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Dry vs Dehydrated Skin

There’s a lot more to know about skin than just simply oily or dry, and misconceptions about dry skin in particular tend to become prevalent in the winter months. For example, dry skin is not as simple as a lack of water or moisture. If you’re experiencing feelings of dryness, such as irritation or tight and uncomfortable skin, there’s a chance that your skin may be dehydrated.

Skin dehydration is classed as a skin condition, it can be improved and alleviated given the right care and active technology and can affect any skin type. Dry skin however is a skin type. It’s caused by a low production of oil, meaning your skin simply does not produce enough oil to keep it naturally nourished.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is a skin type that is based on your genetics, but can also change intrinsically as we age. This means that if you did not always have a dry skin type, it may become drier with age as skin begins too slow in the production of oil and sebum. If you can see shine on your face, your skin is producing oil and therefore is not classified as dry.

With less oil being produced, the skin barrier’s ability to retain water and moisture is affected, leaving those with dry skin struggling to lock in that essential moisture.

Skin may feel tight and irritated, with a flaky appearance and possibly experience some itchiness. Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis may also increase with dry skin, so it is very important to treat this skin type accordingly.

Dehydrated Skin

One of the most notable differences between dehydrated skin and dry skin is that, due to it being a condition and not a skin type, dehydrated skin can be treated and relieved. As well as this, skin dehydration can affect any skin type, even those with oily skin

Dehydrated skin is directly connected to water retention within the skin. Water loss from the skin is called trans-epidermal water loss, and the most effective way to keep skin hydrated is to minimise this.

Factors that may lead to skin dehydration are exclusively environmental. Weather, diet, diuretics and even central heating can all be playing their part in dehydrating your skin.

When lacking hydration, skin often feels tight and uncomfortable, and experiences congestion and inflammation. Your complexion will also look dull, with fine lines and dark circles being extenuated.


Due to advanced science, we have been able to develop a range suited too treating both dry and dehydrated skin. AMRA Caviar Hydrating not only contains Vitamins and essential fatty acids perfect for treating dry skin but includes a bi-function probiotic and hyaluronic acid essential for locking in water for dehydrated skin.

Hyaluronic Acid improves cell cohesion, therefore improving the skin barrier and its ability to retain water and hydration, while a bi-function probiotic optimises skins hydration levels, preventing trans-epidermal water loss. An essential for Dehydrated skin.

Vitamins, fatty acids and amino acids work synergistically in Caviar Hydrating to heal the skin barrier and restore the skins natural balance, giving Dry skin the nutrients it needs to feel truly moisturised.

For a routine designed to provide skin with ultimate hydration, begin with Caviar Hydrating Cleansing Face Wash, and follow with Caviar Hydrating Moisturiser and Face Mask.

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