Dehydration vs dryness
What’s the difference between these two commonly confused skin ailments? The experts at Elixseri can explain
The simple definition to the dehydration vs dryness conundrum is that dehydration is defined as a lack of water in the skin, while dryness is a lack of oil.
Dehydration is a skin condition and not your skin type. The good news is that you can easily improve it with a good skincare routine, which must include regular exfoliation. Every day, hundreds of thousands of skin cells die, but not all these dead cells are shed and instead they form a layer on the surface of your skin. This layer blocks the penetration and efficacy of the products you use and can lead to signs of dehydration: a dull complexion, flaky skin and increased lines around your eyes and nose. Removing this dead layer of skin, with regular exfoliation and by applying deeply hydrating products, will ease the symptoms of dehydration. You will soon notice a healthier dewier glow.
Dryness, on the other hand, is a genetic skin type whereby your skin is lacking in ceramides (oils). People with dry skin also tend to have dryness in other parts of their body, for example the eyes, lips and hands. They are also more prone to skin conditions, such as flaky scalp and eczema. If you have dry skin, your skin is less able to produce oils, so you will need to use serums and creams with a higher content of lipid-rich oils. Understanding whether your skin type is dry or whether your skin condition is dehydrated will enable you to choose the right products.
The most important step in your skincare routine, Opening Act Overnight Resurfacing Serumgently exfoliates and removes cellular debris while you sleep. This enables other products to penetrate better and deeper into the skin and also optimises cellular regeneration, for newer, fresher cells. Ideal for all skin types who are feeling dehydrated.
The Onolla + Elixseri Limited Edition Fresh Start Duo contains two serums, Opening Act and Rescue Diver, for just £129, giving you 20% off (usually £161 when bought separately). The first Onolla collaboration carefully selected to give you the most detoxified, exfoliated, hydrated and plumped skin you’ve had for years in a matter of days – simply by slipping a product or two into your existing routine.
A fresh gel-serum, Rescue Diver Hydrating Serum provides skin with long-lasting hydration. Packed with super-hydrators and water-retaining ingredients, it plumps skin, reduces fine lines and keeps moisture levels intact. Ideal for oily, normal and combination skin types who are feeling dehydrated.
Smooth Player Line Smoothing Serum tackles both dehydration and dryness. Formulated with hydrating ingredients and lipid-rich oils, it reduces fine lines and wrinkles, smoothes skin tone and improves radiance. Ideal for normal and combination skin types who are feeling dehydrated.
Firm Conviction Firming Serum provides deep hydration. Its lightweight formula will not overload your skin, helping to control oily shine. It provides long-term action on skin elasticity and firmness. Ideal for oily skin that is also dehydrated.
Skin Meditation Anti Stress Serum provides nourishment and comfort. With a high content of lipid-rich oils to soothe and calm, it rebuilds the skin’s lipid barrier and supports the skin’s immune system. Ideal for dry skin that is also dehydrated.