Good morning beauties and welcome back to skin care Monday!
Today I wanted to share with you the difference between hydration and moisturization. We here these words all the time used freely and the two words are almost interchangeable in our daily vocabulary: our skin needs to be moisturized, hydrated. But this isn’t correct. The two concepts are different and our skin needs to be hydrated AND moisturized!
Most of us has a moisturizer in our bathroom cabinet, some of us a daytime and a separate night time moisturizer even. Well these products work in two ways generally. They prevent water loss by creating a barrier layer on the skin usually with oil based ingredients, trying to mimic what a health sebum balance already does. Typical ingredients are petroleum, mineral oil, lanolin, and other natural emollients like sweet almond oil, apricot oil, shea butter and cocoa butter.
On the other side, to give the skin the needed hydration, humectants have the job of attracting water to the skin thanks to their hydrophilicity. These are hyaluronic acid, glycerin, lactic acid, propylene glycol, sorbitol and vitamin E.
Our skin needs both of these effects but this doesn’t mean we necessarily need to apply two different products. Many good moisturizers on the market contain both humectants and emollients and are enough for those with normal to oily skin. However if your skin is very dry, you might want to apply a hydrating serum such as The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum, followed by any rich moisturizer.
Personally I prefer to do my hydration at night and I am completely obsessed with The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-in-oil (here) because it hydrates my skin and at the same time locks the moisture in thanks to the oil formula. Just love it!
Do you have a favorite skin care item that does it all for you?