Dehydration is when your skin lacks water. It is completely different to dry skin which is often confused.

You can do a simple pinch test at home to determine your skin’s hydration levels. Take a small portion of your skin around the cheek area and squeeze lightly. If you notice any wrinkling and if the skin doesn’t bounce back after you let go, then your skin may be dehydrated.

Let us explain the difference. Dehydration is a condition and dry skin is a skin type.

Dehydration is when your skin is lacking water and hydration but dry skin is a lack of natural oil called sebum. Quite often you are pre-disposed to your skin type and this may be  part of your genetic makeup where your sebaceous glands do not produce enough natural oil. Using a non- stripping cleanser, hydration serum and a great moisturiser are crucial. See BLACK&WHITE'S Core Perfection and  Peptide Perfection Collections. 

Classic signs of a dry skin can be:

  • Dry scaly skin
  • Redness
  • Itchy or irritated skin 
  • White flakes

Common links to dry skin can be  psoriasis or eczema but both these conditions differ from just dry skin.

How to help treat a dry skin.

Change of lifestyle and diet can often help. Because your body is not producing enough moisture of it's own with an underactive sebaceous gland, we need to help out the skin with added moisture, BLACK&WHITE'S Core perfection B5 Hydrate serum is a great start, which is a highly intensive hydrating serum delivering rapid luminous moisture. Get yourself into a good skincare regime and be conscious of product selection and ingredient percentages because a good skincare will also keep your barrier layer intact.

Dehydration of the skin means you are losing more water than you are consuming and therefore your skin is left dehydrated. Drinking diuretics such as caffeine and alcohol add to the problem with the increase in needing to go the the loo (urination) and your fluids are not been replaced to the same extent. Smoking and a poor diet will also cause dehydration of the skin.

Excessive exercise with excessive sweating without the balance of water intake can also cause dehydration of the skin.

Classic signs of a dehydrated skin can be:

  • Increased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Itchiness or scratch-irritated skin
  • Dullness
  • Dark under eye circles
  • Sunken eyes 

Treating a dehydrated skin is far easier and less complex than treating a dry skin, usually by a lifestyle change and fueling your body's hydration levels with a higher water intake.  But too much water can deplete your body of minerals because too much dilution flushes out your minerals. Try BLACK&WHITES Core Perfection Stem Cell repair which will help alleviate distressed skin while promoting collagen

How to help replenish a dehydrated skin

  • Start a good skincare regime to help keep skin balanced and hydrated while keeping your barrier layer intact
  • Eat water, rich fruit and vegetables such as celery and watermelon
  • Replenish your body fluid intake regularly throughout the day and particularly  when exercising
  • Limit your caffeine intake
  • Limit your alcohol intake and drink water in between your glasses of alcohol when celebrating
  • Stop smoking
  • Create healthy sleep patterns


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Medically reviewed by Cynthia Cobb, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP — Written by Kristeen Cherney — Updated on May 2, 2018


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