Moisturising. Hydrating. Two words that are so similar yet so different. It's easy for us to confuse the fact that both of these have the same meaning so let me help you distinguish the two.
Products that moisturise and hydrate both ensure your skin is getting all the water it needs to combat dehydration, early ageing and environmental damage. However, how the products go about achieving these goals is very different.
Hydration is the absorption of moisture from the air which then binds and infuses your cells with this water to enhance your skin's ability to absorb moisture and nutrients. Basically they add water to your skin! It refers mainly to the ensuring water content within your cells is sufficient so they do not shrivel and instead stay plump and bouncy. You should use a hydrator if your complexion is becoming noticeably more dull as well as your wrinkles and fine lines becoming more prominent. Products which are hydrators are humectants, typically those containing hyaluronic acids, aloe, honey, alpha hydroxy acids, glycerin, urea and marine extracts. Make sure to also drink plenty of water!
- CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser (355ml)
- The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Serum + B5 (30ml)
- The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (30ml)
Moisturising is about sealing and locking in moisture to strengthen your skin's natural protective barrier, prevent further evaporation of water from your skin and ensure smoothness and softness. Basically they decrease water loss! You should use a moisturiser if you have dry, peeling or flaky skin, especially during the colder months in winter. When picking your moisturiser factor the season and your skin type into account, use a lightweight gel during warmer months and heavier, thicker creams during the colder months. Ingredients with moisturising effects include shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, almond oil, ceramides and dimethicone.