Do I need to moisturize or hydrate my skin? Find out which one your skin needs


There is a lot of discussion in the skincare community about the meaning behind the words moisturizing and hydrating. Do oils hydrate? What about butters? Humectants? Or are water based products the way to go? Well let's first start off by defining the meaning of these words. 


Moisturizing is defined as to add or restore moisture. For those that have a dry skin type then adding more moisturization is key to having healthy skin. The reason that those with dry skin lack moisture is because the skin lacks natural oil production and also struggles to seal in water from hydrating products. Having dry skin can be very frustrating as you might be purchasing products labelled as hydrating but your skin may still dry. There are several factors that lead to dry skin such as such as age, climate, genetics or hormones. If you have dry, flakey, or rough and cracked in texture, you likely have dry skin. 



Hydrating your skin refers to providing your skin with water which is where water based skincare products come into play. Dehydrated skin is not a skin type and can be contributed to a lack of internal hydration aka not drinking enough water! When your skin is dehydrated your skin will most likely look dull and lackluster.



Moisturization: For those that have a dry skin type (moisturizing) ingredients such as 

ceramides, glycerin and omega-fatty acids. Many plant oils contain high amounts of ceramides such as Safflower Oil. Products such as oils, serums, balms, and skin butters will work great for skin that needs moisturization. When you think of moisturizing think of fats therefore gravitate to products that contain mainly fats this is why balms will work great. Balms are usually be a mixture of emollients (that soften the skin) and occlusives (that help slow water loss), so they work brilliantly to trap water in the skin if it is already moisturised.


Hydration: For those that have dehydrated skin and need hydration then water based skincare products would work great. Products that contain water, oils, butters and humectants such as glycerin work wonderfully. When you think of hydrating think of water therefore look for products that are mainly water based so that should be the first or second ingredient in the ingredient list.



Nathalie Marie's Tips:


My skin type is dry and acne prone. As a relatively new dry skin sufferer caused by Hashimoto's Thyroiditis I have been working tirelessly formulating, researching and trying on every skincare ingredient I can get my hands on. My skincare routine for dry skin consists of first lots of internal hydration therefore I always have water on me, The Garden of Life Mist, Quenched Serum, Solid H2O Balm (coming soon) and Midnight Blue Hydrating Drops (coming soon). I apply these lovely products in that order for maximum skin penetration and hydration. 


How do I know if I need moisture or hydration?


This is where skin intimacy comes to play. To really familiarize yourself with your skin you need to touch it. Touch your skin with clean hands, multiple times a day at different times of the day. Jot down your observations as skin is alive and constantly changing depending on its environment, water & food consumed that day, stress levels, sun exposure, emotions, etc. Become your own skin expert by observing and experimenting. Try different oils, serums, toners, balms, cleansers, etc until you find your skin's rhythm. Our skin is constantly speaking but you have to first listen to know what it needs and wants