You wash your face; it looks matte and flawless, but then by noon it’s an oil slick sagain. You wonder what is going on…You get confused as to whether your skin is dry, oily or combination. Look I have been there. It can be confusing to diagnose your own skin type. Today I will explain to you the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin.

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It can be difficult to deal with excessive shine throughout the day. I struggled with oily skin for 10 years throughout my 20’s. Not only that, but oily skin tends to consist of breakouts/clogged pores. If you want to learn what your skin type is before reading the article, you can visit my article HERE. 

There are so many products that are advertised to treat oily skin in the market today. Unfortunately, not all of these oil control products work. You have to be careful about over-drying or over-exfoliating oily skin. When your skin is oily, your skin will produce more oil to overcompensate for the lack of oil. External factors such as excessive facial cleansing, or use of skincare topicals can dry out your skin. Internal factors can include genetics and/or a hormonal imbalance/change.

You can learn more about oily skin and product recommendations to deal with this skin type HERE.

Oily Skin Can Be Dehydrated

Oily skin can also be dehydrated and dry. Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that lacks sufficient water. In order to compensate for the lack of water, oily skin tends to produce more oil. I know in my early 20’s I used to believe that if I wore a moisturizer, that my maybe skin would get oilier. This is obviously not the truth, and it is absolutely crucial to wear an oil-free moisturizer with humectants to help draw more water in the skin without clogging your pores.

Dry Skin Lacks Enough Oil

On the other hand, dry skin is a skin type that lacks sufficient oil in the skin and is genetically inherited. Those with dry skin may experience premature aging or eczema. During all four seasons, your skin will always feel dry.

Even though dry skin is inherited, there are certain factors that can cause excessive dryness of the skin such as hormonal changes, aging, weather, or certain skincare ingredients. If you have dry skin, I recommend oil or cream-based products that contain moisturizing ingredients such as plant oils, ceramides, and shea butter.

Dehydrated skin is not a skin type.

If your skin is dehydrated, it means it is a skin condition. Dehydrated skin implies that your skin is losing more water than it is taking in and feel oily and dry simultaneously. It is common to experience breakouts if you deal with dehydration because your skin produces excess amounts of oil.

Note that dehydrated skin can be a temporary condition and can develop from certain factors such as environmental, poor diet, improper skincare, or stress. Water-based products that include hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin and ceramides can help combat dehydrated skin.

Similarities between dry and dehydrated skin

Although dry skin and dehydrated skin have differences, some of their symptoms may be similar. Similar characteristics include: flaky, rough texture, itchy, dull, sensitive and/or tight skin.

It is very important to remember to wear SPF 30 or higher daily no matter what skin type you have to prevent more irritation to the skin and further dry it out. Drinking plenty of water and adding an Omega 3 supplement can also increase moisture and fatty acids to the skin and help balance skin’s moisture content.


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1.  GLYMED MEGA PURIFYING CLEANSER  helps remove makeup and helps to treat dryness with antioxidant vitamin . GLYMED PLUS | Glymed Plus Cell Science Mega-Purifying Cleanser


IMAGE Skincare’s VITAL C hydrating cleanser—This  creamy, hydrating cleanser emulsifies makeup and removes impurities while quenching skin with essential daily vitamins. Infuses skin with high levels of antioxidant vitamin C to brighten and hydrate as it cleanses. Ideal for sensitive, redness-prone, dry or dehydrated skin, and for post-treatment use.


1. PAULA’S CHOICE SKIN RECOVERY CALMING TONER helps to hydrate dry flaky skin & helps refresh and calm the skin.


Skin Recovery Mist helps replenish dehydrated, irritated skin. Some of the beneficial ingredients it contains are hyaluronic acid and vitamin B. 


GlymedPlus Living Cell Clarifier  uses natural tyrosinase inhibitors such as bearberry, licorice, and mulberry along with phytic acid to reduce melanin production and help brighten and hydrate the skin. This serum is great for all skin types.

 THE ORDINARY LACTIC ACID SERUM   Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates dry, normal, oily and combination skin. It also has hyaluronic acid 2% to help improve the benefits and add oil-free mositure.



Image Skincare’s Hydrating Enzyme Mask features natural enzyme exfoliants that dissolve dead skin cells and vitamin C that brightens and protects, with calming orange blossom extract and revitalizing vitamin A. 



1.  IMAGE SKINCARE VITAL C HDRATOR WATER BURSTThis gel hydrator consists of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and anti-aging peptides to provide a youthful, brighter, healthier-looking complexion.

2. Globiotics Probiotic Calming Lotion: This lotion helps reduce redness and inflammation while helping to calm and combat dryness.

           GLOWBIOTICS | Probiotic Clarifying Lotion


1. SUPERGOOP SPF 50 for FACE AND BODY -This water-resistant formula is perfect for everyday use on face and body. I recommend this to many of my clients as well as it is not greasy. Ideal for- Oily Skin, Mature Skin, Acne-Prone Skin, Sensitive Skin, Normal Skin, Combination Skin, Dry Skin.

SUPERGOOP! | Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40


2. IMAGE Skincare Prevention+ Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30+- This sheer, mineral-based SPF 30 moisturizer never leaves me a white cast or residue. It is also paraben-free and perfect for dry, redness-prone and sensitive skin. This is the sunscreen I am currently using and loving.


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