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Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin: What’s the Difference?

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Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin What’s the Difference

People often feel that their skin feels dry at some point of their lives. Skin dryness is temporary, and environmental factors, like extreme temperatures, usually cause it. Dryness and dehydration may be similar, but they’re two different things.


What is Dry Skin

What is Dry Skin?

Dry skin is a skin type similar to oily or combination skin. They are characterized by a long-term deficiency of sebum, or skin oil, and typically present with persistent symptoms like itching and tightness. Environmental factors like the weather worsen these symptoms. Dry skin can extend to any part of your body, like your scalp, elbows or hands. Our bodies change as we age, so our skin will begin to feel more dry.

Here’s what you’ll notice if you have dry skin:

  • Dull & rough complexion
  • White flakes peeling
  • Redness or irritation
  • Scaly appearance

What is Dehydrated Skin

What is Dehydrated Skin?

Healthy skin typically consists of 30% water, maintaining the skin’s plumpness. Dehydrated skin, however, refers to the lack of water. They are a temporary condition. Anyone can experience dehydrated skin, even those with oily skin. Nonetheless, dry skin is more likely to experience dehydrated skin because of the lack of natural oils that help maintain moisture and prevent water loss. Dehydration often feels tight and dull and may have fine lines and wrinkles.

ou may have dehydrated skin if you have the following issues:

Do you need to check if your skin is dehydrated? You can use a simple method called the pinch test to find out. Here’s how:

  • Pinch a small area of skin on your cheek, abdomen, chest, or the back of your hand, and hold it for a few seconds.
  • If the skin snaps back immediately, it’s probably not dehydrated.
  • If the skin takes a few seconds to return to its normal position, you likely have dehydrated skin.
  • You can try the test on other areas of your skin if you want to check for consistency.


Can You Have Both Dry and Dehydrated Skin

Can You Have Both Dry and Dehydrated Skin?

Yes! You can have a dry skin type and sometimes get dehydrated, too. If that’s the case, you’ll need to add oil and water to your routine or apply an ingredient that takes care of both. Either way, you can try the treatments below to get your skin back to tip-top condition!


How you can treat your skin!

Skin Boosters

Skin boosters are treatments that help to treat a variety of skin concerns like fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars; they are also effective in helping to hydrate the skin. They are injectable skin treatments formulated to help hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. One of the benefiting aspects of skin boosters is that they are suitable for any skin type and age range (provided the patient is over 18 years old).

Unlike dermal fillers injected beneath the skin, skin boosters are injected directly nearer into the skin surface to hydrate the tissues and provide moisturizing properties intensively. They are helpful with reducing the appearance of wrinkles, hence, providing a youthful glow for the patients. Dermal fillers help restore volume loss or contour the face, but skin boosters are soft and do not change the overall face shape. They are helpful for those who wish to fix their dried-up skin without going under the knife.

Here are the benefits of skin boosters:

  • Boosts skin hydration
  • Increases skin elasticity
  • Reduces fine lines & wrinkles
  • Improves acne scars




When it comes to dry skin, cell turnover time is often prolonged, meaning that the movement of skin cells from deeper layers to the surface takes longer than the typical 28-day cycle. As a result, the skin can appear rough, dry, and unhealthy. Exfoliation effectively eliminates the dead skin layer, revealing a fresher and more vibrant complexion. This is where Microdermabrasion facials come in to help with your dry skin!

Kowayo Microdermabrasion facials are facials with multiple steps to deeply exfoliate skin and hydrate the skin with moisturizing ingredients. It includes Such products as moisturising masks or serums are designed to help hydrate and nourish dry skin. These products can help infuse the skin with much-needed moisture, leaving it softer and supple.

Microdermabrasion is a form of physical exfoliation that uses device with gentle suction force to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells. By removing these dead skin cells, the skin can absorb better moisturising products, which can help alleviate dryness. Removing these dead skin barriers allows moisturising products to be easily absorbed into the skin, providing more effective hydration. Besides that, facial massages help improve blood flow to the skin, which promotes hydration and nourishment. Massaging the face helps stimulate the production of natural oils within the skin, which helps alleviate dryness.

Microneedling can be an effective treatment for dry skin, as it can help to stimulate collagen production and improve the absorption of moisturisers. During a micro-needling session, tiny needles create small punctures in the skin, which triggers the body’s natural healing response and promotes collagen and elastin production.

This increase in collagen can help improve the skin’s overall texture and appearance. Additionally, because the micro-injuries created by the needles allow for better absorption of topical skincare products, micro-needling can enhance your skincare routine’s effectiveness and help provide deeper hydration and nourishment to the skin.


Treat your skin today at Kowayo Aesthetic Clinic! 

At Kowayo Aesthetic Clinic Singapore, we understand the frustration of dealing with dry and dehydrated skin. That’s why we offer a variety of treatments to help you achieve your best skin yet! From Skin Boosters to microdermabrasion facials and micro-needling, our team of licensed professionals is here to help you get the most out of your skincare routine.

Healthy skin is achievable for everyone, and we’re committed to providing personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs and concerns. Whether dealing with rough, dry skin or looking for a more radiant complexion, we’re here to help!

Combining in-clinic treatments and at-home care, you can achieve the beautiful, healthy skin you’ve always wanted. So why wait? Contact Kowayo Aesthetic Clinic today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards glowing, hydrated skin!