irst of all, there is an actual difference between the terms "hydrate" & "moisturise". While a lot of brands will use these words interchangeably for marketing purposes, they aren't the same thing. They are both skincare essentials in providing your skin with nourishment, but knowing what the difference is will help you determine what products are the best fit for your skin’s specific needs.
So, what do they actually mean?
Hydration is the absorption of moisture from the air and then infusing your cells with water to improve your skins ability to absorb moisture and nutrients.
Moisturising is about trapping and locking in the moisture to build your skin's natural protective barrier. This will prevent any water loss and ensure that your skin remains soft and smooth.
So, what is the actual difference?
Both hydrators and moisturisers work to combat dryness and dehydration to help you achieve youthful, supple skin.
If you have dry skin, that means your skin is lacking oil and it needs to be moisturised. If you have dehydrated skin, your skin lacks water and it needs to be hydrated.
Hydration makes our skin feel soft, but it won’t stay soft if there is no oil to protect that hydration from escaping. If hydration escapes, skin ends up dry and flaky. However, putting oil on dehydrated skin may visibly smooth it, but it will still be lacking that soft, bouncy feeling that comes from hydration.
So, how do I know what I need?
If your skin is on the dry side or you notice that you are prone to dry, flaky skin, your skin barrier may not be locking in moisture. This is where moisturizers come in! Apply moisturiser to restore your skin’s plump and bouncy appearance. This is extremely useful during the winter when your skin is prone to dryness.
On the other hand, if you feel as though your skin is dull and any fine lines and wrinkles you have are becoming noticeable, you can see that your skin is dehydrated. Apply a hydrator to combat this issue and give your skin the much-needed nourishment.
If you're thinking I fall into both of these categories, that is ok! We'd recommend that you apply a hydrating product to your skin first, followed by a moisturising product second to ensure you lock that hydration into the skin
So, what's the right products for me ?
What we put into our bodies is just as impactful on our skin as what we apply onto it. Water is essential and drinking it is the easiest way for you to hydrate your skin.
When it comes to treating your skin from the outside, reach for powerful products to help you get through the seasons by keeping your skin moisture level at a balanced level.
Below we have shortlisted the best Hydrating & Moisturising products for you to consider
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