Dermalogica explains how to conquer dehydrated and dry skin.


We’ve created the ultimate list of skincare products to relieve dehydrated and dry skin based on research from Dermalogica.

If you’ve researched your skin type on the internet before, odds are you’ve noticed that buzz words such as “dry” and “dehydrated” are used interchangeably to describe tight, flaky skin. As someone with (very) dry skin myself, I decided to go down the skincare rabbit hole to see if dry and dehydrated skin are the same thing, and which skincare products I should be using! Thanks to Dermalogica, I’m able to share what products you need to be using on dry or dehydrated skin.


 Dehydrated vs Dry skin: what does Dermalogica say?

After referring to a trustworthy source, AKA a Dermalogica article on dry versus dehydrated skin types, I discovered that there’s actually no such thing as a dehydrated skin type. Dehydrated skin is a condition which means your skin is lacking water, and can be caused by weather, diet, makeup… and the list goes on.

 I’ve always considered my skin to be a combination – on my cheeks and around my nose my skin feels like the Sahara Desert, whereas my forehead area tends to get oily. However, after only one session with a dermatologist, it turns out that my skin is not only combination but also severely dehydrated (Oops!).

Now we know the main differences between dry and dehydrated skin:

    • Dry skin is a skin type

    • Dehydrated skin is a skin condition

Let's dig a little deeper.


What causes dry skin?

Unlike dehydrated skin, dry skin occurs naturally, meaning you’re born with it. Those with dry skin types experience dryness all over their body, especially dry skin around the mouth, dry skin on face, eyebrows, inside of the arms, and thighs. Lotion and moisturizer who? The moment you put them on your palm...poof, they’ve vanished.

Normal skin will produce a good amount of sebum (oil) which helps the skin to stay hydrated and happy. Dry skin, on the other hand, is short of sebum so to gain back that much-needed protection the skin creates a thick surface layer to protect against external factors.


Other signs and symptoms of dry skin:

    • Flakes
    • Rough texture
    • Itchiness
    • Cracks
    • Peeling skin


How do I treat dry skin?

The best way you can take care of dry skin is to replenish the skin with easily absorbed oils. The best way to do this is to buy oil-based products and add them to your daily routine. I’ve included a list below of our personal favourite online skincare:

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Payot Winter Is Coming Morning Mask | $13.00

Treat dry skin with the Payot Winter Is Coming Mask, which is enriched with avocado oil to deeply nourish dry, tight skin. Apply this mask on a clean, dry face. Wait 15 minutes, then peel it off. Gently massage it in so the fatty acids are absorbed, leaving your skin soft and plump. This mask is perfect for a luxurious pamper day when you’re able to spend a bit more time on your skincare!



Payot Hydra24+ Levres Lip Balm 4g | $23.00

Take care of dry, cracked lips with the Payot Hydra24+ Levres Lip Balm 4g .

This ultra-softening lip balm is formulated with vitamin C and E which produce collagen and antioxidants, for hydrated, supple lips.

Dermalogica Ultra Dry Skin Pack | $150.35

Dermalogica Ultra Skin Pack has all the dry skin essentials in just one pack. This luxurious kit features Hyaluronic Acid to help moisturize and rebalance the skin's microbiomes. You can find more Dermalogica products which suited for your skin type in our shop.


What causes dehydrated skin?

On the other hand, dehydrated skin means you’re severely lacking water. As opposed to dry skin, dehydrated skin creates more oil to compensate for this lack of water. Overproduction of oil is never a good sign, as this can lead to irritation and breakouts (yikes).

What can lead to dehydrated skin?
    • Diet
    • Weather
    • Caffeine
    • Over exfoliation 
    • Low-quality makeup (if you sleep in your makeup, yes, I'm talking to you too!)


Other signs and symptoms of dehydrated skin
    • Fine lines
    • Light-headedness
    • Dull skin
    • Under eye bags
    • Wrinkles


Hot tip:

According to Dermalogica, you can also try the famous "skin pinch test" to see whether your skin is dehydrated or not. Pinch the skin on your hand or lower arm, hold it for a few seconds; if the skin wrinkles or takes longer to return to normal, it's a sign you are dehydrated!


How to treat dehydrated skin?

Before doing anything else, grab your water bottle and start chugging. The best way to treat dehydrated skin is to keep your body hydrated, however products with a water base are the best topical solution. Ingredients such as Glycolic Acid, BHAs, and Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid are worth looking out for.

These acids will reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They also boost the overall texture of your skin.

If you’re looking for products to help relieve dehydrated skin, check these babies out:

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BOOST LAB 2D-Hyaluronic Hydro Boost Serum 30ml | $29.95

The winner of Gloss Car Awards 2021, BOOST LAB 2D-Hyaluronic Hydro Boost Serum 30ml works best for super dehydrated skin. By containing two types of Hyaluronic Acid in its formula, it gives your skin the extra moisturization it needs and creates a soft silky layer. It also decreases sensitivity and irritation by attracting water and hydration to the skin.


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Payot Hydra 24+ Gel-Creme Sorbet 50ml | $103.00

If you have the same skin type and condition as me, I mean dehydrated combination skin (Duh!), this product is for you. Payot Hydra 24+ is a melt-in-cream-gel that regains skin hydration, delays signs of aging, and leaves no greasy trace behind. Formulated with ingredients such as creatine and vitamin C helps the skin produce more collagen.

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Dermalogica Smart Response Serum 30ml | $168.80

Want to make your skin feel like a baby's butt? Well, this serum is for you!

Dermalogica’s Smart Response Serum first recognizes micro-changes in the skin and then activates the key ingredients to fix those damages (genius!)

It helps your skin to keep an optimal hydration level. Ingredients such as Gallic Acid help to reduce redness and provide a firming effect.



If you think that your oily skin has nothing to do with dehydration, you’re probably wrong! So just to make sure, Dermalogica recommends visiting a professional (if you can) to help figure out your skin type and condition. Based on their advice, buy the skincare products that will work best for you and can easily relieve your dehydrated or dry skin!