The Importance of Hydration


We’ve all heard the term, your skin is so hydrated. But what does that actually mean and how do we achieve hydrated skin? What’s the difference between hydrators and moisturizers?

It’s an easy mistake to make and a common misconception, but hydration and moisture are not interchangeable words and they do not describe the same thing. Each type of product is specifically formulated to serve a different purpose for the skin.

Hydrating products are usually serum based, designed to increase the water content in the skin. Many hydrating products contain hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring hydrator already found in our skin. This ingredient is able to hold 1000 times its weight in water.

Moisturizing products’ main responsibility is to reduce transepidermal water loss (TWEL) by forming a barrier over the skin’s surface. Moisturizers will not hydrate the skin. Iit instead acts like a sealant stopping the skin from losing moisture.

How To Select The Best Hydration Product

Is your skin dry or dehydrated? To select your best hydration product you need to understand that there is a difference between dehydrated and dry skin, and a difference between hydrated and oily skin. In simple terms, dehydrated skin lacks water and dry skin lacks oil. You can be both dry and dehydrated; you can also be oily and dehydrated! – seems overwhelming.

Dehydrated skin lacks moisture in the surface layers of the skin. Dehydrated skin is tight to the touch and is dull in appearance. These are signs that the problem has started deeper in the same and only ingredients with the ability to pass through the layers of the skin to hydrate and nourish the living cells are helpful. Hydrated skin is more supple and stronger!

Dry skin also lacks moisture in the deeper layers. Coupled with a thickened dry surface, this layer usually doesn’t shed as it should and builds up. Dry skin looks and feels very tight, rough, uneven and flaky. Some cracking can occur also. Due to the fact that the barrier is often comprised, dry skin is prone to itching and irritation. To prevent transepidermal water loss, very dry skin will benefit from deeper hydration and moisturizers.

Oily skin is identified by an excess of oil (sebum) on the face. The skin can feel greasy just hours after washing. Oily skin types should use hydration from serums as moisturizers will mix with the oil on the skin’s surface and continue to congest the skin.

What To Do Next

To learn more about hydrators and moisturizers for your skin type, contact Wake Health Medical Group by calling (919) 554-6754 or schedule a consultation with one of our skincare specialists today!


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