Hydrator Or Moisturiser–How To Choose The Right Product

by CIEL Skin care Beauty & Fashion

Most people think that hydration is required only for dry skin. However, just like your body needs hydration to feel good, your skin also needs it to stay healthy and glowing. 


But what exactly is hydration? Are hydration and moisturising the same?


With so many different products claiming to provide you with hydrated skin, how do you choose the best one for the dose of moisture and hydration your skin needs?


What is the difference between Hydration and moisturiser?

Moisturiser is an umbrella term for different categories such as humectant, emollient, squalene, and occlusive.

Hydrations and moisturisers are marketing terms that are defined by different brands however they want. Moisturises are oil-based ingredients that contain occlusive agents such as petroleum or mineral oil or emollient such as plant oils. They create a seal on the surface of your skin to prevent water from escaping. Moisturisers also make your skin feel smooth and less dry.

Hydrations, however, contain humectants such as hyaluronic acid or glycerine that absorb water from the atmosphere or the skin and hold it in place.


Is water a sufficient moisturiser?

Water alone is not a strong enough ingredient to keep your skin moisturised. Most of it evaporates along with the skin‘s natural oils. The truth is that the more you wash your skin without applying a moisturiser or hydration, the chances of drying out your skin are high.

It is important to know that moisturisers and hydrations work very differently because what you choose can make or break the health of your skin. The end goal of your skincare routine should be better-hydrated and properly moisturised skin. However, the way to get there depends on your skin type.


What is best for your skin type - moisturiser or hydration?

Many different products are available in the market, from oils to balms to creams and gels to hydrations. However, the truth is that most of them do the same thing.


Most lotions contain both emollient, occlusive and humectant ingredients. This helps in moisturisation and hydration at the same time.


A specific form that a product takes, balm, gel, cream, oil, etc., doesn’t affect the product's performance. Ingredients matter the most. The form of the product just affects the experience of applying the ingredients to your skin. Having that said, it is crucial to go through the ingredient list and test different products. Often your skin may do better with only using a moisturiser or hydration and not both. It is crucial to learn exactly how your skin gets used to a specific product and reaches the optimum levels of hydration and moisturisation.


For dry skin

If your skin is naturally dry and flakes or peels, it is not weather-related dehydration. It is just your skin that has a hard time retaining moisture. 


For people with year-round dry skin, use a moisturiser to create a protective seal on your skin surface to lock in moisture. A thick moisturiser with emollient helps prevent water retention and provides the nourishment your skin needs to thrive.


For dehydrated skin

If your skin is naturally dehydrated, consider adding water back into your skin. Opt for a hydrating serum that contains hyaluronic acid, as it is an excellent ingredient for water retention. What’s more, it also adds a healthy dose of hydration to your skin. Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid, honey, aloe vera, and other hydrating ingredients.


For oily skin

Many people have this misconception that oily skin does not need hydration or moisturiser. Contrary to popular belief, oily skin also gets dehydrated. And if your oily skin is dehydrated, it can aggravate oil issues. For that reason, make sure to opt for water-based, non-comedogenic hydrations. Water-based products feel lighter on the skin and do not clog pores. 


How to know if a product will moisturise or hydrate your skin?

The answer is probably both. As mentioned before, everything depends on the skin type. However, it doesn’t always hurt to use both a moisturiser and hydration. You can hydrate by applying a humectant such as hyaluronic acid serum first and then follow up with an occlusive substance such as moisturiser with plant oil. The best way to use hydration and moisturiser is to look for a product that contains both. CIEL Hydration+ is an excellent vegan product for all skin types delivering optimum hydration. Check out the CIEL skincare website to know more. 



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