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Is hydrating and moisturising your skin the same?

When browsing the skincare aisle at any store, you’ll often see the words “hydrating” and “moisturising” on many products. Here is how you will know which one you need.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: January 5, 2020 3:41:43 pm
skincare tips, festive skincare, beauty tips, skincare for oily skin, skincare for dry skin, indian express While both hydrating and moisturising are key in providing skin with much-needed nourishment, knowing the difference will help you make the best choice when targeting your skin’s specific needs. (Photo: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

The beauty market for long has been witnessing brands pushing endless products claiming to provide healthy, smooth, and radiant skin. So how do you decide what skincare products to purchase?

If you’re in the market for a new moisturiser and looking at the long aisle of products, it can get pretty daunting. You are likely to see the words ‘moisturising’ and ‘hydrating’ mentioned throughout different labels and brands and probably assume they mean the same thing. Well, they actually don’t.

While both are key in providing skin with much-needed nourishment, knowing the difference will help you make the best choice when targeting your skin’s specific needs.

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Difference between hydrating and moisturising

skincare, ayurvedic skincare, monsoon skincare tips, skincare for monsoon, indian express Hydration refers to the water content within the cells that leads them to swell and be plump and bouncy, thus reflecting light well. (Photo: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

Moisturisers and hydrators both address the importance of making sure the skin is getting all the water it needs to fight the dryness and dehydration which leads to premature signs of ageing and discolouration. The difference, however, lies mostly in how they go about achieving these results.

Hydration refers to the water content within the cells that leads them to swell and ensures in keeping the skin plump and bouncy. If water flows out of the cells and the cells are dehydrated, they can become shrivelled, which leads to lacklustre skin. This means that when you’re giving into topical hydration, you are infusing your cells with water and improving your skin’s ability to absorb moisture and nutrients.

On the other hand, moisturising is about trapping and sealing in moisture to build the skin’s protective barrier, preventing water loss and keeping the skin soft and smooth and protected from pollutants.

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How to know if you need hydration and moisturiser or both?

skincare, beauty regime, monsoon, cleansing, moisturising, exfoliating, organic makeup, Indian Express, Indian Express News To know if your skin is dry or dehydrated, it’s important to take note of your skin’s condition. (Source: File Photo)

If your skin tends to be on the dry side, it is easy to assume that a moisturiser will do the job for you to get that youthful glow. While this may be true at times, it is quite possible that your skin may not be dry but just dehydrated. And if the latter is true, then a hydrating cream is what you need to recuperate it.

To know if your skin is dry or dehydrated, it’s important to take note of the condition of your skin. The skin holds a natural lipid barrier that protects itself from damage and water loss. If you are prone to having dry or flaky skin, it is a sign that it’s not producing enough lipid cells to form a protective barrier, making it unable to lock in moisture. And that’s where moisturisers come in.

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However, remember while hydration is what makes our up with enough water, it won’t stay that way if there is no oil protecting that hydration from evaporating and leaving the skin.  In the same manner, dehydrated skin that is moisturised without receiving the amount of hydration will still look dull and feel uncomfortably tight. Dry skin that is hydrated but not moisturised will still flake and will feel dry on touching.

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