Skin Care Diagnosis: Dry Skin or Dehydrated Skin?
The first step in treating a skin problem is diagnosing the problem! One of the most common mix ups is confusing dry skin with dehydrated skin. Dryness refers to a skin type, while dehydration refers to a skin condition.
Dry skin tends to be flaky, itchy, and uncomfortable. While dry skin can occur anywhere on the body, the areas typically affected are the corners of the nose and mouth, and the eyebrows. Other common trouble areas can include the neck, the inside of the arms, and the thighs.
Dry skin produces less sebum than normal skin, which means it has less natural oil available to keep out contaminants and keep in moisture. To combat this, you need a good, consistent skincare routine that includes gentle cleansing, and both serum and moisturizers.
Dehydrated skin simply does not have enough water. This can be caused by many factors, including diet, caffeine consumption, and the weather around you. Winter is a prime time for dehydrated skin due to cooler, dryer outdoor air, as well as the drying effects of indoor heating. It is important to note that dehydrated skin can feel oil AND dry at the same time.
Proper hydration, mild exfoliation and adding a heavier moisturizer at night can help to solve this problem.
For help with dry skin, dehydrated skin, or any other skin care issues, your best course of action is to see a professional! In the long run it will save you time and money and get you started with the right treatments from the start. Give us a call to set up a consultation at 702-496-2066, or schedule your next treatment online at www.privyskincare.com.