The Battle of Dry vs Dehydrated Skin

The Battle of Dry vs Dehydrated Skin

By Kristine Seganti


I often have clients ask me what the difference is between dry skin and dehydrated skin. In fact, many of my clients are surprised that they have dehydrated skin!

Even though both dry and dehydrated skin have many similarities, there are several clear difference.   If any of you have dry skin, the chance of you knowing it are pretty high!

Here is a quick cheat sheet to determine whether a person has dry or dehydrated skin.

Although I have been in the esthetic industry for a long time, I still deal with my own personal dry skin condition, as this is a condition that I was born with and continues to change with age and weather patterns.

To better identify the habits of dry skin, I will give you an idea of my self care routine. Dry skin soaks up product very quickly, almost like a sponge to water! It feels and looks tight/taut, the pores are small and your skin will tend to flake easily if not properly cared for. After cleansing my skin, I can watch it appear to turn dry and cracked right before my eyes! To combat the dryness, for myself and clients, I like to PowerLayer self care products. When done with the right ingredients, you see and feel the hydration and moisture retention in skin immediately!

An easy way to test your level of dryness is by using a face blotting tissue. After properly cleansing your skin, press a face blotting tissue to the T-Zone area for about 10 seconds. If the tissue comes away clean, then you know you are lacking vital oil production that assists in keeping skin healthy and strong!

I have personally experienced an amazing decrease in dryness just by making a few changes to my self care products and lifestyle. Remember, using quality products and ingredients is the first step to self care. Tide for first is creating the right day and night regimens and being consistent!

Here are some of my self care product suggestions for Dry Skin:



Hydrating | Soothing | Cleansing

key ingredients: Allantoin, Potassium Cocoyl Clycinate, Glycerin

The Hydrating Cleanser is a unique cream cleanser that is PowerBlended to transform into a hydrating foam to gently cleanse normal to dry skin types without drying.  Allantoin soothes and softens dry skin, working together with Panthenol to hydrate and cleanse the skin thoroughly without irritation.  Suitable for normal to dry, dry, sensitized and mature skin types.

TIP: Add in the Green Apple Premium Cleansing Oil for a deeper and more hydrated cleanse.




Hydrating | Calming | Protecting

key ingredients: Witch Hazel Extract, Aloe Vera Gel, Chamomile, Allantoin, Ascorbic Acid

With concentrated Vitamin C and other antioxidants, the Dermaesthetics Beverly Hills Antioxidant Toner is a preventative shield that aids protection from premature aging.  PowerBlend of Aloe Vera and Allantoin are used to moisturize and condition; Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Candida Saitoana Extract,  and Vitamin E protects, nourishes and promotes repair of damaged skin cells.  Ideal for Normal, Dry, Sensitive and Mature skin types and conditions.





Preventing | Protecting

key ingredients: Ergothioneine, Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Chondroitin, Lecithin

Dermaesthetics Beverly Hills DNA Matrix Serum provides a vital shield for cells, and initiates the cellular reproduction process with a blend of active antioxidants. Exclusive Dermaesthetics PowerBlend of Ergothioneine and Sodium Chondroitin fight free radicals and MMP’s that breakdown the matrix of Collagen and Elastin while insuring optimal cellular function. Hyaluronic Acid retains the skin’s natural hydration levels as Lecithin smoothes, conditions and delivers actives deep into the skin.




Moisturizing | Correcting | Firming

key ingredients: Soluble Collagen, Chicory Root, Aloe Barbadensis, Lecithin, Panthenol, Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin

Advanced Collagen Formula is my day time moisturizer. It is intended to help rebuild and fortify areas of the skin where structural firmness has been lost.  PowerBlended with Soluble Collagen aims to lift and firm as Chicory Root initiates skin repair and collagen production.  Emollient Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E provide essential moisture and protection from damaging free radicals.


Moisturizing | Protecting | Healing Preventing

key ingredients: Tocopherol Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Niacinamide, Pyrus Malus Extract

This is my night time rich and nourishing antioxidant cream utilizes 10% Vitamin E to moisturize skin that is in desperate need of hydration and comfort.  Vitamin E reduces inflammation while healing and soothing tight, dry skin.  By leaving a protective barrier on the surface of the skin, Super Moisture Cream prevents moisture loss throughout the day and leaves even the driest skin feeling comfortable and supple. Vitamin A encourages healthy cell turnover and Apple Extract conditions the skin for a hydrated radiance.

Advanced Eye Care


Firming | Soothing | Hydrating

key ingredients: Aloe Vera, Allantoin, Soluble Collagen, Soluble Elastin


Perfect for all eyes, the Perfect Skin Eye Hydration Gel aims to improve the feeling of skin firmness around the eye and mouth area. Aloe Vera Gel and Allantoin provide an intensive moisture treatment to the eye area while the Castor Oil is utilized for its known ability to calm while hydrating. Soluble Collagen and Elastin firms and tones the skin for a fresher, younger appearance.

Advanced Protection



Protecting | Preventing | Rejuvenating

key ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, EGF, Alkyl Benzoate

EGF UV Shield is an effective sunblock that’s PowerBlended with sh-oligopeptide (EGF) to aid in the skin’s cellular regeneration while providing broad spectrum protection of SPF 50 and PA+++.


These products work specifically with my skin and my lifestyle. If you are still getting to learn the details of your skin and changes it goes through with weather and aging, then I strongly suggest giving one of these kits a test run. I know you will see a amazing repair and positive skin changes that will leave you hydrated and soothed!

When battling dryness, change in diet makes a big change from in the inside out. Increasing Omega 3’s, water intake and exercise are three things you can start immediately to see healthy skin results!




Stay on the look out for Part II, the continuation of, the Battle of Dry vs Dehydrated Skin.

Healthy Skin is a Healthy You!

xo, K

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