Is Your Skin Dry or Dehydrated? Here’s How to Tell – 3LAB

Is Your Skin Dry or Dehydrated? Here’s How to Tell

If you’re struggling to keep your face moisturized, it can be easy to just assume your skin is dry, and be tempted to remedy the issue by just applying additional layers of heavy moisturizers. Sometimes though, the answer to better looking skin lies in finding the underlying causes of dryness. We frequently talk about the different skin types , such as oily, dry, and combination, but there is another layer to skincare that is oftentimes overlooked - skin condition.


SKIN TYPE VS. SKIN CONDITION

Simply put, skin type is mostly genetic. You’re born with either dry, oily, or combination skin. By contrast, skin conditions like acne, inflammation, and dehydration are variable, and can arise for a variety of reasons. In other words, you can have oily skin and dehydrated skin at the same time. In fact, when oily skin is dehydrated, it tends to produce even more oil to compensate, leaving you with greasy-feeling skin.


HOW TO TELL

If your skin tends to produce a lot of oil throughout the day, chances are your skin is dehydrated, as counterintuitive as that may sound. If you’re experiencing extra dry skin that seemingly doesn’t respond to the heaviest of moisturizers, you likely have dry and dehydrated skin.


HOW TO TREAT

In either case, your skin’s moisture barrier needs to be replenished. Moisturizer alone won’t be able to achieve this, so it’s important to create a targeted routine with the help of a few products. Firstly, make sure to exfoliate once a week to remove dead skin cells that prevent moisture from fully absorbing. Next, layer on a hydrating serum and allow it to absorb. Finish off your regimen with a lightweight or thick moisturizer (depending on your skin type) to lock in hydration all day. Our Perfect Moisturizer works well with most skin types and is gentle enough for daily use.