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Dry Vs. Dehydrated Skin

A healthy glow and a dewy complexion is a sign of healthy skin, so it’s only natural that skin looking and feeling dry becomes a growing concern among patients, especially as the weather changes. Dryness and dehydration are both words that get thrown around without truly knowing the significance. However, there is a difference between these two skin concerns and treatment options will vary according to each patient. But how do you know the difference?

Let us help explain and guide you as to what your skin needs.

The best way to understand your skin is by booking a complimentary consultation with one of our friendly staff members so we can help guide you.


Dry skin is often a long-term condition inf

luenced by genetics, medical conditions, hormones or simply be a part of the natural aging process. Dry skin is a skin type, like oily or combination skin, where the complexion lacks oils, or lipids, so it takes on a more flaky, dry appearance. It can also show redness, irritation, increased incidence of psoriasis, dermatitis or eczema. While some people are be born with naturally dry skin, it can also be caused by factors such as extreme hot and cold temperatures and at times harsh skincare products can strip the skin.

Dry skin needs to be managed daily to maintain skin health. ZO's approach requires starting with the basics. A customized Getting Skin Ready protocol for dry skin types is the best place to start—Hydrating Cleanser, Exfoliating Polish, Calming Toner and Hydrating Creme all work synergistically to minimize dryness and infuse the skin with hydration.

This can be used for short periods of time as a cure or can be used

as part of the daily regimen on certain area if dryness persists. Everyone's skin is different and requires a customized approach so the best way to start if this is your concern is to book a complimentary consultation for a thorough understanding of what your skin needs.


Dehydrated skin is more of a temporary condition. Like with dry skin, dehydrated skin is often an issue associated with a damaged skin barrier.

A damaged skin barrier cannot adequately maintain water and moisture levels in the skin. Dehydrated skin can appear duller; fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles may become more prominent due to a lack of moisture. Dehydrated skin can

also be effected by a lack of water consumption or extreme weather conditions. If you notice a lack of elasticity in your skin, as well as pronounced fine lines and wrinkles, it may not be a sign of premature aging, but a symptom of dehydrated skin. It’s an issue that can affect anyone and all skin types.

Using medical grade skincare such as ZO Skin Health can reduce overall dryness and improve the health of one's skin function. For mild symptoms of dryness, using the Renewal Crème in the AM and for more moderate symptoms, using the Recovery Crème, which is Renewal Crème’s richer cousin also clinically proven to improve signs of aging skin.

Preventing and correcting dry and dehydrated skin with ZO Skin Health is essential along with chemical free makeup such as Jane Iredale! It does

not just stop at skincare- most times your makeup can affect your skin drastically and reverse what you are trying to achieve with your daily skincare.

Both in-clinic and at home treatments are recommended along with a ZO medical skincare regimen and daily re-application of sunscreen!

Receiving the best results means that you have to stay consistent with the use of your at home products and in clinic treatments.

If you are looking for results, please go ahead and book a Complimentary Consultation so we can help guide you towards looking your best.



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