When it comes to Skin Care, most people use the terms ‘Moisture’ and ‘Hydration’ interchangeably, believing these words mean that a Hydrator is the same things as a Moisturizer.
While we understand that this is an easy conclusion to arrive at, the reality is that these are two very different products, serving different purposes in your Skincare regimen. You may believe this is nothing but a clever marketing ploy to get you to buy more products, we hope to change your mind!
Unlike Moisturizers, who’s function it is seal moisture into your skin.. A Hydrator is instead designed to actually increase the water content of your skin. This is usually accomplished by harnessing the ability of certain ‘Hydroscopic’ ingredients such as HUMECTANTS. Hydroscopic refers to the ability of an ingredient to actually attract water from the surrounding air into the skin. As we discussed in our LAST BLOG, Honey, Hyaluronic Acid and naturally derived Lecithin are all fantastic Humectants that work by absorbing water from the surrounding air and binding it into the skin layers.
Most people believe a moisturizer’s function is to impart moisture into the skin. We now know that’s not the case. A Moisturizer’s true function is to retain moisture by reducing TEWL (TransEpidermal Water Loss) via forming a protective seal over the skin surface. In other words the work to retain the moisture that is already in the skin at the time you apply them.
By sealing in the moisture on the skin’s surface, a good moisturizer prevent the loss of water (hydration) via evaporation as you go about your day, keep your skin plump, moist and actually healthier as cellular function is improved.
For example, adequately hydrated cells are much better able to trigger the skin’s own inherent ability to protect itself from moisture loss by letting our sebaceous glands know they need to produce more oil producing lipid cells.
People who have a disrupted Lipid Barrier will develop various dry skin conditions, since the skin is not able to produce enough sebum to prevent evaporation (loss of hydration).
So a moisturizers most important function is to help correct the lipid barrier, so that your skin can regain a healthy moisture balance.
Remember that these products are not a cure all and are only part of the solution.
Now that you know the difference, tune in to our next article to find out to solve the problem!