Hydrating vs Moisturizing: What's the Difference?

Hydrating vs Moisturizing: What's the Difference?

Healthy skin is well hydrated, moisturized, and thus has a natural glow. But did you know that hydrating and moisturizing are not the same? These two distinct acts create very different results on the skin.

What's the difference?

Understanding the science behind what your skin needs will help you balance your skin and achieve a vibrant, healthy look.

Hydrating

Hydrating the skin refers to keeping its water levels up. However, hydrated skin is achieved differently than drinking water. Drinking water helps, but we need other processes to maintain water levels within our skin cells.

IMPORTANCE OF HYDRATED SKIN

Well-hydrated skin cells are firm, bouncy, and reflect light better. Dehydrated cells can dry up, leading to lackluster skin.

This is why we need skin hydrators.

HYDRATING INGREDIENTS 

One of the basic options is to increase the moisture in the surrounding air. You can use a mister, humidifier, or steamer. Alternatively, mist the skin with water when it feels dry to help replenish some of the dehydration.

Remember, if your skin is in a poor state, it will have a hard time retaining water; thus, you'll quickly feel dehydrated. To remedy this, use humectants.

WHAT ARE HUMECTANTS?

These substances absorb water from the air or underlying skin layers and draw them toward the surface of the skin. Consequently, the skin retains moisture and can help other skincare ingredients perform better. Examples of natural humectants include honey, aloe, and hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is potent because it holds 1,000 times its weight in water. This maintains the water levels in your skin cells, ensuring the skin remains firm. Our skin already has hyaluronic acid, but the levels deplete with age and sun exposure.

Let's look at how to incorporate the above ingredients into a daily routine easily.

Three simple ways to hydrate your skin

1. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

This is especially vital for those who drink caffeine or alcohol. You can carry a water bottle wherever you go as a reminder. For the tech-savvy, there are apps to help track your water consumption. 

2. MIST YOUR SKIN

Put a small bottle of hydrosol in your bag and use it to mist your face throughout the day. Choose a hydrosol mist that has aloe and floral or herbal infusions for the best overall skin pick me up.

Don't use mists that contain alcohol- they may dry the skin.

3. USE SERUMS DAILY

Those that contain hyaluronic acid are the best. Apply them in the morning to keep your skin nourished throughout the day. Including this step daily will keep your skin looking youthful years from now.

Moisturizing

If you drink enough water, perform the above hydration tips, and yet you still suffer from dry, flaky, or dull skin, then you may need to elevate your moisturizer.

Dry, tight skin means the skin isn’t producing enough lipid cells. 

WHAT ARE MOISTURIZERS?

Moisturizers are products that prevent your skin from losing water and keep the skin’s protective barrier intact. 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT MOISTURIZER

If your current moisturizer isn’t working, it might not provide enough nourishment. The following oils are recommended based on skin type. These oils have varying sized molecules that support the level of moisture for each skin type.

When using oils as moisturizers, we recommend a blended formulation for the best texture and overall absorption experience. Apply the product in 5 dots: one on each cheek, forehead, nose, and chin. Work it into the skin using outward and upward motions for even application.

MOISTURIZING OILS FOR EACH SKIN TYPE

Dry skin: Olive, Avocado, Sesame, Sunflower, Jojoba

Oily skin: Argan, Buckthorn, Grapeseed, Kukui, and Rosehip

Normal / Sensitive skin: Tamanu, Grapeseed, Hemp Seed, Coconut

Hydrators Vs. Moisturizers?

Both hydrators and moisturizers have the same crucial role in your skincare- keeping the water levels in your skin at optimum. However, they achieve this differently and are both needed.

Combining hydrators with moisturizers daily helps your skin maintain a plump, bouncy texture that attracts water deep into your skin cells and achieves a strong protective barrier to keep it in. Your skin is left healthy and has a radiant glow.

​With love,

The Sole Toscana Beauty Team