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Dry vs Dehydrated Skin: How To Know The Difference?

Dry vs Dehydrated Skin: How To Know The Difference?

Everyone experiences dry skin at some point in their lives, which is a common concern. Dryness frequently only lasts a short while and is brought on by environmental irritants such as high temperatures or lengthy steam showers. However, there’s a significant possibility that what you perceive as “dry skin” is actually dehydrated skin unless you have a naturally dry skin type.

Although they may appear (and even feel) similar, dryness and dehydration are two completely different conditions: Dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water, whereas dry skin is the result of insufficient oil. It’s essential to understand their differences if you want to take good care of your skin. The differences between dry and dehydrated skin are discussed below. You’ll learn what causes dry vs. dehydrated skin, plus tips for managing each. Read on for the official Plant Science guide to dry and dehydrated skin.

Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin: How Do They Differ?

Though the terms – “dry” and “dehydrated” are often used interchangeably, they’re not the same. Dry skin is a skin type characterized by a chronic underproduction of sebum, or oil. It’s usually persistent and may be accompanied by uncomfortable symptoms like itching or tightness. The severity of these symptoms can be affected by environmental factors, like weather, and are often worse in the winter.

Dehydrated skin, meanwhile, refers to the amount of water in the skin. Healthy skin contains around 30% water, which is essential for maintaining the skin’s structure, strength, and resiliency. When the skin loses too much water, it becomes dehydrated. The symptoms of dehydrated and dry skin are often similar and may include roughness or a loss of elasticity. However, while dry skin is a specific skin type, dehydrated skin can affect anyone—even those with naturally oily skin. That said, those with dry skin types may be more likely to also have dehydrated skin, as the skin’s natural oils play an important role in retaining water and minimizing water loss.

What Causes Dehydrated Skin?

Dehydrated skin results from excessive water loss. This can be due to a damaged skin barrier, a lack of water in the diet, or extreme weather conditions (cold, arid climates, in particular, are associated with dehydration). One of the most obvious signs of dehydration is a lack of elasticity in the skin: You’ll notice more prominent fine lines and wrinkles, and the skin may appear dull or begin to sag.

As such, skin hydration is often mistaken for dryness or premature aging. A lot of the time, fine lines [aren’t due to] premature aging—it’s actually dehydration. People with dehydrated skin should follow healthy habits, like drinking water and getting sleep, which can help minimize water loss and strengthen the skin.

Why Choose the Plant Science Hand Cream?

To minimize the appearance of dehydration-related skin concerns (such as fine lines or wrinkles), reach for hydrating skincare products, like the Plant Science Hand Cream. This intense plant-based hand moisturizing cream is the best solution for dehydrated skin. Here’s why.

  • Keeps hands soft and hydrated

This is a plant-based hand cream that can be used daily to keep your hands soft and hydrated and prevent dry skin.

  • Nourishes and rejuvenates the hands

The Plant Science, natural hand moisturizing cream is non-greasy and will moisturize your hands giving them the nourishment they need.

  • Herbal composition keeps your hands bacteria-free

Formulated with the best natural ingredients, this plant-based Anti Blemish Cream will keep your skin moisturized and give it the nourishment it needs.

What Causes Dry Skin?

As stated above, dry skin results from a lack of oil in the skin. This is often due to genetics but can be worsened by internal and external factors. Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can exacerbate dryness. Similarly, harsh skincare products that strip the skin can remove too much oil, leading to dry skin. Other factors that may contribute to dryness include medical conditions, lifestyle, hormones, and the natural aging process.

Managing dry skin requires minimizing exposure to environmental influences, like hot water, and restoring the skin’s surface lipids. You can mainly do this with moisturizers and creams.

Why Choose The Plant Science Intense Moisturizer for Dry Skin?

For daily management of dryness, we recommend reaching for a nourishing moisturizer, like our cult-classic Intense Moisturizer. This best-selling formula is a superlative moisturizer with the goodness of shea butter and coconut oil that provides deep hydration and nourishes the skin from within. Infused with the benefits of olive oil and aloe vera, this Intense Moisturizer instantly alleviates dry skin and retains moisture all day long. Here’s why this is the best plant-based solution for your dry skin concerns.

  • Provides skin nourishment and adds radiance

The key ingredients shea butter, coconut, olive oil, and aloe vera, impart metabolites that in turn provide deep hydration and nourishment for your skin adding to your radiance.

  • Penetrates deep into the skin

A lightweight formula that spreads easily and is effectively absorbed, leaving the skin soft and supple. It retains moisture all day long, and relieves dryness and irritated skin, making your skin feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

  • Safe and effective ingredients

This moisturizing cream contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties and are also rich in Vitamin C, E, and carotene.


People often consider dry and dehydrated skin to be the same. However, dehydrated skin is a condition that results from not having enough fluid in the body, whereas dry skin is a skin type that can have various causes. But, both of them can be treated if you choose the right products and treat your skin well. So what are you waiting for? Choose Plant Science and say goodbye to your skin woes today! 

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