If you have always believed that hydrating and moisturizing your skin was one and the same, you’re not alone. Most people, even some of experts, use these terms interchangeably. There is a notable difference however. In the most simplistic of terms, hydrating infuses moisture, moisturizing locks in moisture.
Hydrating your skin means you are pumping up its water content, i.e. adding moisture to it. Doing so results in a healthy looking and radiant complexion. Hydrated skin looks plumper which means wrinkles and fine lines smooth out, leaving you with a youthful appearance.
Hydrating your skin makes every one of your skin cells do a happy dance. It replenishes lost moisture, an unavoidable truth as we age, and boosts water content tenfold. It does this by drawing in the natural moisture that surrounds us directly into our skin. Look for a product that contains Hyaluronic Acid.
Once your skin has drawn in this moisture, you need to lock it in or it will simply evaporate, leaving you with dehydrated skin.
This is where moisturizing comes in. It forms a barrier that keeps water trapped and skin feeling great and looking youthful. As we age, sun, wind, pollutants and irritants chip away at our skin’s natural ability to retain water and moisturizing becomes a must not just a luxury.
Your best bet here is to look for a product that contains Olive Oil, a natural emulsifier.
So you can use several products in your daily beauty regimen, one that will attract moisture and one that will hold on to it. You can also opt for one product that does it all, i.e. contains Hyaluronic Acid and Olive Oil.
Now that you know the difference between hydrating and moisturizing, be sure to hydrate and moisturize on a daily basis. Your skin will thank you by glowing and looking radiant more than ever before.