Hydrators and moisturizers are used interchangeably in skincare. They both make sure that the skin gets all the water to keep it hydrated and supple.
The difference lies in how they go about achieving these results.
So let's break down their meaning and how they imply on the skin.
Let's simplify what hydration means. When you have enough water content within the cell, it swells and plums up. So, it means that when you apply a topical hydrating product to your skin, you are infusing your skin cell with water which gives it the ability to absorb moisture and other nutrients.
In another hand, when your skin is dehydrated, your cell is starved of water which leads to dry, dull, and shriveled skin.
𝗦𝗼 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼 𝗜 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗺𝘆 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻 𝗶𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝗵𝘆𝗱𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱
First thing, it's always important to take note of the condition of your skin.
When your skin feels dry and dull despite the number of times you apply a moisturizer, your skin is dehydrated.
Noticeable skin conditions like dull complexion, fine lines, and wrinkles will start to show up.
𝗧𝗶𝗽𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗵𝘆𝗱𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻
Look for products that are humectants as they bind water molecules to them and pulls moisture to the skin.
Such as Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic acid, Honey, Alpha Hydroxyl Acids, Marine extracts, etc.
Hydration makes skin feel soft and supple, but it won't stay soft if there is no lipid(the natural oil that protects itself from damage and water loss) to protect that hydration from escaping.
So if you have dry, flaky skin, it means that your skin is not producing enough lipids cells to form a protective barrier. Lacking the ability to lock and seal in moisture.
In essence, Moisturizers aim at reducing the amount of water that evaporates off of your skin.
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝗶𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗿
When your skin lacks oil or low epidermal lipids.
Skin is dry and flaky, feels tight with the rough texture.
𝗧𝗶𝗽𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
Look for products that contain more emollient or, and occlusive and also your choice of moisturizer depends on present weather. It's either, lightweight or heavy.
Ingredients to look at for; ceramide, Shea butter(all other butter inclusive), Jojoba, coconut oil, Squalene, etc.
Ideally, we all want hydrated, plumped, supple skin that has a topical moisture lock and seals into them.
But if you find yourself needing one more than the other, like having dry and flaky skin. Then, moisturizer "only" product is what will be ideal for you.
Hope it was a good read for you to help you make the right choice.
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