Written By Jennifer Raskin / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
You might think your moisturizing cream is a skin hydrator, but sometimes that’s not the case. Moisturizers and skin hydrators differ in how they fight dryness and damage. A skin hydrator will infuse skin cells with water to make them plump up.
Think of them like a nice drink of water for skin cells!
But then you have moisturizers which are ideal for locking in that moisture your hydrator just delivered. Moisturizers are more focused on the exterior point of your skin to boost that protective barrier and prevent that essential hydration from leaving your skin.
Which To Use – Hydrator Or Moisturizer?
Much of it depends on whether or not your skin is dehydrated. Dry skin is different in that the exterior is just dry. Dehydrated skin goes beneath the surface. The first step is to take a closer look at your skin. If you see flakes, you don’t have enough lipid cells on your surface to form that essential barrier. In that case, you’ll need a moisturizer. When you use a moisturizer, it will prevent water from evaporating from your skin.
But if your complexion looks a bit dull and the lines and wrinkles on your face are looking more obvious, dehydration is likely the problem. You’ll need a skin hydrator to get to the root problem in your skin. This leads to cells that are full and plumped up. Additionally, it’s a sign you should be drinking more water. Hydration works best when it comes from within too!
For your best skin, you should aim to keep it hydrated using a skin hydrator on the surface along with getting enough water. These natural humectants don’t just work instantly but also over time. Products with hyaluronic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, marine extracts, and raw organic honey are your best choices. There are synthetic ingredients too, but natural is always the best choice.
Your Best Skin
If you have problematic skin, you don’t have to worry about skin hydrators either. They’re water-soluble so they won’t clog up your pores. Be wary about formulas with alcohol though as that can just dry or irritate the skin, putting you back at square one.
Moisturizers need more variety based on the seasons and your skin type. In the warmer months, you’ll want something with a lighter feel while in colder weather; a thicker and richer formula will keep skin from going dry. As for acne-prone skin, look for oil-free formulas that won’t clog your skin up and lead to more breakouts. Dry skin types should choose more emollient formulas to seal the deal.
To get your best skin, use a hydrator and moisturizer together. Apply the hydrator first after cleansing in the morning, followed by a moisturizer that has SPF protection for daytime. At night, use a moisturizer without SPF to keep skin happy and calm. In this way, you’ll have skin that always looks plumped up, smoothed, and deeply healthy from within.
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Jennifer Raskin is a freelance writer, wife and mom that loves cold weather despite her location in Florida, cooking, reading, watching ‘80s movies, weight-lifting, and wine tasting.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.