Dry vs Dehydrated Skin

LARASATI OETOMO on BEAUTY

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During fasting, your skin may as well feel dehydrated. This skin condition is different to dry skin and may get worse—how do we distinguish and fight them?


You might have read somewhere that the core difference between dry and dehydrated skin is that dry skin lacks in retaining moisture in skin deriving from oil, while dehydrated skin lacks the intensity of water.  It is also important to know that dry skin is a type of skin—meaning that the skin condition tends to be stable over time. Dehydrated skin is more situational—it breaks out when you’re losing considerable amount of water. How do we distinguish them?

Dehydrated skin may appear in all skin types, and they make skin appear duller and aged than most dry skin. The strange thing about dehydrated skin is that they feel both dry and oily. Our body automatically produces sebum to replace lost water supply. It can be worse for combination or oily skin. This type of skin condition is mostly triggered by climate, sun and air conditioner exposure, hot water bath, to simply—lack of drink supply. The cure to dehydrated skin is, of course, drinking right amount of water. We certainly can’t do that while fasting—jinx!

Worry not; we can’t drink, but your skin can. Topical application of hydrator like hyaluronic acid will help a lot. Here’s a list of the most magical beauty products for total hydration during fasting.

CLINIQUE MOISTURE SURGE SUPERCHARGED CONCENTRATE

This one’s a total helper on the go for its easy-to-apply tube. The supercharged concentrate mixes hyaluronic acid with activated aloe water to help retaining water hydration for a long time, even under harsh effect of air conditioner.

LANEIGE WATER SLEEPING MASK

This is a classic mojo from the Water Bank line of Laneige. This overnight mask improves appearance of dehydrated skin like dullness and aging signs. It does more than expected for dehydrated skin—it soothes, revitalizes, and moisturizes during sleep.

TATCHA THE WATER CREAM

The Japanese product is a cult in Sephora, and it certainly has the reason why. It works in any type of skin, nourishes dehydration, fights aging signs, and creates poreless look on your face. All-in choice for women living in tropical countries.

LET ME SKIN ULTRA H20 WATER-JELLY MODELING MASK

It is perfect nourishment for skin dehydration caused by sun exposure for its counter-hyperpigmentation effect. The mask has the capacity to seal hydration and leaves your skin bouncy.

HOLIKA HOLIKA ALOE 99% SOOTHING GEL

Aloe vera is archaic cure to dehydration for its anti-inflammatory and highly-hydrated contents. Korean products are ace for this.