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April 15, 2014

Is your skin dehydrated or dry?

Dry skin can easily be confused with dehydrated skin, because both share certain qualities. Learning to tell them apart means knowing the right care and products you need in each case. Let’s take a closer look.

How to tell them apart

Here is some basic information to help you distinguish dry skin from dehydrated skin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dehydrated Skin

  • Skin condition (can affect any skin type)
  • Feeling of tightness, especially after showering or bathing
  • Dehydration lines and wrinkles when smiling
  • Lack of water (skin has a low level of hydration)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dry Skin

  • Skin type
  • Discomfort and stiffness, upon waking
  • Feeling of tightness, itchiness
  • Flaking – skin feels like it is covered with a white film
  • Lack of water, but also of oils and proteins essential for the regeneration of skin’s hydrolipidic film

The hydrolipidic film is skin’s natural protective barrier. Its job is to regulate moisture and protect skin from the elements. Dry skin does not produce enough natural oils to maintain an intact hydrolipidic film, which explains why it is more prone to dehydration than other skin types.

Giving skin the right care

For dehydrated skin, you need to use gentle cleansers and makeup removers, along with day cream, night cream and, as is the case with all skin types, sunscreen on a daily basis. Skin, as you may know, is 70 percent water, so it goes without saying that drinking plenty of water is a must. Applying a moisturizing mask a few times a week is also beneficial. This type of mask will deeply hydrate skin, reduce the daily loss of moisture and leave skin silky soft.

As for dry skin, it too needs gentle, specially formulated cleansers and daily sun protection, but it also requires richer moisturizers to compensate for its lack of oils and proteins and give it an additional boost of hydration. Weekly exfoliation to remove dead skin cells followed by a moisturizing mask is also recommended.

Skin types

Remember that any skin type (dry, normal, combination or oily) can be dehydrated. If you’re not sure about your skin type, speak with one of our dermo-cosmetic consultants. She can analyze your skin, free of charge, using two special instruments: the video microscope and the hygrometer.

With the video microscope and the hygrometer (a device that measures skin’s level of hydration), our dermo-cosmetic consultants can accurately diagnose the condition of your skin. This pain-free analysis can be extremely helpful in avoiding skin problems, such as blemishes, redness or irritation, associated with the use of the wrong products.

Pharmacy services

Think you might have dry or dehydrated skin? Drop in for a visit with a Uniprix dermo-cosmetic consultant. She can recommend the right products for your skin type and condition.