Hydration vs. Moisturization: How to tell the difference & what you need

Know the Difference between Hydration vs. Moisturization


It is often difficult to demarcate the subtle line between hydration and moisturization. Let’s learn how to do it and determine which is necessary for the skin.

The allure of many products promising radiant, hydrated, moisturized, and overall healthy skin is abundant these days. Many brands come up with a wide range of products claiming all these benefits. Going over all these terms in detail can be perplexing to the average consumer as they are unable to recognize the subtle differences. The confusion especially arises with hydration and moisturization. What are the differences between them, and which is most important for your skin type? Continue reading to find out.

What is hydration?

The absorption of water from the air is known as hydration. The skin absorbs moisture and infuses it into the cells, improving the skin's ability to absorb nutrients and stay hydrated for longer. Hydration keeps the skin supple and soft. However, hydration and softness will be short-lived if not supplemented with moisturization.

Ingredients that hydrate your skin: Humectants

Humectants are the ingredients that help to retain moisture from the atmosphere better. Niacinamide, Hyaluronic acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Aloe vera gel, and Lactic acid are some of the popular humectants found in making hydrating skincare products. If your skin appears dehydrated, use products that consist of these ingredients such as our Foxtale Daily Duet Face Wash. If you are tired of using cleansers that strip your skin, use this one and thank us later. It contains sodium hyaluronate, Red algae extract, and Panthenol. Your skin won’t feel parched even after a wash- rather it will feel plumper and well-hydrated.

What is moisturization?

Moisturizers help to lock the skin’s water level and also strengthen the protective barrier of the skin. As a result, the skin appears soft, smooth, and youthful. As the water loss is prevented, and the skin’s natural barrier is strengthened, the skin’s aging signs also get reduced.

Ingredients that moisturize your skin: Emollients & Occlusives

Emollients and Occlusives like shea butter, plant-based oil, and seed-based oil, are ingredients that are found in moisturizing products. Our Foxtale Ceramide Supercream Moisturizer contains hydrogenated olive oil which can penetrate the skin much deeper thus ensuring better moisturization.

How do you hydrate and moisturize your skin at the same time? 

All skin types require both hydration and moisturization. When you apply the goods in the correct order, you can achieve both. Hydrating products are typically lighter and should be used first. Similarly, because moisturizing products have a thicker consistency, they should be applied last. Allow ample time for the product to absorb before layering the next one to get the most out of both. The goal is to layer things and keep them as simple as possible. As you layer the products, let the skin absorb them completely.

In short, your skin must be hydrated and moisturized well to ensure it stays youthful and radiant for years to come. By understanding the necessity of both types of products and including them in your skincare regime, you can ensure your skin stays healthy for long.

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