After you wash your face and use a toner, next is to add some moisture back in. Some face cleansers and toners tend to rid the skin of too much oil, leaving your face feeling dry, cracked, tight, and dull.
WHO LIKES TO EXPERIENCE ANY OF THOSE ISSUES??? Not I…
But which should I buy? Do I need a moisturizer or a hydrator? Yes, there’s more than just “moisturizers”.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MOISTURIZING AND HYDRATING
To determine if your skin is in need of moisturizing or hydration, you first must know what your skin is up to. It can be devious and confusing. Here are the high notes to both moisturizing and hydrating and what benefits both offer so that you can decide which your skin is in need of:
The cells in your skin on your face hold water. Sometimes the water escapes leaving you with dry, flaky, irritated skin. Moisturizers help to seal and lock-in water and nutrients by adding that extra protective layer so that your skin doesn’t get too dried out.
If you’re battling with dull, lack-luster skin and noticing fine lines and wrinkles, your skin is dehydrated and just needs that extra boost. Cells that are hydrated will be plump, bouncy, and fully of glow. Cells that are dehydrated will be shriveled and lack volume.
With that being said, just because you currently use either of the two doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. According to board-certified dermatologist, Anna Guanche, M.D., F.A.A.D.,” People can have hydrated but dry skin or dehydrated but moisturized skin. Ideally, we want hydrated, bouncy, swollen cells that have topical moisture locked into them”.
HOW TO GET YOUR GLOWING SKIN BACK
First of all, water, water, and more WATER! Drinking plenty of water will naturally add nutrients and hydration back to those cells and get them looking perky. If you already intake plenty of water on a daily basis, then it sounds like you need to up you moisturizer game to lock-in the hydration from drinking water. No, a half a glass of water is not “plenty”. And no, drinking iced tea does not count.
If you’re battling dehydration, add a hydrator to your regimen to see if that gives you that extra spark. Many hydrators come with ingredients that help to restore and give life back to your cells, however, be careful with the ones you want to use. There’s a difference in “natural” humectants and “synthetic” humectants. You want to use the natural ones. Sure, the synthetic ones will get the job done but have no long-term benefits for your skin because they may pull moisture into the top layer of the skin but give no moisture to the lower layers, ultimately drying out the skin and making it look more dull in the future. Natural humectants will restore and hydrate while also repairing your skin for the long run to keep those cells thriving and naturally pulling moisture and nutrients in by attracting moisture not only to the top layers but also to the lower layers which helps skin to do “its thang”.
The natural humectants to look for are aloe, honey, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin. The no-no’s are polyethylene glycols (PEGs), silicones, and urea (known as a preservative but has been shown to release formaldehyde….ewww). We want long lasting benefits, not long lasting issues.
Who wants beautiful, glowing skin? WE DO!!
Those who are in need of a hydrator, you shouldn’t worry with what skin type you have as they are generally for all skin types. Hydrators are water-soluble and won’t cause acne. Just be sure to avoid hydrators with alcohol as an ingredient. Yes, I know. That’s kind of an oxymoron. We want hydration, not more dryness.
Moisturizers can also be creamy or gel-like and thick or thin in consistency. Many suggest lightweight lotions or gels for summer/spring months where there’s going to be warm, sweaty days and then switch to a heavier formula for those cold, dry days in the winter/fall months.
Those with acne-prone skin or sensitive skin should choose moisturizers with utmost care because there are some that are formulated for specific skin types. You should gravitate towards moisturizers that are light and oil-free. Many of the thin lotion formulas tend to have less oil. These also tend to have better water content. Any lotion or cream, whether thick or thin, shall do just fine for combination skin. Those battling dry skin should focus on creamy lotions or serums.
Whichever you decide, be sure to apply your hydrator and/or moisturizer (hydrator then moisturizer to avoid peeling) on a clean face in the morning before you apply sunscreen and makeup and at night before going to bed.
Leave a comment below and let me know what skin type you have and which products you use to combat your pesky issues!
See you soon! 🙂
Jessica, Founder of Southern Lashes