What is the difference between hydrating your skin and moisturising products? In simple terms, moisturised skin needs more water than dehydrated and requires hydrating creams, while dry skin only needs moisturisers and does not need more water. Hydrating skin can be achieved by using natural products such as milk, cream or fruit, or by using products containing moisturising elements such as glycerin or cocoa butter. On the other hand, a moisturiser is formulated to increase the levels of water in the body. There are many moisturisers on the market, but some are better than others and most will not work if your skin is dry.
Some moisturising products will contain petrolatum, which is a synthetic mineral and will not help to reduce wrinkles, but it will make the skin feel soft and smooth. However, this kind of moisturiser should be avoided by those with sensitive or dry skin. Moisturisers that contain alcohol can cause dryness and it is best to avoid them altogether.
A good moisturiser should provide a balance of moisturising and hydrating, especially in cases of dry skin. The moisturiser should also contain certain substances that help to protect the skin, including vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that helps to protect against damage caused by the sun and other pollutants. The other ingredients in the product should also be beneficial to the skin, which includes natural vitamin A and vitamin C. Some moisturising creams can also contain anti-ageing elements, which help to protect the skin from the effects of age.
Other than a product with these ingredients, hydrating the skin should be performed through the use of a cleanser. Cleansing removes impurities that could lead to drying out the skin. When using a cleanser, always choose one with a mild fragrance, preferably one that you would find pleasant to use. The use of any cleansers should be accompanied by a good toner, which is a product designed to remove excess dirt and oil, without stripping the skin of essential oils.
To get rid of oil and dirt that have built up, hydration is recommended. Hydrators are usually found in a cleanser along with the cleanser, which helps to keep the skin dry while at the same time removing the excess oil. You can apply hydrators either before or after your cleanser but it is generally preferable to use them immediately afterwards so that your skin is thoroughly clean.
If you use a lot of moisturisers, do not overdo it by using too many products and use them daily. As a general rule, it is advisable not to use more than four moisturisers in one day.