The thing about dehydrated skin

Have you ever suffered from itchy, tight or dry skin?


I’m not just talking to girls with dry skin here, I know there are some of you out there who have experienced this, but who also describe their skin as ‘oily’. How is this possible?

Well, the truth is that there are two different conditions associated with ‘dry’ skin. There is dry skin as most of us know it, but you can also have dehydrated skin, even if your skin is oily.

I asked Sonette Donker from Skin iD Clinic (a veritable skin oracle in the industry – every Beauty Ed worth her weight in lipgloss has Sonette on speed dial) to explain the difference between dry and dehydrated skin.

“Firstly a dry skin is genetic (you are born with it and have it for the rest of your life) and is considered a skin type, whereas dehydration is caused by external elements, i.e. Air conditioning, diet, sun exposure etc, this makes it a skin condition that can change often.

A dry skin lacks oil; it has small (sebaceous) oil glands and produces very little oil. Often looking at this skin the pores are not visible and due to this not producing enough oil to protect the skin, this skin type ages very quickly. The upside is you very rarely have breakouts and never have an oily shine.

Every skin type including an oily skin type can suffer with dehydration. The skin is lacking water, not oil. For this reason an oily skin can be shiny and have plenty oil, but could feel tight at the same time. The best way to prevent dehydration is eating healthy, water containing foods such as fresh fruits, veggies and drink water. Then, make sure to invest in good hydrating products containing Hyaluronic acid and Aloe Vera.”

So, you see, the reason why your skin isn’t behaving as it should, may be because you have been treating dry skin instead of dehydrated skin (or vice versa) and using products that aren’t tackling the underlying problem.

Here are my pick of the best products to target dehydration in oily, combination and dry skins.


Oily and Combination

Johnson’s Face Care Hydration Essentials 2-in-1 Facial Gel/Mask for Normal to Combination Skin

Beaucience Day & Night Moisture cream for Normal/Combination Cream

Nivea Daily Essentials Shin Control Moisturising Day Cream for Combination & Oily Skin

Comfort Zone Active Pureness Hydra Fluid Liposomial Mattifying Face Hydrator

Eucerin DermoPurifyer Hydrating Care for Oily, Blemish-Prone Skin




Ordinary Skincare Extra Ordinary Day Cream SPF30

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Rich Cream

Noreva Aquareva Rich Texture Moisturising Cream

Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate



Dry & Dehydrated

Filorga Hydra Filler Pro-Youth Boosting Moisturizer

Environ Focus Hydrating Serum

BioNike Defence Hydra5 Booster Intensive Moisturising Fluid

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream


  • jaweria

    Hi! i have oily skin but i am confused which one in above mentioned will be suitable or beneficial. i will be gratefull if you guide me.

  • Rouge Beauty Girl

    Hi Jaweria

    It is a bit confusing, I know.
    Your skin can be oily, but lack moisture (water). The products listed under Oily & Combination skin are the ones that are suitable for your skin type. They will add moisture, but not make your skin oilier.

    Does this help? Let me know if you’re still unsure.


    Hey. I have a very oily skin and i have bought a Perfect Radiant Ponds Toner, Perfect Radiant Ponds Serum and a Perfect Radiant Dehydrating Day Cream.

    Are they going to work?

  • Rouge Beauty Girl

    Hi Maria

    Well, the radiance range is designed to fight pigmentation and uneven skin tone, so it will work for that…Not sure about very oily skin, sorry.