HYDRATION VS. MOISTURE; WHAT DOES MY SKIN NEED?
There’s a lot of chatter about the difference between hydration for the face and using a moisturizer. Which one should you be using? What are the benefits of keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized? Why should you care about hydration and moisture? Give us a few minutes, and you’ll be an expert on hydration vs. moisture.
First off, let’s define hydrators and moisturizers…
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HYDRATION AND MOISTURE?
Simply put, hydration equals water, and moisture equals oil.
If your skin is dehydrated, it is lacking water. And if your skin is dry, it is lacking oil.
WHAT IS A HYDRATOR?
A hydrator (like hyaluronic acid) helps to bring water to the skin using humectants. These humectants help collect moisture in the environment and bind it to the skin, which allows the skin to absorb the water.
Infinite Serum Pure Hyaluronic Acid Body Serum is the perfect example of a hydrator. Think of it like a big drink of water for your skin. There are multiple benefits of hyaluronic acid, and hydration is key. No matter the skin type (dry skin, oily, combination) or concern (acne, aging, dullness) every skin needs hydration.
WHAT IS A MOISTURIZER?
A moisturizer contains oils that help lock in hydration and keep the skin feeling soft and smooth. All skin has a natural lipid (oil) barrier, but when skin is drier, or aging, that lipid barrier starts to break down, and the skin loses moisture.
DO YOU NEED BOTH HYDRATION AND MOISTURE FOR YOUR SKIN?
Yes! Hydrators fight dehydrated skin, while moisturizers lock in that hydration and create skin barrier protection.
Some products, like Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, are hydrators and moisturizers combined. Talk about a win-win!