Dry vs Dehydrated Skin

Traits To Help You Tell The Difference

As seasons change from autumn to winter and temperatures continue to fall, you may notice a change in your skin as it tends to become more dehydrated. This is due to low humidity levels in the air and indoor heating that reduces moisture and hydration on your skin.

Although different, dry and dehydrated skin display similar symptoms, such as itching, tightening, and dullness so it’s easy to get them confused.

Dry Skin

When you have dry skin, your body doesn’t produce enough oils/sebum, which is often down to genetics. You may have dry skin all over your body and find that your skin feels tight after showers. It’s often ashy and has dry patches. Water strips your skin of its natural oils and so your skin has a hard time retaining moisture. Dry skin for you is constant all year round.

Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin refers to your skin being water deficient and lacking hydration. Your skin responds to this condition by producing oils in excess, leaving your skin feeling oily and dry. This condition is temporary and caused by differing external factors such as temperature, makeup, incorrect use of skincare products and diet. Dehydrated skin may cause acne breakouts due to the excess oil production.

How To Tell The Difference

Dry skin and dehydrated skin display the same symptoms and can sometimes be hard to differentiate. For an accurate skin diagnosis, you can book a professional consultation with a trained Nimue Skin Therapist. They will advise you on which products are most suitable for your skin type or skin condition. You can also take Nimue’s online skin assessment, which is more convenient. However, it serves as a guide and not a diagnosis.

It is advisable that you also consult your dermatologist or doctor.

Dry Skin


Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, use a nourishing moisturiser to lock in moisture and prevent water from escaping your skin. Using oil after applying hydrating moisturiser is the best remedy for dry skin. Thick oils such as Nimue Hyaluronic Oil assist with moisture retention, skin barrier repair and nourishment.

Dehydrated skin

With dehydrated skin, drink plenty of water and actively add hydration to your skin and body. Use water-based and hydrating skincare products such as Nimue Pre & Post Serum and Hyaluronic Ultrafiller Serum as these products will hydrate and balance your skin.

Smart Skin Care Technology

Your skin needs a healthy balance of sebum and water to function at its best; lipids and water are essential to retain moisture in the skin and an optimally functioning skin barrier.

View our skin care products with technology solutions for dry and dehydrated skin!