Although it is very important to take care of the skin, not many people pay attention to the texture of their skin. As winter approaches, skin is bound to feel dry and tight. So skin care routines have to change, but to do that one has to understand skin type.

There is a bit of confusion around dry and dehydrated skin. The terms are also often used interchangeably. But Glow & Green founder Ruchita Acharya says dry skin is the type of skin you’re born with. This happens due to an inherited lack of sebum (oil) in the skin, resulting in wrinkled, tight, dull, and flaky skin all over the body, not just the face. “When you apply any oil, serum or moisturizer, your skin absorbs the product immediately, no matter what the weather,” she says.

According to Acharya, dehydrated skin is a type of moisture/water content deficiency. “Dehydrated skin can sometimes be sensitive. It can face breakouts, especially during winter time, because you are using the wrong ingredients and skipping the moisturizer.”

How to treat dry and dehydrated skin in the winter months?

Acharya shares some simple tips. Continue reading.

Tip 1: Use pinch test to determine skin moisture/dry skin
The 3-second skin pinch test is a common way to determine if your skin is dehydrated or dry. Pinch the skin on your finger and see how long it takes to return to normal. If it takes time, it means that your skin is lacking water. If you see wrinkled, tight, and irritated skin at the corners of your eyelids, your skin is dry.

Tip 2: Don’t change too much of your skin care or body care routine
Listen to your skin condition and health first then change to one or two products at a time. If you have dehydrated skin, your skin may be prone to sensitivity.

Tip 3: Focus on holistic skin care, not just the face
Generally, when it comes to skin care, people focus only on facial skin. But you wear skin everywhere – hands, body, lips, under eyes. And you have to deal with cold weather all over your skin, so why not think holistically.

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