Dry skin is a lack of sebum and can be prone to sensitivity. The skin has a parched look caused by its inability to retain moisture. Dryness is exacerbated by wind, extremes of temperature and air-conditioning, all of which cause the skin to flake, chap and feel tight. Dry skin is generally a precursor to sensitized skin because when skin is dry, it is depleted of its natural protective barrier.
What is the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?
Dry skin refers to skin that is lacking in oil. Dehydrated skin is characterised by a lack of moisture in the stratum corneum (the outer most layer of the epidermis).
There are a number of dry skin treatments and products to address this issue – take a look out our dry skin and dehydrated skin product recommendations from the three skincare product range options on the right hand side of this page.