Hydrate and moisturize: Why Does Your Skin Need Both?

March 30, 2022

Hydrate and Moisturize

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:

Hydrating VS Moisturizing

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:

  • Vegetable Squalene: Produced from sugarcane. Presented as a clear fluid and oil, it has a great affinity with the skin.
  • Humectants: Ingredients found in lotions and creams that hydrate the skin by attracting water molecules, absorbing them, and sealing them in place. 
  • Emollients: Substance that helps soothe dry, cracking, and flaky skin. 
  • Occlusive: Substances that create a protective layer on the skin to prevent moisture loss. 

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:

  • Dry skin often needs a thicker moisturizer with emollients to create a seal and prevent water from escaping. 
  • Dehydrated skin often calls for hydrating serums, preferably ones containing hyaluronic acid. This ingredient retains 1,000 times its weight in water.
  • Oily skin Dehydrated and dry skin can make it become oily. Water-based, non-comedogenic hydrators and moisturizers are the way to go for this issue.

Hydrate or Moisturize?

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.


  • Aloe Vera
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Lactic Acid
  • Glycerine
  • Honey
  • Citric Acid


  • Coconut, Almond, and Hemp oils
  • Shea Butter
  • Mineral Oil
  • Plant Oil
  • Lanolin

AETHEION® ZC30 Anti Aging Cream and 2+ Topicals® Nutritional Lotion

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:

Hydrate and moisturize
  • Luminosity: These products have shown a tremendous improvement to the skin, reporting a healthier glow in as little as two weeks. 
  • Firmness: The clinical examination observed a firmer complexion to the skin, spot reduction, smaller pores, and overall improvement. Doctors performed this examination after a two-week usage period. 
  • Tone: During the trial, skin tone was an area that was also analyzed and concluded with favorable results, exceeding expectations.
  • Hydration: Our products have proven to nourish and replenish the skin with only a few days’ use. Imagine what it can do long term!
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