Hydrator = Water

  • Hydrators bind water to the skin
  • All skin types & concerns need hydration
  • Serum with Hyaluronic Acid are perfect hydrators

Moisturizer = Oil

  • Moisturizers lock in hydration and protect/enhance the skin’s natural lipid (oil) barrier
  • All skin types & concerns need moisture
  • Lotions and creams are ideal moisturizers

Hydrating and Moisturizing are actually two different things. Hydration equals water, and moisture equals oil. If your skin is dehydrated, it is lacking water. This can be caused by a number of factors including makeup, diet, incorrect product use, or even weather. With dehydrated skin, you might notice darker under-eye circles, or tired eye appearance, itchiness, skin dullness or sensitive fine lines and wrinkles. And if your skin is dry, it is lacking oil. You might see scaly appearance, white flakes, redness or irritation, increased incidence of psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis.

Both moisturizers and hydrators work to ensure that our skin receives moisture. Dehydrated skin types will benefit from skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid, aloe, honey, alpha hydroxy acids and marine extracts. For dry skin, it’s best to stick to products that contain ingredients such as Glycerine, Lactic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides and Mineral Oil.

For best results, hydrators and moisturizers should be applied morning (before sunscreen) and night. You can apply moisturizing lotions or creams after applying your hydrator so it doesn’t peel.

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