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Hydrator or moisturizer?

by Ariana Arjona |

We often hear a lot about skincare routines and how important moisturizing and hydration are for them. But what exactly does moisturizing mean? Is hydration the same thing? Most people think these two terms are synonymous, but the truth is, even though they share some similarities, they are not the same. We will help you to understand both terms in order to make the right decision when buying skin products.

When we talk about hydration, we mean adding water to our skin cells to help them trap water. So, when you are using a topical hydrator, you are basically infusing your cells with water to improve your skin’s ability to absorb moisture and nutrients.

Hydrated skin is plump and bouncy (F L A W L E S S). Dehydrated skin looks shriveled and lackluster — your worst nightmare. While dry skin is a skin type, remember that dehydrated skin is a condition that anyone can suffer, regardless of skin type.

Now, what about moisturizing? This one is about creating a protective barrier on our skin to prevent water loss and maintain our smooth, soft skin. Basically, it’s a way to protect the work done via hydration.

These two steps are a perfect team! They have different purposes, but they also complement each other to give you amazing results on your skin! They work together with just one main goal: healthy skin.

Which one should I use?

To know which product best suits your skin, you have to first know your skin condition. Is it dry? Oily? Both? Once you have this information, you can tell if your skin is dry or dehydrated.

Our skin has a natural barrier that helps to protect it from damage and water loss. If your skin tends to be dry, it means it’s not producing enough lipid cells to create that protective barrier, so the moisture evaporates instead of being locked in your skin. If this is the case, you probably need a moisturizer to help your skin seal that barrier and nourish your skin, reducing the amount of water that it evaporates during the day.

If you feel what we’ve covered so far doesn’t apply to your skin, but you have other concerns, like dealing with a dull complexion, fine lines, and wrinkles; you are definitely having a dehydration problem. When your skin is dehydrated it is because its cells are thirsty, so they are not giving you the best complexion because they need water to function properly. In this scenario, the best thing you can do is drink a lot of water and help your skin with topical hydration.

Now that you know the basics about hydration or moisturizing, you can give a look at our Pracaxi Oil and use this miracle product as a replacement for traditional face cream and moisturizer.