What’s The Difference Between Dry Skin And Dehydrated Skin?

As we get deeper into fall and its cooler temperatures, many of us experience dryer skin from being exposed to artificial heat. It’s normal, and it happens to nearly everyone. But is your skin simply dry and in need of extra moisturizer, or is your skin dehydrated? What’s the difference, and how can your skin look and feel dewy, soft, and healthy?


What is dry skin?

Dry skin is caused by a lack of lipids that compose your skin’s moisture barrier. While most times this is a result of genetics, it can also happen when your skin is exposed to heat or cold, hormonal imbalances, your medications or age, as well as using the wrong or no products.


Dry skin needs to be managed daily to maintain skin health. A customized ZO Skin Health Getting Skin Ready (GSR) protocol is the best place to start — including Hydrating Cleanser, Exfoliating Polish, and Growth Factor Serum. This GSR protocol works together to minimize dryness and infuse the skin with hydration.


Most cleansers strip your skin of its natural moisture, but ZO’s Hydrating Cleanser is specially formulated to retain moisture during cleansing. It calms and soothes the skin while removing dirt, oil, and makeup without leaving a greasy residue.


Dead skin cells clog pores and make your skin look uneven and dull. ZO’s Exfoliating Polish contains Magnesium crystals that naturally exfoliate your skin to restore its smoother texture and leave it with a healthy glow.


The last step of the GSR protocol is ZO’s Growth Factor Serum. Formulated with a combination of plant and enzymatically derived growth factors, this serum is clinically proven to improve the overall appearance of your skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, restore hydration and reinforce your skin’s protective barrier.

What is dehydrated skin?

Unlike dry skin, dehydrated skin is a temporary condition, but it’s also caused by a problem with your skin’s natural moisture barrier. If this barrier is damaged, it cannot adequately maintain water and moisture levels in the skin. Dehydrated skin can also be caused by a lack of water consumption and extreme weather conditions. If you notice a lack of elasticity in your skin, as well as pronounced fine lines and wrinkles, it may not be a sign of premature aging, but a symptom of dehydrated skin. It’s an issue that can affect anyone, even those with naturally oily skin.


Healthy skincare and wellness habits are needed to treat dehydrated skin, like drinking the right amount of water daily and receiving additional hydration from electrolytes or via IV hydration therapy.


ZO’s Renewal Crème is a lightweight, fast-absorbing hydrator that is clinically proven to revitalize the appearance of dehydrated skin. It promotes rapid moisture replenishment with a weightless feel to support a healthy protective barrier.

Dry skin and dehydrated skin may look the same, but not every person with dry skin has dehydrated skin, and not every person with dehydrated skin has a dry skin type. Schedule your free consultation and let the experienced treatment providers at Pure Vive Med Spa recommend the best skin care products to help you regain your skin’s dewy glow today.

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