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Author: Karen Austin

Dryness and Dehydration… What’s the Difference?


Welcome to the July Skin & Laser Newsletter. We hope you enjoyed last month’s article about Wedding preparation and our feature on E!’s reality show ‘Unveiled’. This month’s specials are designed to give your skin the pick-me-up we all seem to need during this cold winter. For more information regarding our services, specials or general enquiries, please call us on 03 8820 5801

Clinic News

As of July, we now have Jessica Maggs, Cosmetic Nurse Practitioner, taking appointments for cosmetic injectables. Jessica offers a wide range of services such as the traditional anti-aging injections and fillers as well as non-surgical rhinoplasty, migraine and TMJ treatment, lipodissolve to reduce fat deposits in the face and neck (bye, bye double chin!) and more! Being a practitioner means Jessica has had further training then your standard Cosmetic Nurse, this means she delivers outstanding results for her patient’s due to her advanced knowledge. For all Skin & Laser clients, Jessica is currently offering a mini lip lift (added volume) for only $275!

We are now taking appointments for Thursday the 13th of July. Get in quick, appointments are filling fast!


As skin specialists, some of the most common skin conditions we see are dehydration and dryness. These two words are often used interchangeably by our clients to describe their skin. Little do most people know, these two conditions are quite different in how they present on the skin as well as how they are treated.

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Dryness can also be referred to as ‘lipid dry’ and is usually described as ‘moisture’ in the skin. Dryness can be due to a couple of reasons; most commonly the skin is unable to create enough oils

to keep it moisturised, or it can be caused due to temperature extremes (including heating and cooling), incorrect skin care, allergies, or age.

This presents on the skin as rough texture, flaking, peeling and a dull looking complexion. A skin which is lipid dry will feel tight after cleansing and will usually look worse after make-up application.

So, what can we do about dry skin? There are a couple of things we can do;

  • Use a good quality moisturiser, look about for one that is biomimetic. Biomimetic is a fancy word for an oil that mimics the natural oils in the skin. This means that it is absorbed directly into the skin instead of sitting on the top of the skin like over the counter moisturisers. All moisturisers used at Skin & Laser are delivered directly into the skin.
  • Use a good quality oil serum. Just like the moisturiser, the best ones to use mimic the natural oils of the skin. Our favourite oil serum is DMK’s Seba-e mixed with Herb & Mineral Mist.
  • Taking supplements such as EFA Ultra will help improve the quality of the oils your skin produces so that they can reach the surface and nourish the skin better.

A lipid dry skin causes little tears in the surface of the skin, this will eventually lead to sensitivity, redness, bacteria and more.


june blog1When we refer to dehydration in the skin we are specifically talking about the water content of the skin. Even the most oily of skins can suffer from dehydration. This shows in a rough texture, sallow look, increase in fine lines, a crepe-y texture and often breakouts. Dehydration can be caused by heating and cooling, stripping skin care, internal illness and inflammation.

So, you’re drinking a lot of water and your skin is still dehydrated? Fun fact for you; although drinking water is essential for organ function, it doesn’t actually hydrate the skin! Due to a special barrier in the skin that prevents water loss, also prevents water reaching the top layers of the skin. This means that to bring water to the surface of the skin we can;

  • Use good quality serums to increase water levels in the skin. Our go to is DMK’s Beta Gel! Many hydration serums are not able to penetrate the skin, so make sure you do some research!
  • Taking a good quality supplement such as our EFA Ultra’s help prevent water evaporation from the epidermis by increasing quality of skin oils and reducing inflammation.
  • DMK’s enzyme therapy facials help to pull water up through the dermis into the upper layers of the skin.

Okay, now we know the differences between dehydration and dryness, what they look like and how to prevent them. If in doubt, book with one of our skin specialists to get an expert diagnosis.


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