What is the difference between hydrating and moisturizing? And, how can I improve the moisture level in my skin
You made my day J – thank you! The terms hydrating and moisturizing ARE used interchangeably. Technically, they are different. Hydration refers to boosting water content in skin and retaining water content in skin. Moisturizing can include that but usually means some type of oil-in-water or water-in-oil mix (emulsion).
Practically, its not worth differentiating though because you want to add to and then retain as much moisture as you can if you are dry. Here are some ideas:
- Try a number of different moisturizers before deciding on the best one for you. Even try some inexpensive drugstore products like CeraVe
- There’s really no such thing as true “time-release” for moisturizers in my opinion
- Try layering moisturizers like the Vitamin B 5 Gel (high hyaluronic acid level) under with a richer product like the Replenish Hydrating Cream and sunscreen over that in the morning.
- Cleanse with only gentle lotion cleansers or water so you don’t strip natural oils off your skin
- Skin gets dryer as we get older and with central heating, dry climates and air conditioning. Moisturize more.
- Moisturize 3-4 times a day, if needed
- Move to Hawaii! 🙂
Hope this helps, Dr. I