The stark difference between hydration and moisturisation

Isn’t it that hydration and moisturisation mean the same thing? Well, guess not. A look closer at the world of moisturisers and we realise that these are two different things. Do you need both of them? How is it different? Hold on, we jotted down some key pointers for you here!

 1.What hydration and moisturisation?

Hydration is just what the name suggests. It instantly reminds us of drinking water and that is precisely what it is. It’s your skin drinking up water like a sponge absorbing water. Many ingredients can serve this purpose for your skin and this group of ingredients are called humectants. Some of the most commonly available humectants are Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Hyaluronic acid, Urea, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, etc.

When it comes to moisturisers, they refer to the ingredients that can help us seal in the hydration that our skin has absorbed from the environment. Essentially, we’re referring to emollients and occlusives. They help to reinforce the skin barrier which further ensures that we’re locking in hydration for our skin. Some commonly used ingredients are Plant butters, Cholesterol, Fatty acids, Ceramides, Squalane, etc. It is always a good choice to use humectants with an emollient or occlusive but you might want to consider your skin type and condition as well!

 2. How to pick the right moisturiser?

Picking the right moisturiser is as good as finding the right partner for your skin. Every skin type and condition needs a different moisturiser. First, let’s discuss the skin condition. If you have dry skin then you must opt for a moisturiser that can strengthen your skin barrier. Think of Ceramides, Cholesterol, fatty acid, etc. Pick up something that is heavy on your skin but is rich in nourishment. If your skin is dehydrated then the straight answer is to go for Hyaluronic acid serum or a Niacinamide serum. If your skin is both dehydrated and dry then you pick a moisturiser that is soothing and moisturising. We love Centella Asiatica mixed with Ceramides, Hemp seed oil, etc.

The second situation is you’re facing none of the above skin conditions but you’re not sure of which moisturiser can fit your skin type. If you’re of dry skin type then try to look for a mix of humectant with occlusive but absorb and seal hydration. If you’re of oily skin type then humectants and emollients are a great mix which is lightweight and maintains the oil-water production. If you’re of sensitive skin type or combination skin type, you might want to test the pitch before finalising a moisturiser. We’d recommend visiting a dermatologist who could help you pick a product.

 While most of us think of picking moisturiser as a very first-world problem, our skin just cannot do without it. If we were presiding this world then moisturiser and sunscreen would be a mandate every day!

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