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Dry or Dehydrated: What’s the difference?

Do you have dry skin? Have you ever experienced dehydrated skin? Did you know there is a difference between the two? With so many descriptive skin terms being used in the beauty realm, it’s no wonder we tend to confuse the definitions.

Let’s take a look at the key differences between dry and dehydrated skin to find out what’s causing these issues and better yet, how to solve them.

FACT: Moisture levels in the skin depend on more than just water.

Water represents 70% of the dermis but the rates at which it circulates within skin - or evaporates - hold the key to truly healthy skin. Above the dermis, lies the epidermis, comprised mainly of lipids that work to retain water within the skin. The outermost layer of the epidermis is the horny layer, containing a hydro-lipidic film that protects the skin from external aggressors and further helps to prevent water loss. This hydro-lipidic film is strengthened by sebum, when there are less sebaceous glands it becomes weaker and more water evaporates from the skin.

FACT: Dry skin is a skin type; dehydrated skin is a skin condition.

Dry skin is a skin type characterized by a lack of lipids; the skin naturally lacks sebaceous glands and the epidermis does not produce enough lipids. Women with dry skin often have fine, thin skin that appears matte and can feel tight or uncomfortable. Fine lines can look more apparent, and the complexion can feel rough to the touch. While dry skin is not necessarily permanent, it can be brought on with aging, harsh products or exposure to harsh weather.

Dehydration is an occasional skin condition caused by lack of water. It most often occurs in those with dry skin but can also be experienced by other skin types. The complexion can have active sebaceous glands in the T-zone but at the same time it has localized tight and uncomfortable areas. The skin in the oily sections is often thicker while the dehydrated areas are dull, rough and have fine lines. Lifestyle and behavior are often causes of this condition, with too much sun exposure, extreme weather and even too much time in air conditioning as potential culprits.

FACT: Understanding your skin can help you select the right treatment.

Cleansing milks are best for helping avoid the drying effects of hard water. Go for Lyslait : it effectively dissolves make-up while respecting the balance of dry, sensitive skins. Enriched with White Lily extract, its rich texture immediately provides a comforting sensation. The skin is luminous, supple, and soft. Use your fingertips to apply Lyslait to the face and neck, using circular motions to fully dissolve your make-up.
Finish removing your make-up with a cotton pad soaked in
Floral Toning Lotion. Formulated with soothing and softening Rose and Cornflower floral waters, this lotion is particularly suited to sensitive and skin prone to dryness. It tones, soothes, and prepares the skin for your daily care routine.
To comfort dry skin, support the production of lipids, and help the skin hold to better hold water in the upper, try Sisley’s Comfort Extreme collection. For added anti-aging properties, opt for Sisleÿa L'Integral Extra-Rich or Supremÿa Cream. The added nourishing key ingredients provide comfort to dry to very dry skin.

Dehydrated skin needs better reinforcement of the skin’s barrier and help in retaining moisture. Sisley’s NEW Hydra-Global Serum represents the latest advancement in treating dehydration due to aging. This new global solution helps to plump the skin’s moisture cushion, increase water circulation in the epidermis, and aid the skin in retaining water inside the epidermis. By boosting production of the skin’s natural protectants, Hydra-Global leaves the skin stronger and better able to defend itself.
Pair the NEW Hydra-Global Serum with Hydra-Global for additional moisturizing hydration.
For the rest of your body, the Restorative Body Cream soothes sensation of discomfort caused by dehydrated skin. Immediately, the skin is more supple and instantly "quenched".

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