Hydrating vs. Moisturizing

There's something to be said for drinking lots of water.

There's something to be said for drinking lots of water.

Did you know there’s a difference between hydrating and moisturizing? Don’t fret if you don’t – both words are often used interchangeably!

At first glance, they are similar – both have the goals of ensuring our skin is getting all the moisture it needs to combat dryness and signs of aging. The difference between hydrating and moisturizing is how we go about achieving bringing moisture to our skin.

First we need to remember a little science. Our skin has a lipid barrier that naturally protects itself from damage and loss of water. If you have dry skin, well, that’s a sure-fire sign it isn’t producing enough of those lipid cells to form that protective barrier. So, what do we do with our dry skin? We moisturize. Moisturizers help keep natural oils and lipids on the skin’s surface (lipids are a substance our body produces that is a combination of molecule that include fats, waxes, sterols and vitamins as well as others).

When we talk hydration, we’re referring to the amount of water on the skin. Product ingredients that include humectants increase water content by drawing moisture from the air and keeping it on the skin’s layers.

Both are necessary for beautiful skin. That’s why the ol’ drinking eight glasses of water is touted as being a beauty “secret” - it helps hydrate the skin. If you are prone to dry skin, check out products that contain hyaluronic acid (it sounds scarier than it is; the human body produces it naturally. It is known for holding water).

The best moisturizers contain essential oils and other natural ingredients such as shea nut butter, seaweed, and jojoba. Oils extracted from natural sources such as jojoba are especially wonderful as they are not only nourishing for the skin but also counteract signs of aging. SeaLuxe’s Driftwood Whipped Body Butter contains all of those ingredients and are made to order as they are meant to be used right away. Give your thirsty skin a real treat!