Hydrating vs. Moisturizing

I am always preaching the importance of hydration to clients and encourage them to moisturize in addition to staying hydrated. There are major differences between hydrating and moisturizing.

Hydrating products are designed to increase the water content of the skin. They contain ingredients to prevent moisture from leaving the skin and increase the absorption of water into the skin. Some of the most common hydrating ingredients are hyaluronic acid, glycerin and honey (most commonly found in organic products), amino acids and water. 

Moisturizing products, on the other hand, are designed to keep the water content and hydration from leaving the skin. The end result of using a moisturizer long term is the skin stays soft, hydrated and looks healthy. Using a moisturizer at night is imperative because when you sleep your body loses a lot of water. When the body is at rest it heals faster and goes into repair mode. It takes about 10 minutes for your skin to fully absorb a moisturizer.

There are many reasons to hydrate your skin. For one, it gives your skin a health glow. Secondly, your skin absorbs the hydrating ingredients which makes your skin look plump and more youthful. It's an instant anti-ager. Hydrators also balance oil production. If your skin is oily and dehydrated, your skin says "give me hydration." If it does not receive hydration, the glands will try to defend the skin by producing more oil in an attempt to hydrate itself. Lastly, when the skin is hydrated makeup and foundation sit better and more evenly on the skin. 

I use a hydrating product morning and night. I like using a beauty oil (Amala Hydrating Jasmine Oil or Aesop Parsley Seed Oil) and a hyaluronic acid serum (Image Skincare Balancing serum). Below are my favorite hydrating products.

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