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Is Your Skin Dry or Dehydrated? Here’s How to Tell The Difference

One of the most common questions KYPRIS aestheticians receive is how to know if your skin is dry or dehydrated (or both), and how to address it. Let’s break it down!


Dry Skin

Someone with dry skin is likely to have been experiencing dryness most of their life.

Looks Like:

  • Flaky
  • Red
  • Can occasionally mask itself as combination oily/dry skin, as dry skin overproduces oil to compensate for barrier disruption

Feels Like:

  • Rough
  • Itchy
  • Thin
  • Uncomfortable redness or flaking under a slick of oil

Needs: Moisture (oil!)

Do:

  • Use an ultra gentle, non-drying cleanser
  • Moisturize thoroughly day and night with facial oils and lucious moisturizers
  • Gently exfoliate skin weekly to encourage natural sloughing and ensure excess dead skin doesn’t stand in the way of your moisturizer doing its job
  • Incorporate hydration into your skincare routine with adequate moisture to nurture your skin’s barrier

Don’t:

  • Don’t use a cleanser that will strip or irritate skin - foaming cleansers, and even some creamy ones, can masquerade as gentle but are actually made with drying ingredients
  • Don’t over-exfoliate skin - this will strip skin of the lipids it needs
  • Don’t only apply hydration (like serums and gels) without sufficient oils and moisturizers
  • Don’t assume because something stings, it’s working. Your skincare should never hurt or itch

KYPRIS Regimen:

  1. Step One - Cleanse skin with Gentle, Non-Foaming, Creme Cleanser Concentrate.
  2. Step Two - Using Beauty Elixir I: 1,000 Roses (richest formula, for rose lovers) or Beauty Elixir III: Prismatic Array (for those with scent sensitivities), and Antioxidant Dew Hydrating Serum (plus Moonlight Catalyst Nighttime Serum as desired in the PM for gentle exfoliation and refinement), create a custom micro emulsion with a slightly higher ratio of Beauty Elixir for extra moisture. For example, you may start with 3 drops Antioxidant Dew Serum + 5 drops Beauty Elixir Oil, and adjust as your skin desires.

    • What is a micro emulsion? When you create a micro-emulsion, an oil-based Beauty Elixir is blended at your fingertips with a water based KYPRIS Serum. The result is customized wax-free moisture (from the oil!) and hydration (from the serum!) calibrated to your specific preferences and desired benefits. This unique combination sinks into skin beautifully.
    • Those with dry skin are more likely to also experience dehydrated skin, making this hydrating and moisturizing duo an important step.
  3. Step Three - Generously apply Puff of Love Nurturing Anytime Moisturizer overtop for pillowy, brightening, soothing moisture crafted to care for the outermost layers of your skin. Luscious plant waxes cocoon your skin to ensure a dewy, soft, glowing complexion.
  4. Step Four - In the AM, protect your skin’s barrier from sun damage with Pot of Shade: Heliotropic SPF 30 & Primer.


Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin lacks water, a condition that all complexion types can experience, even those with very oily skin. Day-to-day life - like insufficient water consumption, increased exposure to hot air or cold air, hot water, strong wind, and breastfeeding without proper rehydration - can lead to dehydrated skin, and in some cases extensive sun damage can lead to chronically dehydrated skin. There are also circumstances like chemotherapy, menopause, and a whole array of conditions or medications, like Retin A, that can lead to dehydration.


Looks Like:

  • Dull
  • Papery Skin
  • Darker under eye area
  • Increased appearance of fine lines and surface wrinkles

Feels Like:

  • Tight
  • Itchy

Needs: Hydration (water!)

Do:

  • Drink adequate water daily!
  • Use an ultra gentle, non-stripping cleanser
  • Quench skin thoroughly day and night with water-based serums and appropriate oils and moisturizers
  • Provide extra hydration as needed with soothing water-based mask treatments
  • Gently exfoliate skin weekly to ensure sluggish dead skin cells do not impede your skin care from performing
  • Lock in hydrating products with lucious moisturizers
  • Wear a non-drying SPF like its your bestie

Don’t:

  • Don’t over-exfoliate skin
  • Don’t over-expose skin to drying elements (hot air/water, strong wind, etc.)
  • Don’t get too much or too little sun
  • Don’t only use hydration and no oils or moisturizers - beautiful skin requires both
  • Don’t over consume refined sugar or alcohol

KYPRIS Regimen:

  1. Step One - Gently cleanse skin with Gentle, Non-Foaming, Creme Cleanser Concentrate.
  2. Step Two - Using Beauty Elixir I: 1,000 Roses (richest formula, for rose lovers) or Beauty Elixir III: Prismatic Array (for those with scent sensitivities), and Antioxidant Dew Hydrating Serum (plus Moonlight Catalyst Nighttime Serum as desired in the PM for gentle exfoliation and refinement), create a custom micro emulsion with a slightly higher ratio of Antioxidant Dew Serum for extra quenching hydration and moisture. For example, you may start with 5 drops Antioxidant Dew Serum + 3 drops Beauty Elixir Oil, and adjust as your skin desires.

    • What is a micro emulsion? When you create a micro-emulsion, an oil-based Beauty Elixir is blended at your fingertips with a water based KYPRIS Serum. The result is customized wax-free moisture (from the oil!) and hydration (from the serum!) calibrated to your specific preferences and desired benefits. This unique combination sinks into skin beautifully.
  3. Step Three - Generously apply Puff of Love Nurturing Anytime Moisturizer overtop for pillowy, brightening, soothing moisture crafted to care for the outermost layers of your skin. Luscious plant waxes cocoon your skin to ensure a dewy, soft, glowing complexion.
  4. Step Four - In the AM, protect your skin’s barrier from sun damage with Pot of Shade: Heliotropic SPF 30 & Primer.

    Round out your routine as desired:

Care for delicate, dehydrated eye areas to Ad Astra Rich Nighttime Eye Cream, and Illuminating Eye Daytime Serum & Primer as desired.

 

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