Some people use the terms “dry skin” and “dehydrated skin” interchangeably. But the two are actually very different.
Dry skin is a skin type that’s inherited through your genetics. It means that your skin doesn’t produce enough natural oils to stay properly hydrated. While dry skin can be improved with oil-infused skincare products, it can’t be changed outright.
Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a skin condition. It occurs when the water content of your skin is depleted by factors such as the weather, seasonal changes, an unhealthy diet, or other lifestyle choices. As such, oily or combination skin can also become dehydrated. Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition that can be resolved with lifestyle changes and skincare treatments.