Let us straight up begin by letting you know that the term Hydration and moisturisation or moisturising are two different things.
Understanding the difference between these two terms will help you make better skincare decisions.
Tip: Look out for products with both Humectants and Occlusives. This helps moisturise + hydrate your skin.
Humectants basically work by pulling water into the skin and moisturisers help lock them into the skin, keeping your skin feeling plump, moisturised and hydrated for a longer period of time.
To know exactly what your skin needs you first need to figure out if your skin is dehydrated or dry.
Dehydrated skin lacks hydration whereas Dry skin lacks oils and needs a moisturizer.
Tip: Most Hydrating ingredients are lighter in consistency while moisturisers often tend to be thicker and creamier.
Let’s begin with discussing
Hydrators are basically humectants. Humectants help pull in water into the skin from air and have the ability to retain them.
Most products that contain humectants tend to supply hydration directly into your skin.
Two extremely popular and commonly used humectants are Glycerin and Hyaluronic acid.
Occulsives come under the hydration section as they help create a barrier to retain the moisture in the skin.
Most occlusives are oil based.
Tip: For plump and healthy looking skin humectants like hyaluronic acid are recommended!
Tip: You can also include hydrating mists and toners.
Note: Humectants also tend to draw water from deeper layers of the skin and bring it to the surface this is one of the main reasons it’s recommended you drink lots of water !
Now let us discuss
Moisturizers help prevent water loss from your skin, making sure your skin stays “hydrated” for longer !
Moisturizers also help retain your skin’s barrier which helps maintain your skin and prevent breakouts.
It’s recommended you use an Humectant to hydrate and a moisturizer to seal in the hydration.
Tip: Look for products that are both hydrating and moisturizing. These products are a balance of both humectants and moisturizing ingredients.
Tip: When picking a moisturizer pick one that suits your skin type.
In conclusion when u pick up a moisturizer next time remember to pick one that also has hydrating properties or pick a hydrating essence or any hydrating product.