Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin

Dry and dehydrated skin are two very different skin conditions, despite the fact that they might feel similar. Both skin conditions can make skin feel flaky, itchy, sensitive and or dull. When it comes down to it, dry skin lacks oil where as dehydrated skin lacks water.


Dry skin

When your skin doesn’t produce enough oil, your skin becomes dry. Dry skin is a type of skin, which can be genetically determined. For those who have dry skin the best thing to do is add oil.  Creamy, gentle and oil based cleansers are all good options to add more moisture to the skin. Even adding a daily moisturizer to your daily facial routine is a great way for all skin types to keep skin from appearing dry.


Dehydrated skin

Skin that is dehydrated is very common; most people have some degree of dehydration. Where dry skin is a type, dehydration is a condition, which means that you can take steps to improve your skins level of dehydration. Dehydration is caused by ones lifestyle, from ones living environment to their diet. Dehydration can affect all skin types, even oily skin. A good way to combat oily skin is to drink plenty of water and ensure that your living conditions are not too dry by adding a humidifier. 

How to Keep Your Skin From Drying Out in the Cold

Dry skin is a very common issue for the winter time. Here are 7 tips to keep your skin soft and smooth all winter long.

  • Seek a specialist

Going to an esthetician is a great investment. They will be able to analyze your specific skin type, help you troubleshoot your current skin regimen and give advice as to what skincare product you should invest in. You wear your skin everyday so it doesn’t hurt to splurge a little people see everyday.

  • Moisturize

As weather conditions change, so should your skincare routine. During the winter months a oil-based moisturizer is more desirable because it will create a protective layer on the skin and helps to retain the moisture in the winter.

  • Avoid harsh treatments

Treatments like peels, masks and many alcohol based products will strip your skin of useful oils. During the cold, mild cleansers and deep hydrating masks are recommended to keep these oils in place

  • Avoid hot showers/baths

Hot baths feel great in the winter yet strip oils from the skin. Try and lean towards lukewarm water when it comes to cleaning your face and hands as much as possible.

  • Hydrate from the inside out

WATER, WATER, WATER. We’ve all heard it a million times to drink more water but dehydration also affects the skin and by drinking more water you boost your overall health (useful when avoiding winter colds too!).

  • Using a humidifier at home

It’s common to want to crank the heat when it the temperature outside drops. The hot air that is coming out of the heating system is dry. Adding a humidifier to your workspace and home allow more moisture to get in the air and prevent your skin from drying out.

  • Cover up

Layers not only keep you warm in the winter but items like gloves, scarves and hats help to avoid prolonged exposure to cold air as well as help to avoid windburn.

What’s Your Skin Type? From Your Fort Collins Med Spa

Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we know how important it is to determine your skin type! After all, this affects everything from what kind of facial would be best for you to what cleansing and moisturizing products you should use! You should also know that your skin type can change over time! Younger people are more likely to have  a normal skin type. Factors that affect skin type are how much water is in your skin, how oily it is, and how sensitive it is.

Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. It has no or few imperfections, barely visible pores, no severe sensitivity, and a radiant complexion.

Combination skin is when your skin is dry or normal in some areas, and oily in others (like the T-zone of the nose, forehead, and chin). This is a common skin type, which may need slightly different care in different areas. With combination skin, pores may look larger than normal, have blackheads, and shiny skin.

Dry skin may have almost invisible pores, a rough and dull complexion, red patches, less elastic skin and more visible lines. Dry skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. Very dry skin may become rough and scaly, like on the backs of hands, arms, and legs. Dry skin may be affected by genetic makeup, aging, hormonal changes, weather like wind, sun, or cold, UV radiation from tanning beds, indoor heating, long hot baths and showers, ingredients in soaps and cleansers, and medications.

Oily skin may have enlarged pores, dull, shiny or thick complexion, blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes. It can be affected by puberty or hormonal imbalances, stress, or too much heat or humidity.

If you aren’t sure what your skin type is, or if you know your skin type but aren’t sure how to best care for it, let’s schedule a free consultation to chat more! We would love to recommend a skincare routine that fits your budget!