right products and the right steps in your beauty routine to deal with your specific issue.
Like the words “oily” or “normal,” the word “dry” is an adjective that qualifies a type of skin. Dry skin produces an insufficient quantity of sebum, the natural oil produced by our bodies to help protect against bacteria and external aggression.
Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, lacks water, not sebum. This type of condition is caused by temporary factors, like exposure to pollution or UV rays, heating, hormonal changes, inappropriate skin-care routines, poor hygiene, diet, etc. Anyone can have dehydrated skin, even someone with oily skin!
While the appearance of dry and dehydrated skin can be quite similar (one more reason the two conditions are often confused) there are a few ways to distinguish the two.
For dry skin, you want comfort and suppleness, so you should turn to emollient creams, rich in reparative ingredients and fatty acids. You also want a gentle formula so you can cleanse with it morning and night. Make sure you have a mask on hand and exfoliate at least once a week. By getting rid of the dead skin cells, you’ll make your skin more receptive to care products and you’ll regain lost radiance.
Rich, ultra-nourishing balm texture for very dry skin. Very dry to extra dry skin. Paraben-free.
A refill of thermal water for an intensely and durably hydrated skin. Its aqua-film texture leaves on the skin an imperceptible sensation of water.
For dehydrated skin, the goal is to soothe your skin and quench its thirst. To do that, choose cleansers and masks that are non-abrasive with a neutral pH and moisture-replenishing properties (Hello, hyaluronic acid!). In terms of creams, look for products with long-lasting moisturizing to build up a protective layer that helps seal the moisture in. Remember: avoid greasy or fatty formulas; the last thing your skin needs is more oil!
Another great way to help dehydrated skin: drink more water… and less coffee!
Nourishing yet ultra-light, the water cream deliciously melts into the skin and infuses it with its unique moisturizing complex. Invigorating, non-greasy, instantly absorbed, it leaves normal to combination skin soft and radiant all day long.
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