Why does your skin need to be hydrated or moisturized? When we hear the word “hydration,” most people relate it to water. More specifically, the water we consume for our bodies to function correctly. Without the proper amount of hydration, our bodies start to decline.
However, it isn’t always enough to just ingest water. Moreso, a widespread misconception in skincare is that hydrators do the same thing as moisturizers. Well, let me tell you something important.
Hydration is not the same as moisture. Here’s why:
If you’re one of those people who thought hydrating your skin and moisturizing it was the same thing, you aren’t alone. Moisturizers refer to oil-based ingredients which create a seal on the skin’s barrier, preventing water from escaping. Hydrators refer to components called humectants that absorb moisture (water) from the atmosphere or your skin and hold it in place.
Nowadays, “moisturizer” is a blanket term used for different kinds of moisturizer types. These include:
Although hydrators and moisturizers are different, they are both essential, and neither is better or worse. Which to use depends entirely on each person’s skin type and the ingredients found in different products. Trial and error will likely factor in, as you will probably have to test other products out to determine which is suitable for your skin type.
Refer to this as a guide:
It might be confusing to differentiate which ingredients hydrate and which moisturize. To help, refer to this guide with some of the most common ingredients used in skincare products. This way you’ll be able to distinguish what you want in your routine.
We recently sent two of our most popular products to a lab for testing. The results?
Here’s a quick rundown of the results that our 2+ Topicals® Nutritional Lotion provided: