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Dehydrated or dry skin? Is there a difference?

November 19, 2019 4 min read

Dehydrated or dry skin? Is there a difference?

So how do you know if you have dehydrated or dry skin (yes, there is a difference) and what can you do about it?

If you suffer with a flaky, itchy or a lack-lustre complexion and wrinkles seem to be appearing at an alarming rate – do you put it down to your skin being dehydrated or do you assume you have dry skin?  So many different factors can affect the condition of your skin.  Even the weather can affect the condition of your skin, however, there are also other factors that can contribute to dehydrated or dry skin conditions including pollution, diet, caffeine, health issues, medication, and alcohol.  It could even be something as simple as you’re not drinking enough water.  Dry skin and dehydrated skin are quite different even though the symptoms can look and feel very similar.


Aequora skincare products contain hydrating ingredients and are formulated to increase the amount of water in your skin’s cells, which helps promote a healthy, smooth, and supple complexion. It’s important to ensure your skin is hydrated before you can add moisture. Did you know that your skin contains 64% water?

When we consider moisturising our skin it’s good to understand the natural oils (sebum) in your skin that work to protect and nourish it.  It’s important to have a balance to prevent excessive dryness and help fight against premature ageing.

Following a good skin care routine is an effective way of locking in moisture into our skin.  For example, it’s important to apply a lighter serum (as serums are water based for hydration) before a heavier moisturiser or face oil in an effort to lock in both hydration and moisture. We recommend using our Pure Hydrating & Brightening Serum before applying our Brightening & Restorative Face Oil.


Dry skin lacks oil and is generally  due to a  genetic or  hormonal imbalance which inhibits your skin’s sebum production. When you reach the 40 plus age range over 50% of adults suffer from dry skin, so you’re definitely more susceptible to having dry skin as you get older.  The sad news is that dry skin cannot be reversed, but you can apply products containing nourishing plant oils such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil and jojoba oil, as well as essential oils like lavender and frankincense, all of which are great for dry skin and are feature in our range of Australian Botanical skincare.


  • Flaking, scaling, or peeling
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Skin feels tight—especially after bathing/showering
  • Irritation
  • Fine lines or possibly cracks
  • Rough texture


Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that can be controlled although the natural ageing process is a battle we all have to fight.  A healthy diet and lifestyle can improve the appearance of dehydrated skin but equally important is maintaining a thorough skin care routine.


  • Dull and feels tight
  • Itchiness
  • Dullness
  • Darker circles or shadows around the eyes
  • Increased appearance of fine lines and surface wrinkles

Dehydration happens when the body loses too much water.  Remember to consume on average eight glasses or around 2 litres of water daily.

At Aequora, we take skincare seriously but we don’t like to take life too seriously, so when we list the top tips for keeping skin hydrated, we not only reckon much of this comes down to common knowledge but we also like to think that you have to live a little also!

So, here’s the tips for keeping your skin hydrated:

DRINK LESS ALCOHOL (IF AT ALL) – OK, tricky (let me tell you, I know!)

DRINK LESS COFFEE (virtually impossible also!)

STOP SMOKING ( seriously, who smokes these days?)

STAY HYDRATED DURING YOUR WORKOUT (Note to self – must work out more often!)

GET PLENTY OF SLEEP ( I’m good at this one!)

EAT MORE PLANT-BASED FOODS ( yep – eat your greens!)


Even if you’re following a healthy lifestyle, you still need to put into practice a good skin care routine.

Along with nourishing plant extracts and essential oils, look for products that contain hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and plant/flower extracts to provide moisture. Choose a moisturiser that hydrates your skin without being too heavy—a thick, heavy formula can actually make your skin break out without actually treating the problem at hand.  Our Body Moisturising Lotion is an easily absorbed all-over body moisturiser suitable for all skin types.

Even if you treat yourself to regular facials, it’s what you do on a daily basis that really counts.

Remember, dehydrated skin lacks water—not oil. The good news is that unlike dry skin that’s categorised as a challenging skin type, a dehydrated complexion is manageable because you only need to make lifestyle changes to improve it.

Our products are all formulated to keep your skin perfectly hydrated and moisturised.  Shop our range of 100% natural Australian Botanical skincare at

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