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What Is The Difference Between Dry And Dehydrated Skin?

What Is The Difference Between Dry And Dehydrated Skin?

Dry skin or dehydrated skin, is it all the same to you?

Whether it lacks water or lipids, the skin expresses its needs by sending different signals: loss of radiance, tightness, flaking... It remains to be seen whether this discomfort is temporary or chronic. Dryness or dehydration, it's time to take stock of your skin's real needs!

Dehydrated skin, skin that lacks water

Water is life! Skin that lacks water will let you know uncomfortable, rough, with localized tightness or even flakiness, it is not in top form. In concrete terms, it is the surface layer of the epidermis and its hydrolipidic film that are altered and have difficulty retaining the water naturally present in the skin. A whole series of factors can cause dehydration, such as the cold, pollution, stress, smoking, UV rays, fatigue, etc. Therefore, all skin types (oily, combination, dry) can experience dehydration at some point in their lives. Fortunately, this is always a temporary condition that can be reversed with the right care. The solution? Moisturize! Whether it's a milk, balm or cream, the key is to provide the skin with all the water it needs to regain its radiance and lasting comfort. Naturally moisturizing, Thermal Spring Water, present in all Uriage skin care products, perfectly meets the intense needs of dehydrated skin.

Dry skin, a skin type above all

Unlike dehydrated skin, dry or very dry skin is a permanent condition because it is a skin type, like oily or combination skin. In this case, not only does the skin lack water, but also lipids. It also shows signs of discomfort, with feelings of tightness and sometimes burning. The drier the skin, the more important the symptoms are, sometimes with the appearance of scabs or chapping, often providing a favorable ground for the appearance of eczema or dermatitis in children.

Often innate and constitutional, skin dryness can also occur due to external, climatic, or environmental factors. In any case, if you have dry or very dry skin, it is essential to respect your skin type and to apply adapted care on a daily basis. In this case, it is necessary to restore the balance of the hydrolipidic film of your epidermis by providing it with sufficient water and lipids.

At Uriage, the XÉMOSE range has been specifically formulated for very dry and atopy-prone skin. Its various emollient care products, such as the Anti-Itch Soothing Oil Balm or the Lipid-Replenishing Anti-Irritation Cream, provide the skin with extreme and lasting comfort.

Moisturize or nourish?

As you can see, dry skin and dehydrated skin are two very different skin problems. If you are unable to identify the cause of your skin's discomfort, the best thing to do is to consult a dermatologist who will be able to make a precise diagnosis. This will allow you to adopt an adapted skin care routine and to meet your skin's water and/or lipid needs. In any case, remember to drink enough water throughout the day (at least 1.5 liters), to cleanse your face with a gentle care product and to protect your skin from external aggressions such as UV rays.


Your skin will be soft and supple!


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