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Winter weather is quickly approaching and with that comes some skin changes occurring in our skin.  The thing about our skin is its greatly impacted by the weather, along with plenty of other elements.  Traditionally, we tend to notice that our skin feels and is drier during the winter months.  However, we wanted to do a little clarifying for you to make sure you’re fully informed with this.  Dry skin is not dehydrated skin, and while they sound like they would be similar and we think of them in very similar ways they’re quite different.

It’s said that dry skin is actually a type of skin.  So if you have dry skin, it’s often because that’s the type of skin you actually have.  There are a number of different factors that can lead to someone having dry skin, like genetics and hormonal problems.  Essentially dry skin is when your skin doesn’t naturally produce enough oils to give your skin the protection it needs so it begins to develop a dry, flaky appearance.  On the other hand, dehydrated skin is more so known as a skin condition.  Since dehydrated skin is more of a condition, it’s known to be a temporary state of skin problems.  Meaning, you don’t ALWAYS have dehydrated skin, it may come and go while with dry skin you either have dry skin or you don’t.  Following?  Dehydrated skin is a condition that’s often caused by elements that are external, like the weather, or even using certain products that cause you to have irritation or dehydrated skin spots pop up.  Similar too dry skin, dehydrated skin will often result in flaky spots of skin that may be irritating and lacking moisture in the skin.  So essentially, dry skin is the cause of the lack of oil production while dehydrated skin is the result of lack of moisture in the skin.

While they’re both thought of as being the same, the treatment for them is quite different.  When treating dry skin you need to be looking for skin care products that are going to help increase the oil production in your skin to get the oils into the skin to get the protection your skin needs from developing a lot of dryness.  While with dehydrated skin, it’s more about getting moisture back into the skin and helping to make sure it doesn’t end up further dehydrated.  When treating dry skin, it’s often skin care product related to help solve that problem.  While with dehydrated skin, it’s said that some of the best ways to really treat that is to increase your water intake, clean up your diet and apply more moisturizing products to your skin.

Whew!  Who knew there was such a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?  Well the important thing is you now know.  We often think that they’re the same thing, but it’s informative to know that the treatments are different so you’re able to really take a look at which category you fit into to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your treatment.