While there’s no gold standard for what defines a hydrator and a moisturizer, for the most part, brands use these terms to differentiate how your skin gets the moisture it needs.
If your skin is naturally dry year-round and tends to flake or peel, chances are, it’s not weather-related, but it’s dehydration that’s causing your dryness, and your skin just has a hard time retaining moisture. For that, you’ll need to moisturize to create a protective seal on the surface to lock in moisture. A thick, emollient moisturizer will help prevent water from leaving your skin. The right formula will provide the nutrients and nourishment your complexion needs to thrive all year long.
Hydration is key
You might think hydration is something that only people with dry or dehydrated skin need to worry about. But hydrating your skin is just like hydrating your body. Your body needs hydration to look and feel its best, and no matter your skin type, so does your skin. But what, exactly, is hydration? Is it the same as moisture? And how do you choose one that gives your skin the potent dose of moisture it needs?
How to Tell if Your Skin Needs Hydration or Moisture??
Now that you know hydrating and moisturizing refer to two different things, you’ll need to find out which you’re in need of. Determining which one your skin needs requires first knowing whether your skin is dehydrated or dry. The two complexion concerns can have similar symptoms, but if you pay careful attention to your skin, you can spot the difference.
Dehydrated skin will feel parched and can even produce excess oil, while dry skin flakes. Keep in mind that it’s also possible for your skin to be dehydrated and dry. Once you’ve figured out which skin issue you’re dealing with (or if you have both), deciding whether to hydrate or moisturize is completely uncomplicated. If you’re dehydrated, you need to hydrate. If you’re dry, you need to moisturize.
What Does a Moisturizer Do?
Moisturizers help to correct the lipid barrier to restore a healthy moisture balance. If you have not already, you must try out all natural moisturizer.
These products work more topically, unlike hydrators that work deep within the skin.
A moisturizer will help to “trap” your skin’s natural oils and maintain a healthy balance. The ingredients will stay on top of the skin to form a protective layer that dry skin cannot naturally produce, as it does not create enough lipids to form a barrier on its own.
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