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How to Treat Dehydrated Skin: Water & Oil Dry

by Emily Linehan on February 03, 2020

Have you ever experienced the phenomenon of slathering on layer after layer of cream and STILL feeling dry and tight? What about when your skin is super, duper oily and you still get dry, flaky skin? This article is for you. What you may not realize is that there are different types of dehydrated skin: Water dry skin and oily dry skin. They each require their own form of treatment!

What is Water Dry Skin?

Water dry skin is lacking in water moisture. You may recognize it as feeling and looking tight in the face, with skin that is crepey, flaky and may itch. 

Water dry skin can be experienced by all skin types. Your skin could be oily, dry or a combination of the two and still be water dry. 

What causes this form of dehydrated skin? 

If your body is dehydrated, your skin tends to follow suit. However, in some cases, you can still have water dry skin… even if you’re drinking water every day!

The condition is largely influenced by your environment, including the climate and season. Using products that may increase dry skin and traveling on airplanes can also play a factor in causing water dry skin. 

How to Treat Water Dry Skin

The best way to combat water dry skin is by using products that contain humectants, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin. 

These products are like a big, refreshing drink of water for your skin. 

Once applied, seal the water moisture in with the appropriate moisturizer for your skin type.

My Favorite Humectants

Calm Down Toner: Formulated with glycerin, aloe and patented oxygen electrolytes, this toner truly quenches your skin’s thirst!

Dew DropsA hyaluronic acid serum that hydrates and plumps dehydrated skin

Antioxidant Serum: A stable Vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) in a hyaluronic acid base that hydrates and brightens your skin

Skin Quencher Gel: An aloe-based gel with other moisture-loving humectants which soothes, calms and hydrates even the most dehydrated skin

Firming Peptide Serum: An anti-aging serum focused on collagen stimulation in a deeply hydrating base that’ll make your skin glow!

What is Oil Dry Skin?

This skin type is lacking its own oil production. 

Different from water dry skin, oil dry skin is an actual skin type that you’re born with. 

It’s characterized as feeling dry all over (including your hands, scalp and body). Your skin may also look and feel dull or lackluster. 

Unfortunately, this skin type is more susceptible to premature aging. The oil moisture it lacks is what keeps our skin lubricated and protected. This oil moisture is also what keeps our skin cells working most efficiently. 

How to Treat Oil Dry Skin

The best way to combat this form of dehydrated skin is by using emollient-rich moisturizers on top of a humectant. 

By sealing in the water moisture with an emollient-rich moisturizer, you will be treating dehydrated skin and providing much-needed oil moisture at the same time. This will help to soften and lubricate your oil dry skin. 

My Favorite Emollient-rich Moisturizer

Hydraluxe Cream: An ultra-hydrating, non-greasy cream containing ceramides that lock in all-day moisture

Use these methods and recommended products to treat your dehydrated skin. Whether you’re water dry or oil dry, it’s time to rediscover your shine!

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