Do You Have Dry or Dehydrated Skin?

Are you puzzled by skin that feels tight, appears dull, and has exaggerated wrinkles despite using skincare products specific for dry skin types? You might be experiencing a dehydrated skin condition and in need of heavy-duty nourishment from a proper hydrator.

The difference boils down to the misconceptions over “dehydrated” and “dry” skin. Dehydration and its symptoms is a condition that any and all skin types, from dry to sensitive to oily to combination, can experience.

Dehydrated skin lacks water and requires hydration. Dry skin lacks oil and needs moisturization. However, the terms “hydration” and “moisturization” are often used interchangeably, which is confusing to many who are searching for the right product for their skins. One way to know with certainty that you’re getting exactly what you need is to check the ingredients list, as there are specific ingredients for hydration and moisturization respectively.

For hydration, look for humectants

To parch dehydrated skin, keep an eye out for humectant ingredients. These are water-loving molecules that have the ability to attract water from the surroundings to hydrate the top-most layer of the skin. Perhaps no other humectant is as beloved in skincare than hyaluronic acid. With the legendary ability to hold up to a thousand times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid is a superstar ingredient that a healthy skincare regimen should not be without. You’ll have this ingredient to thank for smooth and flawless skin!

For moisture, look for emollients and occlusives

When skin lacks moisture and is peeling, flaking and irritated, two kinds of ingredients are key: emollients and occlusives. Both work in different ways to strengthen the epidermis and protect it from external harm. By replenishing depleted lipids in the skin’s natural barrier, emollients create a smooth and soft overall skin texture. Occlusives form a layer on top of the epidermis, locking in moisture and preventing water loss.

Not only are most plant oils emollients and occlusives, they also contain a multitude of other antioxidant benefits and help to craft healthy, glowing skin.

Can a single product both hydrate and moisturize my skin?

Yes, of course! Effective moisturizers contain a blend of all three ingredient categories. Our Soothe Moisturizer is formulated to fulfil the hydration and moisturization needs of dry and sensitive skin types. Hyaluronic acid and plant oils such as passionfruit and jojoba come together to create a versatile, lightweight cream that is suited for those that prefer a minimal, bare-necessities routine, as well as those who are searching for a middle-step product to layer between serums and face oils. Why not try it for yourself and see the results on your own? 

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