Trust me, I was as confused as you probably are right now. There are a ton of different skincare products out there. Understanding the purpose of each and every one of them can be confusing AF. From cleansing balms to essences to facial oils, the skincare industry is exciting yet intimidating. However, being a beauty junkie, you can only imagine how surprised I was when I learnt that the terms “hydrating” and “moisturising” are not the same thing. Even though these terms are often used interchangeably, there’s a difference between them. Here’s what you need to know to clear up your confusion:
Oranges and tangerines may seem like the same thing but they are not. Similarly, the terms hydrating and moisturising may sound like the same thing but they are not.
When you use skincare ingredients which are formulated with ingredients that attract water to your skin, you’re using hydrating products. Most of them contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid (HA) and Sodium Hyaluronate. Ingredients like HA are humectants, which helps attract moisture from the air and deposit it onto your skin. This will restore your skin’s elasticity and keep it supple.
If you have been using products which contain ingredients like glycerin and ceramides then you have been using moisturising products. The main purpose of moisturisers is to help your skin avoid water loss. Hence using a moisturiser is going to help your skin create a protective layer which plumps your skin and retain moisture.
If you want to know which category will suit you better then the first thing you have to do is identify your skin type.
Were you as surprised as I was when you found out the difference between hydrating and moisturising products?
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