By Rebecca Lembcke

Winter is rapidly approaching and there are plenty of questions about what to do about dry and dehydrated skin. The words are used interchangeably creating a lot of confusion but once you understand the difference between the two, it makes treating your skin so much easier.

How can I tell if i’m dry or dehydrated?
Are you feeling:

Irritated and inflamed
Or seeing a lack of luster and even tone?

A true dry skin is a lack of oil. It can also suffer from dehydration.

Dry skin may become more vulnerable with seasonal change particularly if there is dehydration present from outside aggressors such as climate and lifestyle.

A dehydrated skin can affect any skin type; even oily skins can still feel tight and dry.
This may fluctuate seasonally, with lifestyle factors or incorrect product use.
Dehydration occurs when there is water loss from the body resulting in a lack of moisture on the top layer of the skin.
This top layer acts as our first line of defense- a protective barrier. When it is impaired or gone completely- our skin is vulnerable and sensitive to many things.

A good way to think of it is that dry is a ‘skin type’ which cannot be changed, and dehydration is a skin ‘condition’ which can be treated by eliminating or protecting against the trigger.

What are some triggers of dehydration/impaired barrier?

Topical (product use)- The incorrect products for your skin may be ‘stripping’ away your protective top barrier- leading to moisture loss through evaporation and also may create sensitivity.
Some things to avoid topically- perfumes and fragrances in skincare (natural or synthetic),  avoiding harsh micro bead scrubs and toners, avoid any product which makes your skin feel tight.
Things to use- Well formulated cosmeceutical skincare to replenish, hydrate and protect your skin without the drying, sensitising effects.

Environmental – Exposure to the sun can lead to excess water loss as can icy cold wind in the cold winter months. There is less water in the air throughout winter which makes the skin less dewy. Your indoor environment can be equally as dehydrating from artificial cooling and heating pulling away the moisture within your skin.

Tip- A biomimetic moisturiser is essential in protecting you from the harsh elements, and preventing redness and irritation while plumping your skin visibly. (

Lifestyle- Certain diets could be missing essential vitamins and minerals that your skin needs to function and stay healthy. Reduction in water consumption may also affect the levels of moisture in your skin.
Omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon and tuna are wonderful for boosting the skin and provide amazing anti-inflammatory benefit.
Almonds and Walnuts are rich in Biotin and help return moisture to your skin from within.  Your diet really is essential in delivering the nutrients necessary for all round health, which is essential for healthy skin on the outside.

Sentient Being offers many facial treatments, advanced Skin Analysis and stocks the Australian made and owned Cosmeceutical skincare range Ultraceuticals. Your therapist can treat your skin in clinic and prescribe a tailored home care system if desired to achieve optimum results.

To provide a pick me up for your Winter skin concerns, we are offering a $50 Microdermabrasion to kickstart your skin for you!

For more information about your health, dietary needs and how you can incorporate nutrition into your regime, make an appointment with Blaise our Naturopath, available every Wednesday.