We so often choose skin care and makeup products that moisturize and hydrate our skin, as we know that especially during the colder months, it is important to be sure our skin has enough water. Although the words hydrate and moisturize are often used interchangeably, they do not mean the same thing. While they do both provide our skin with nourishment, knowing the difference between the two will help us make a better decision, depending on our skin’s specific needs.
What Is The Difference?
Moisturizers and hydrators both tackle the importance of making sure our skin is getting the proper amount of moisture, in order to prevent environmental damage, signs of aging, and of course, dryness. How they go about achieving this result, however, is the true difference.
Naturally, our skin has a barrier that protects itself from damage and water loss. Those that are prone to having dry skin usually aren’t producing enough cells in order to form this protective barrier. This makes it hard for the skin to lock in moisture. Moisturizers would then help trap natural oils on the surface of your skin, in order to maintain a healthy balance of moisture.
On the other hand, hydration refers to the amount of water in the skin, not just on the surface. Therefore, hydrators deliver moisture down to the skin’s layers. An easy way to remember is dehydrated skin lacks water, and therefore would require hydration while dry skin lacks oil and needs to be moisturized.
What Do I Need?
Your skin needs both moisturizers and hydrators to maintain it’s health. Hydrating is what makes our skin soft, but if there is no oil on the surface to protect this hydration from evaporating, then it is not doing any good. Dry skin that is hydrated, yet not moisturized, will still flake. Conversely, if you’re applying a moisturizer and providing oil to the surface in order to smooth your skin, it is still lacking in hydration, which ultimately is what makes your skin soft.
It is important to choose a hydrator and moisturizer that works with your skin type and level of sensitivity. Hyaluronic acid is a crucial ingredient for hydrating. It is found in our H&H Science Skin Quench Hydrating Serum, as well as many other H&H Science products. As for moisturizers, go for rich creams that are packed with oils, extracts and nutrients in order to retain moisture, such as our H&H Science Facial Moisturizer.
For those that have oily or acne prone skin, it is important to look for products that are non-comedogenic, such as our H&H Science Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizer, as it will not clog your pores and are less likely to cause breakouts.