You are usually born with dry, oily or combination skin. But do you know if your skin is dehydrated or you have dry skin? It may come as a shock, but the dry skin on your cheeks and forehead may be because of dehydration.
Several things: the weather, your environment, how much water versus caffeine you drink, all of which can deplete the level of water in your skin can cause dehydration. Whereas dry skin can make your skin feel tight and itchy, dehydrated skin has more redness, congestion, and inflammation. So dehydration is a skin condition and dry skin is a skin type.
You can do a simple pinch test at home to determine your skin’s hydration levels. Take a small portion of your skin around the cheek area and squeeze lightly. If you notice any wrinkling and if the skin does not bounce back after you let go, then your skin may be dehydrated.
Unlike dry skin, dehydration is treatable with lifestyle changes. Replenishing your hydration is the first major step, so it is important to drink plenty of water. You can start with the old rule of eight glasses of water per day if you do not drink enough water already.
Dry skin is more difficult to treat. If your skin has always naturally been on the dry side, you will probably need to take extra care to keep it moist during cold and dry weather.
Now let us talk about skin care. A moisturizer made for dry skin is key to hydrating your skin without making it too oily. An oily moisturizer will not treat dry skin — in fact, it can make you break out. Drinking more water does not fix dry skin, but it is still good for your overall health. Using creams containing hyaluronic acid like our Hydrating Cream from our men's skin care line also helps.
So now you know.....