Skin Care

Everything You Need to Know About Dryness vs. Hydration

Read on for our master class on how to care for dry or dehydrated skin

It's a well-known fact that hydration is critical to healthy, youthful, glowing skin, and everyone is susceptible to dehydration throughout their lives. But when it comes to the how-tos of hydration, there are many myths and much misinformation. 

The skin you're in. 

 First, let's try and understand the difference between dehydrated and dry skin. Dehydrated skin is a condition that can affect any skin type (even oily) and a telltale sign that skin lacks water. Skin looks dull and can show signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and elasticity loss.

You may also see redness and inflammation. Dehydrated skin is caused by weather, diet, and too much caffeine leading to a decrease in skin's water content. Dry skin is less of a skin state and more of a skin type. Dry skin produces less sebum and has a depletion of natural skin lipids that in turn weaken the skin barrier so skin can’t retain its own moisture.  Skin is also more prone to environmental aggressors and premature aging. Dry skin can get irritated, flaky, and itchy and lead to psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis.

The hydration hoax. 

When your body is thirsty and dehydrated, the solution is to drink water. But when it comes to thirsty, dehydrated skin, the answer is more complicated. All skin can become dehydrated, especially as age diminishes skin's ability to hold onto water. The truth is you cannot drink your way to smooth, hydrated, glowing skin.  Think of the grape vs. raisin analogy. Properly hydrated skin is like a fresh grape- plump, ­smooth and fi­lled with water. But remove water and skin becomes like a raisin, looking withered, wrinkled and dull.

Staying hydrated is essential, but after the rest of the body takes what it needs from each glass of water consumed, there is very little leftover for the skin. Even then, only internal cells get a "drink" - and that will do nothing to resolve the signs of dehydration on the skin's surface.

Perhaps most critically, drinking water cannot impact the skin's ability to retain water, which becomes increasingly more critical as skin ages. The only way to effectively treat chronically dehydrated, lifeless, lackluster skin is with topical skincare.

Our Hyaluronic Dual-Response Serum is a one-stop-shop for both hydration and moisture. This serum brings dehydrated skin back to life while deeply hydrating and improving its ability to retain moisture. Our dual-chamber formula combines Hyaluronic Acid – a powerful humectant that acts as a moisture magnet that pulls water into the skin with our proven ingredient NIA-114 to strengthen the skin barrier and seal in hydration for a more youthful looking glow. 

And our SD Advanced™ PLUS Intensive Moisturizing Concentrate is dry skin's best friend. Delivering 72 hours of continuous moisture***, our iconic moisturizer is much beloved for its moisturizing qualities and its ability to target ten types of collagen and is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines wrinkles and improve skin texture.

 Other ways to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized? 

Watch the weather. 

Temperature changes can affect your skin, and winter with its low humidity and cold air can stress out your skin and lead to itchiness and irritation as well as cracking. And though you love your hot shower during the winter, try hard to keep it lukewarm as hot water loosens the skin’s natural lipids and dries out skin faster than warm water.  It’s worth adding some moisturizing, hydrating products to your regimen at this time of year, and when you do, follow the 20-second rule.  When applying moisturizer or oil to your body after the shower, quickly lock in some much-needed moisture while your skin is still damp and you’ll stay moisturized all day long.

Stay home and humidify.

Ever notice how your skin is less dry during the dog days of Summer? Though not a friend to the hair, humidity is terrific at keeping skin hydrated and dewy. Humidifiers help lock in moisture, and with colder temperatures approaching, protecting your skin from indoor heat is essential. And if you don't like humidifiers because of their outsized appearance in your youth, fear not. There are lots of design-friendly options out there to humidify your home in style.

Mask it. 

To replenish moisture, add a mask to your routine a few times a week.

 Our Cloudberry Moisture™ Plumping Cream Mask drenches skin in nourishing, super-fruit infused moisture. This creamy replenishing mask is powered by antioxidant-packed Cloudberry and Prickly Pear extracts (both resilient adaptogens known to survive the harshest conditions). With the help of Hyaluronic Acid these naturally-derived ingredients flood skin with intense moisture and promote lasting hydration while leaving your skin soft, smooth, and radiant.

Defend on the daily. 

Even though it's not beach weather for many of us, it's still essential to apply SPF every day. Sun exposure can dehydrate your skin and lead to moisture loss. We recommend our line-up of do all sunscreens to protect your skin from the early signs of aging. 

Eat your water. 

Besides drinking water, try adding some water-rich and hydrating foods like watermelon, strawberries, cucumber, and celery. You can also use something like a rosewater mist to spritz yourself whenever you need an extra hydration or rejuvenation boost.

***Based on instrumental testing

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