Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin (and How to Treat it)

Have you ever experienced a dry season?

Not constrained to just winter ❄️ a dry season can be painful.

When it comes to your skin, flaky redness 😩 can show up for many reasons and in every season.

From diet to stress to an inherited skin type, dry and dehydrated skin happens. Let’s talk about:

• the differences between both skin concerns (dry vs dehydrated)

• the top ways to address them

• our favorite solution here at the studio

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Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin

Both dry and dehydrated skin feels flaky and irritated. It can appear blotchy, red or chapped.

Other than that, these two concerns are very different in nature.


  • Skin Type (inherited)

  • Natural from birth

  • Feels dry all over body

  • Including on hands and scalp

  • Lacks sufficient sebum

  • natural oils produced by skin

  • Always needs moisturizer

  • Dryness experienced during all seasons, but may worsen from hormonal changes, aging, weather, or certain ingredients

Needs: Moisturizing ingredients like plant oils, ceramides, shea butter


  • Is a skin condition (not type)

  • Anyone can experience it

  • Lacks Water

  • Meaning your body is losing more water than it’s taking in

  • Causes uneven texture + dullness

  • Can feel dry and oily at the same time

  • Congestion

  • May breakout due to an increase in oil production caused by dryness

  • Can be a temporary condition

  • Comes and goes depending on environment + lifestyle

Needs: Hydrating ingredients like humectants, (hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, aloe vera, honey, plant extracts like seaweed/algae)

The Top 5 Ways to Hydrate Your Skin

1. Be good to your skin’s delicate barrier with gentle cleansers (like the beauty at the lake signature cleanser) and eliminate harsh scrubs.

RELATED VIDEO: How to Love Your Skin Barrier

2. Protect it with well-formulated moisturizers with added essential fatty acids and ceramides to support your lipid barrier. We suggest adding a humectant like hyaluronic acid.

Humectants are skin identical ingredients that attract water to themselves and once applied to the skin have the ability to dramatically increase hydration of your skin. Their immediate benefits include:

  • Plumping skin

  • Adding glow to skin

  • Supporting your moisture barrier

  • Increasing hydration

3. Humidify your environment with a humidifier and opt for facial oils instead of spritzing with pure water, or choose facial mists loaded with antioxidants.

4. Get plenty of essential fatty acids in your diet, everyday.

RELATED ARTICLE: The Top Three Dietary Changes You Need to Make, Today

5. Try a HydraFacial or subscribe to our HydraFacial membership. Exfoliation is important for any skin type. Unlike microdermabrasion, which can further irritate dry or dehydrated skin, or chemical peels, which can cause inflammation and peeling, HydraFacial is gentle enough to treat dry or dehydrated skin.

The Best Way to Nurture Your Dry or Dehydrated Skin

In addition to soothing and refreshing your dull skin, a HydraFacial is also highly customizable.

Every one of these hydrodermabrasion treatments start with the removal of dead skin cells and rehydration of your skin. Some HydraFacial treatments also include LED light therapy to diffuse redness and stimulate production of collagen and elastin.

The benefits of a HydraFacial (soft, smooth and glowing results) are instant!

To learn more about achieving healthy and hydrated skin with HydraFacial in North Idaho, call the studio or head to our website: https://www.beautyatthelake.com/hydrafacials

Wishing you a glowing season,

Beauty at the Lake


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