Hydrating & Moisturizing Hydrating & Moisturizing

Posted on by Carol Wu

One of the commonly asked questions we received is "My skin is dry, what should I get?".  "Dry" is a very broad term, it could mean dehydrated skin as a result of lacking water, it could mean dry skin as a result of lacking oil, or both.  People often cannot distinguish between dehydrated and dry skin.

One of the most common misconceoption is, use oil free products!  People automatically associating oil to breakouts which is not true.  The lack of oil content in the skin can actually cause overdrying.  Overdrying will induce the skin to produce excess oil and causing congestion or breakouts.  

Hydrating

Dehydrated skin feels tight and needs to increase the amount of water in the skin (Hydrating).  By keeping the skin hydrated will help make the skin feels smooth, and soft.  Hydration is need for dehydrated skin, however it will need oil (the moisturizer) to protect the hydration from evaporating.

When it comes to hydrating ingredient, hyaluronic acid is definitely the standard.  Hyaluronic acid can be found naturally in our body, and it holds water a thousand times than its weight and can be absorbted by the skin quickly.

Moisturizing

Hydrated skin that lacks moisture will still have a flaky and rough texture. and needs oils to moisturize the skin.  To moisturize the skin, I recommend using oil based products such as vegetable carrier oils containing essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that nourishes the skin.

(Note: The sebaceous glands in the skin produces sebum, an oily matter that lubricates, protects, nourishes the skin and prevents the skin from drying.  Sebum plays a vital role in moisturizing the skin.   Vice versa, over production of sebum results in oily skin or acne.) 

  • Dehydrated and not moisturized skin, will look dull, feel tight, and have flaky and rough texture.
  • Hydrated skin but not moisturized, will still have flaky and rough texture. 
  • Moisturized skin but dehydrated, will look dull and feel tight.

Maximizing the effectiveness!

Hydrating" is to add water, and "Moisturizing" is to keep water.  It is easy to understand to hydrate then moisture (Serum then Oil).

  • If you have dry skin, apply serum then oil to lock in the water.
  • If you have oily skin or acne you may skip the oil because your skin produces enough to lock in the hydration.

One of the commonly asked questions we received is "My skin is dry, what should I get?".  "Dry" is a very broad term, it could mean dehydrated skin as a result of lacking water, it could mean dry skin as a result of lacking oil, or both.  People often cannot distinguish between dehydrated and dry skin.

One of the most common misconceoption is, use oil free products!  People automatically associating oil to breakouts which is not true.  The lack of oil content in the skin can actually cause overdrying.  Overdrying will induce the skin to produce excess oil and causing congestion or breakouts.  

Hydrating

Dehydrated skin feels tight and needs to increase the amount of water in the skin (Hydrating).  By keeping the skin hydrated will help make the skin feels smooth, and soft.  Hydration is need for dehydrated skin, however it will need oil (the moisturizer) to protect the hydration from evaporating.

When it comes to hydrating ingredient, hyaluronic acid is definitely the standard.  Hyaluronic acid can be found naturally in our body, and it holds water a thousand times than its weight and can be absorbted by the skin quickly.

Moisturizing

Hydrated skin that lacks moisture will still have a flaky and rough texture. and needs oils to moisturize the skin.  To moisturize the skin, I recommend using oil based products such as vegetable carrier oils containing essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that nourishes the skin.

(Note: The sebaceous glands in the skin produces sebum, an oily matter that lubricates, protects, nourishes the skin and prevents the skin from drying.  Sebum plays a vital role in moisturizing the skin.   Vice versa, over production of sebum results in oily skin or acne.) 

  • Dehydrated and not moisturized skin, will look dull, feel tight, and have flaky and rough texture.
  • Hydrated skin but not moisturized, will still have flaky and rough texture. 
  • Moisturized skin but dehydrated, will look dull and feel tight.

Maximizing the effectiveness!

Hydrating" is to add water, and "Moisturizing" is to keep water.  It is easy to understand to hydrate then moisture (Serum then Oil).

  • If you have dry skin, apply serum then oil to lock in the water.
  • If you have oily skin or acne you may skip the oil because your skin produces enough to lock in the hydration.