Dry Skin Type
First and foremost, don’t get Dry Skin confused with Dehydrated Skin. At first glance, ‘dry’ and ‘dehydrated’ seem like two words to describe the same thing. But when it comes to skin care, they are completely different concerns with different underlying causes.
Dry Skin is a “skin type” whilst Dehydrated Skin is a “skin condition” anyone can experience and the treatment for each is quite different.
Dry Skin lacks oil because it produces less sebum than normal skin, and the lack of sebum means the skin is without the lipids it needs to retain moisture and to build a strong barrier to protect against external aggressors.
With Dehydrated Skin, there’s a lack of water in the stratum corneum, which is the top layer of the skin. Dehydration is caused by many external factors, but the most common are weather, environment, diet, and caffeine consumption, all of which can result in diminished water content within the skin.
NOTE: You don’t need to have dry skin to have dehydrated skin. Oily and combination skin can be dehydrated as well.
BASIC Skin Type Test
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and water. Use your hands to clean your face and avoid scrubbing too hard.
- Dry your face with a soft towel and leave your skin alone for at least 15 minutes without applying any products or touching it.
|1 hour after washing my face, my skin||SKIN TYPE|
|Feels itchy and tight, with noticeable flaking||DRY|
|Is shiny and has a greasy feel, especially in the T-zone||OILY|
|Is oily in the T-zone, but dry around my jawline and cheek bones||COMBINATION|
|Feels even and smooth, with little oilness or dryness||NORMAL|
|Is itchy, inflamed or showing redness||SENSITIVE|
To Treat Your Skin Correctly
You Need to Know Your Skin Type
If you are still uncertain as to your Skin Type, make an appointment with our Skin Specialist to discuss