December 24, 2021 by Ana
We hear dermatologists speak about them, and we see advertisements showing their immense benefits. But, with the terms being used interchangeably in the beauty world, some of you might get confused about hydration and moisturizing.
This is why today, we are going to talk about both skincare strategies, what they mean, why you need them both, and how they work together to keep your skin beautiful and healthy. So, if you want to understand the difference between them and how to hydrate and moisturize your skin properly, continue reading this article.
Hydrating & Moisturizing: What Do They Mean?
When you don’t drink enough water, you know your body gets dehydrated. Unfortunately, your skin also has to suffer. A lot! If you want to have beautiful, healthy, and young-looking skin, you need to keep the necessary moisture in your skin cells. When your skin is hydrated well, the water plumps and fills its cells, giving you the healthy and luminosity you long for. You need to drink plenty of water and use topical hydrating products to achieve this. But, before we talk more about how to hydrate your skin, let’s learn more about moisturizing.
While hydration is about the water content of the cells and making them plump and bouncy, according to Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse, M.D., F.A.A.D, moisturizing refers to building the skin’s protective barrier by trapping and sealing in moisture, preventing loss of water, and keeping your skin smooth.
So, to be healthy and glowing, your skin needs hydration on the inside and moisturizing on the outside. In other words, moisturize well to keep your cells hydrated!
How to Hydrate And Moisturize Your Skin
1. Drink Enough Water
We always say beauty comes from the inside, and we have more than one reason for this. One of the ways you can boost your beauty from the inside is through the water. So, to keep your body and skin cells hydrated, drink plenty!
And, during the colder months, when you have to turn the heat on, which leads to dry air, also use a humidifier. Dry air dries out the skin, and infusing moisture into the house is a fantastic way to avoid this. We suggest you use your humidifier every night to prevent moisture loss during your sleep.
2. Don’t Cleanse Too Frequently
Cleansing is a mandatory step in your daily routine if you want beautiful skin. However, we advise you to avoid cleansing too frequently. Twice per day is enough to keep your skin clean and glowing, unless you want to wash away the oils and protection necessary to keep the skin moisturized.
Also, make sure you use lukewarm water when washing, as hot water tends to dry your skin more. And, though we know how relaxing they are, try to avoid long, hot showers and baths!
3. Use Hydrating & Moisturizing Products
Another effective way to boost your hydration and moisturize your skin is the use of topical products. Humectants, for instance, are known for attracting and drawing water into the skin cells. You can even find natural, hydrating products in your own kitchen. Oats, honey, and aloe vera, for example, have natural humectant properties. Give them a try!
When it comes to moisturizing your skin, we recommend emollient ingredients. They will make your skin feel soft and smooth by diminishing water loss. However, when you choose your moisturizer, you need to know your skin type. If you have extremely dry skin, you might need heavier emollients, while natural oils are a fantastic way to moisturize all skin types.
Also, if dehydration and lack of moisturizing already left you with annoying wrinkles and lines, we suggest a non-invasive treatment like using smoothing pads and patches.
They are so easy to apply, comfortable to use even while you sleep, and they promise to prevent lines and wrinkles while treating the existing ones. Amazing, right?
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