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Should You Hydrate or Moisturize?

admin@siabotanics January 15th, 2019
Should You Hydrate or Moisturize

We already know that water is essential to life – and skin care of course! Drinking plenty of water keeps the largest organ of your body (your skin) looking hydrated and youthful.

More often than not, we do not consume enough water, and that in turn takes a toll on skin health and makes it appear lackluster and dull. However, there is a more straightforward alternative to this problem – hydrating and moisturizing skin care products.

Skincare fanatics (like you and me!) are familiar with the terms Moisturization and Hydration. These are often used interchangeably but what we may not be aware of is that

HYDRATION AND MOISTURIZATION ARE NOT THE SAME!

Now for the big question- How are they different?

Essentially, hydration and moisturization are both processes that make sure that your skin receives all the water it needs to fight dryness and dehydration. But the difference lies in how each of them achieves these results.

Water lies within your skin cells that make your skin look plump and radiant. If this water flows out of your skin cells it leaves your skin looking dull and dehydrated. Therefore, you need topical hydration to restore the water back into your skin cells. This is hydration.

While, on the other hand, moisturization is the process of trapping and sealing the moisture content into your skin. Therefore, a good moisturizer works as a barrier that prevents your skin from LOSING its moisture content.

With that cleared up, let’s move on to the next big question-

SHOULD YOU HYDRATE, MOISTURIZE – OR BOTH?

Is your skin on the drier side of the spectrum? If the answer is yes, don’t we quickly assume that a good dose of moisturizer should do the job? But again, is your skin dehydrated or is it simply dry? Dehydrated skin is a skin condition where it looks dull and tired and shows signs of aging. While dry skin, on the other hand, is a skin type that is characterized by low lipid cell production (the Lipid cell barrier is the protective shield on your skin that helps prevent damage and water loss) which in turn leads to flaky skin and rough texture. In such cases, a good moisturizer is what you need. Our personal favorite is Desert Aloe and Jojoba Cream by Sia Botanics, that is specially formulated for dry to severely dry skin.

On the other hand, if you find your skin is looking dull and the fine lines and wrinkles becoming prominent, chances are it is dehydrated. In such cases, topical hydration comes in handy. We love the Deep hydration Night Cream from Sia Botanics. It helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines, rehydrates and heals your skin while you sleep.

As to, which one you should use – some people may have hydrated, but dry skin and others have moisturized yet dehydrated skin. We suggest you use both according to your skin type and as your weather conditions demand. The best way of application is to use hydration first to restore water into skin cells, followed by a moisturizer to lock it in. Quench that skin then hold the moisture in!





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