You’re looking at your skin in the morning, and your first instinct is to cringe.

You drank a whole liter of water last night, how can it be THIS dry?

You slathered it with facial oil before bed, but all you feel is an itch and tightness.

Confusion is often around when it comes to treating skin issues, especially those that have the same symptoms. Itchiness, tightness, it all feels the same, and you just conclude that you have dry skin. It’s just not that easy. Your skin might be suffering from a deeper issue: dehydration.
We went digging a bit, so you would not have too. Here is what you need to figure out if your skin is dry or dehydrated.

The first thing to distinguish is that one is a type, the other a condition. Having a dry skin type equals to the skin lacking oil. However, a dehydrated skin condition occurs no matter what skin type you are originally, and it results from a lack of water.

Dry Skin Causes and Giveaway signs

Your genes can determine whether your skin is dry, but so can the environment and weather you live in. Here is how you can recognize that you have a dry skin type:
· A feeling of tightness is most common after you wash your face.
· You often peel or see flakes falling out, and your complexion is dull.
· A few hours after applying makeup, it feels cakey and textured.
· You only feel comfortable after applying a heavy cream or lotion.

Dehydrated Skin Causes and Giveaway signs

Contrary to having a dry skin type which signs occur in a constant manner, dehydration is temporary. The condition is the consequence of a severe lack of water in the skin, regardless of it being dry, oily or combination.

The causes of skin being dehydrated are varied: from the AC in our offices to the weather, not drinking enough water and not sleeping enough, they are bound to confuse us. The bottom line is, water is lacking, whether is has been blown away by the dry air around you or is simply not provided enough. It’s time to grab your bottle!

Here’s how you can recognize that your skin has a lack of water, beyond the dull look and rough texture:
· Fine lines and/or wrinkles are move visible.
· Your skin is prone to inflammation, even though it also feels oily.
· Using emollients and other hydrating products make you feel much better.

Now that you have a clearer idea of the causes behind the state of your skin, you can start with the healing process. The good news is that in both cases, hydrating products will help retain moisture in your skin and calm the signs of sensitivity. While you pick up your water bottle to rule out dehydration, it is worth checking out these emollient-rich products, and products rich in Centella Asiatica, Ceramides and Niacinamide. They strengthen the skin barrier and prevent moisture from getting out while softening the skin.

Here are a few of our picks:

Olay Ultra Moisture with Shea Butter Body Wash Purito Centella Unscented Recovery Cream
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream
Purito Plainet Squalane Oil 100

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