Dry skin vs dehydrated skin: What’s the difference and why does it matter?

Dry skin vs dehydrated skin: What’s the difference and why does it matter?

Dry skin and dehydrated skin are two concepts commonly used interchangeably, however, it is important to note the clear differences, as the treatments can change for each one.  From the definitions to the common signs and even the treatment, the two terms vary in several ways. This article aims to briefly enlighten you with the difference when it comes to dry and dehydrated skin, beginning with a simple break down of their definitions.


What is dehydrated skin?

Dehydrated skin is a skin condition where the water level of the skin is alarmingly low caused mostly by rapid water loss or low sebum production—FYI, it can happen to any skin type and not only people with dry skin.


What is dry skin?

Dry skin is a skin type like combination skin or oily skin, only here, the problem isn’t the water content level but the lack of lipids and oils which damages the lipid barrier or skin barrier function, resulting in an overall dry-like appearance and rough texture.


Now you know the difference, through the brief definitions, below are common signs to watch out for if you have dehydrated skin or dry skin


Dry Skin

Dehydrated Skin


Dull skin


Surface wrinkles

Fine lines

Sunken eyes

Deep cracks

Increased sensitivity

Dark circles beneath eyes


Ashy skin


Skin tightness

Increased fine lines


You might have noticed that some signs are observed in both dry and dehydrated skin, that’s why the two are often difficult to distinguish.

Now you know the difference between the two, let's talk about the solution. There are ways the skin tries to replenish itself naturally, one of these is by producing and releasing hyaluronic acid supports skin hydration. Although it helps, the water content of the skin evaporates quickly so it’s advisable to observe a regular skincare routine to keep your skin in great shape or restore it to its original glory.

There are thousands of products that claim to help dry or dehydrated skin but many of them are typically focused on only one of the issues. When choosing, it's important to really focus on the ingredients that actually address your problem. Always make sure to read the ingredients list when looking for skincare products. The Blossom Honey Salve actually has multiple ingredients designed specifically to help both dry and dehydrated skin. Its perfect blend of natural oils and vitamins hydrates and moisturizes the skin. With ingredients like;

Tea tree oil, coconut oil and sweet almond oil for dry skin &

Vitamin A and E  and Organic Manuka Honey for locking in moisture - it's the perfect balance for all your dry & dehydrated skin needs.

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