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Dry or Dehydrated? There is a difference.

It’s time to set the record straight to ensure you’re giving your skin the care it needs this winter.

It’s the same story year in, year out –with winter well on its way, we all look to start planning ahead to care for our skin from top-to-toe in the cooler seasons. However, before you select your winter skincare arsenal, let’s take a closer look at our skin to determine whether it is dry or dehydrated. Most people believe these are the same skin conditions, as both tend to look the same; however this is certainly not the case!

With over 100 years of skincare expertise, NIVEA is looking to help raise awareness this winter on not only the difference between dry and dehydrated skin, but also the characteristics of the two very different issues which each require a specific skincare regime.

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With an extensive background in pharmacology and a thorough understanding of NIVEA core ingredients, NIVEA Skincare Expert, Robyn Hutch, has a passion for the intrinsic composition of the skin, and solving common skincare problems.


What is it? A problem that can come about any time of the year, dehydrated skin is a condition caused by a lack of water, or moisture in the skin. The condition can often result in oily skin or breakouts, and can be exacerbated by a range of factors including exposure to environmental elements –especially with the use of heaters and the cold winter weather. In extreme cases, dehydrated skin can lead to dry skin.

How can it be identified? Dehydrated skin can feel both dry and oily at the same time, so it can often lead to confusion when looking for the most appropriate treatments. Dehydrated skin can also feel flaky and as a result, can often feel itchy.

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What’s the solution? Dehydrated skin requires water rich products in order to replenish the lack of moisture within the skin. A change in diet, environment and care regime can help also help address dehydrated skin, limiting the excessive use of heaters and extremely hot showers where possible.

Robyn’s recommendation: We’re all guilty of forgetting to moisturise daily. To get relief I’d use NIVEA Express Hydration Body Lotion as it’s absorbed fast, and leaves skin soft, supple and smooth. The unique formula naturally promotes a continuous moisture supply from within for long lasting skin hydration.


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Another common area that needs extra care in winter is our lips. This is in fact, the only part on our body that does not produce its own moisture as they have no oil or sweat glands –therefore keeping them hydrated daily is important in the cooler months. NIVEA Hydro Care SPF15 is the perfect solution, with pure water and aloe vera to keep them hydrated, soft and soothed.