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H Y D R A T I O N  VS  M O I S T U R E 

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I would like to talk about two terms are  commonly use in the skincare but they are not the same. 

Hydration and Moisture. 

When it comes to hydration and moisture it really comes down to the ingredients. Which ingredients are going to be hydrating and which ingredients are going to be moisturising. When it comes to ingredients it's not black and white. It's way more complicated. Water based ingredients will give you hydration - oil based ingredients will give you moisture.  And as you know water and oil they do not mix together. 

The significant  difference between hydration and moisture

Our skin is living, breathing organ, we  relying on water to survive.  Our skin produces oil , water, sebum every single day , and unfortunately taking care of our skin is not as simple as splashing our face with water or applying any kind of oil. 

We have hydrating factors and moisturising factors. Benefit of adding hydration into the skin it gives your skin a very refresh  look , helps to fights against dehydration,  skin looks healthy and have this nice shine to it . I believe  hydration in some level is necessary for everyone and particularly beneficial to anyone who experiences dryness , dehydrated skin, flaking skin, or anyone who is really struggling with lack of water in the skin. 

Let's focus on hydration, more water based ingredients. These ingredients are typically fast to absorb by the skin. They are sinking very quickly and give kind of instantinies  plump, hydrating look. Typically when you put them on the skin they don't feel extremely noticeable they not heavy. My favourite hydrating ingredients are; Hyaluronic Acid - The hydrating ingredient of all ingredients, and along with this  Sodium Hyaluronate which is the salt of hyaluronic acid which essentially means it is more concentrated.  Hyaluronic Acid is humectant, it's great ingredient for anyone who lives in non dry climate. Any humidity in the air hyaluronic acid will grab and pull into your skin. 

Glycerin - It's kind of the less popular but also good ingredient like hyaluronic acid. It's humectant as well but not as greedy like hyaluronic acid. It works for majority of skin types. So if you have very dry skin and live in dry climate glycerin is definitely good ingredient for you to look for.

Another ingredient I really like is algae, great for plumping skin. For example aloe vera is great example for hydrating ingredient. Your hydrating products are serums, essences, toners, waters, masks. 

Now let's talk about moisturising ingredients. The function of moisturising ingredients is to create a layer on the surface of our skin to prevent water from escaping from your skin. Having oil based layer on the surface of your skin helps to make sure you are not loosing any water from your skin. We are actually loosing water through the process named TRANS-EPIDERMAL WATER LOSS. When our skin looses water became dehydrated , dry, we have breakouts, we can see ageing, and overall affects health of our skin. In my opinion everyone should use a moisturiser, no matter what. 

Some of the best performing moisturising ingredients in my opinion are Silicones. Dimethicone, personally one of  my favourite type of silicone. It really does a good job putting a seal base over the face without any negative environmental impact. Silicons have very very bad reputation because for some reason people think they are toxic, a lot of silicons can be from mineral oil. 

Squalane, ingredient I love because can be dried from plants, has amazing moisturising properties and is not heavy on the skin and can be made on variety of moisturiser  formulas like light or heavy.  Ingredients like Shea Butter are rich but still work great as moisturisers and another I love is avocado oil which is not only good for his moisturising abilities but also is antioxidant and is soothing as well. 

Water loss is such a big issue when taking care of the skin and you want to make sure that you are not missing that step. It is always to go with moisturiser. Not all moisturisers are moisturising. I ve see some moisturisers free of silicones , oil free, and when I looked into the ingredients list there is nothing there what actually can prevent the epidermal water loss. It's all just blend of hydrating ingredients but not moisturising ingredients. 

 

 

 

 

 

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