Dry skin is a common skin type that occurs when the skin’s protective moisture barrier is disturbed by external factors like harsh soaps or exposure to extreme temperatures. Some skin conditions, for example, psoriasis and eczema, also heighten the likelihood of dry skin. As does getting older. Luckily, Celltone offers plentiful skin care products for dry skin.

Not sure what your skin type is? You can find out how to identify your skin type over here.

What is the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?

Understanding the distinction between dry skin and dehydrated skin is crucial for effective skincare. Dry skin is a skin type characterised by insufficient sebum production, leading to a lack of natural moisture. On the other hand, dehydrated skin is a condition resulting from insufficient water content in the skin cells.

Dehydrated skin symptoms

Signs of dehydration include a dull appearance, tired eyes or dark circles under the eyes, increased skin sensitivity, and premature signs of ageing, like surface wrinkles. You can easily establish if your skin is dehydrated by doing the pinch test on your cheek, chest, or back of your hand. 

How to do the pinch test: Pinch a small amount of skin and hold for a few seconds. If your skin bounces right back into shape, you are likely not dehydrated. But if it takes time to lose the pinched shape, you might be dehydrated.

To treat dehydrated skin, you can improve your hydration by consuming water-rich foods like cucumbers, strawberries, and watermelon. In addition to drinking sufficient amounts of water, you should also limit alcohol and caffeine intake because both are diuretics that can increase your chances of dehydration.

Honey, glycerine, and aloe might be best for a dehydrated skin routine. Plant oils, nut oils, mineral oils, and lanolin oils are more suitable for treating dry skin. However, dehydrated skin and dry skin can benefit from products with hyaluronic acid and ceramides.

What causes dry skin?

A dry skin type is a result of insufficient moisturising agents because of a disruption to the skin’s protective barrier. External factors that can lead to dry skin include seasonal changes, such as cold weather and low humidity, as well as exposure to hot water and harsh skincare products.

Dry skin symptoms

The first sign of dry skin is a sense of tightness or stiffness that causes discomfort on the face and body, especially after washing. Left untreated, dry skin can lead to itching, flaking, and cracking.

How do you care for a dry skin type?

Washing your face with a gentle cleanser is the first step in a good skin care routine for dry skin. A face wash designed for dry skin will be mild enough to lift the dirt and bacteria on the skin without disturbing the skin’s defensive barrier. Then, apply a moisturiser for dry skin to help your skin restore its natural protective layer. 

Celltone skin care for dry skin

  • Celltone Face Wash is paraben and perfume-free. Formulated to easily remove residue and dirt, this dry-skin-friendly face wash contains chamomile, jasmine, and witch-hazel extracts, which help to condition and moisturise the skin. 
  • Celltone Cleansing Lotion is a soap-free cleanser infused with vitamin B5, vitamin E, and vitamin C. You can use this after washing with Celltone Face Wash: Simply put some of this cleanser on a piece of cotton wool, then gently wipe away stubborn dirt and make-up.
  • Next, don’t rinse. Follow the Celltone Cleansing Lotion with the Celltone Facial Toner, enriched with rose water, oat and wheat extracts, it helps to moisturise the skin while restoring its pH levels.
  • You can moisturise your face with Celltone Tissue Oil (available in 60ml, 125ml and 200ml). It is easily absorbed and contains seven beneficial oils: Grapeseed oil for its fatty acids, lanolin oil locks in the moisture, lavender oil helps to minimise inflammation, Bisabolol as well as chamomile oil accelerate cell and tissue renewal, rose oil improves the skin’s texture, and lime oil aids in soothing the skin. Celltone Tissue Oil is also clinically proven to reduce scars and stretch marks.
  • Celltone’s Tissue Oil Body Butter (400g) is ideal for daily use and is formulated for intense hydration, so it offers serious nourishment for dry skin. 

It is always a good idea to simplify your skin care routine and to introduce new products one at a time. Sometimes, our skin can get worse before it gets better – try to stick it out. And remember – consistency is key. 

Wash your face twice a day and be gentle when doing so. This means using water that is not too hot and drying your face by patting it rather than wiping it with a towel. 

Embrace a dedicated skincare routine for dry skin to unlock the full potential of your skin’s natural beauty.

Celltone’s products are available online and at pharmacies nationwide.

If you have any product questions or if you want to speak to our experts, you are welcome to #AskCelltone by sending us a WhatsApp message to +27 609 966 087.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that the information provided on this site is for educational purposes only and does not provide a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult a qualified healthcare provider for any questions or skin concerns.