What’s The Difference Between Hydrating and Moisturizing?

When it comes to affordable skin care in Philadelphia, Green City Beauty offers a complete menu of skin-friendly options using pure, plant-based, organic ingredients. With the cold temperatures just starting to settle in, keeping the skin moisturized is a critical step during the winter months. Some individuals may even feel that their daily routine just isn’t enough, so we thought we’d offer up some information regarding moisture and hydration and differentiate between the two skin care techniques.

Hydrating vs. Moisturizing

Though they’re closely related, there are important distinctions between skin hydration and skin moisturization that may help you realize which products might be best for your skin type. With the help of our estheticians, we’ll have your skin glowing and soft with some simple recommendations.

Hydrating is the process by which you use products to infuse your skin cells with the water needed to help the skin’s ability to absorb vital nutrients and moisture.

Moisturizing, on the other hand, is using a product which actually helps your skin seal moisture inside of its cells, which in turn, keeps your skin healthy and smooth by building up a protective layer and supporting the skin’s natural defensive ability, known as the moisture barrier or acid mantle.

Dry Skin vs. Dehydrated Skin

Most people use these terms interchangeably though they have different meanings in actuality. It’s important to know the difference when deciding which products work best for your concern.

Dry Skin is a type of skin which lacks essential oils or lipids, which result from organic fatty acids. In this case, the skin’s natural barrier is deficient and needs oil to support its natural defense mechanisms.

Dehydrated Skin, in contrast, lacks water and means that the top layer of one’s skin, called the stratum corneum, doesn’t have the necessary amount of it to stay healthy without flakiness or a rough texture.

Which One Do You Need?

The answer may be both. There is a chance that your skin may be perpetually dry while also being dehydrated from natural causes such as aging, sun damage, or change in season, i.e. colder temperatures. Other dehydrating factors could be hot water when showering or bathing, or if your water is too “hard.”

For hydrating purposes, lotions, creams, and balms are all helpful go-to’s and products containing hyaluronic acid help bind to and hold onto water within the skin. When topically applied, hyaluronic acid acts as a humectant, therefore, providing necessary hydration.

For moisturizing purposes, using products high in essential fatty acids and nutrient dense oils are the way to go. Those with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties also help to combat the effects of free radical damage from the environmental factors that we face on a daily basis.

One of our most favorite oils is jojoba seed oil. Technically speaking its chemical make-up is most similar to a wax and that’s why it’s so useful. Jojoba oil most closely matches our skin’s own sebum, making it not only effective but also very versatile.

It’s also a good idea to consult with a dermatologist for any skin-related issue before attempting to use a variety of products to treat irritated skin, which could potentially make matters worse if using the wrong products.

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Whether it’s skincare or body waxing in Philadelphia, Green City Beauty is your one-stop shop for all beauty needs. Our dedicated staff is committed to improving the lives of our customers using the finest ingredients found in nature. To find out more about all of the sugaring and skin care services offered at Green City Beauty, give us a call at 267-209-3096 today!