Hydrating Vs. Moisturizing: Spot The Difference

Water is the essence of life, they say. But for what degree?

Up to 60% of our total body weight is water, and over 50% of our organs' weight is water! Interesting, right?

Skin is the largest human organ that consists of over 65% of water content; meaning that water plays an essential role in maintaining healthy skin.


Hydration Vs Moisturization

After knowing the importance of water and its role in keeping your skin healthy and radiant, how do you think you can maintain your skin's water content? The answer is in two simple words; hydration and moisture. Is there really a difference? YES! There is a huge difference between hydration and moisturization, but they both help you maintain your skin's water content through two different mechanisms.


To put it simply, hydrating is providing your skin with the needed water content, while moisturizing is preventing the loss of the provided water. Makes sense? Imagine filling a sponge with water and leaving it exposed to hot, dry air all the time and watch the water drain out of it and evaporate into thin air. The same thing happens to our skin, being porous, our skin loses water constantly,

and here comes the role of moisturizers that prevents transepidermal water loss (TEWL) by creating a protective layer over the skin to minimize water loss. Lack of hydrating and moisturizing products leads to dehydrated skin.

How to get and maintain your water content?


Hydrating Products

Water

It's free. It's available. It's literally everywhere. Hydrate yourself inside out by drinking two liters of water daily.

Humectants

Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, urea, etc; absorb water droplets into the skin whenever possible. They keep the skin hydrated and plumped.

Hydrating products include many forms like serums, lotions, creams, toners, and essence.


Moisturizing Products

Search for ingredients that either build/repair the skin barrier like niacinamide and ceramides or occlusive ingredients like silicones and squalane.

Moisturizers mostly have hydrating ingredients and can be found in creams and lotions.


Now that you know the difference, make sure to stay hydrated and moisturized all the time!

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