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Hydrating and Moisturizing Your Skin Aren’t The Same Thing — Here’s Why

November 27, 2020 2 min read

Hydrating and Moisturizing Your Skin Aren’t The Same Thing — Here’s Why

There are various factors that go into achieving the glowing, clear complexion of your dreams, but one of the biggest things to keep in mind—and something that you can easily achieve today—is the hydration and moisture levels of your skin. 


Dry, irritated skin will almost always result in acne. Not only because your skin is inflamed from the dryness, but also because your pores are likely clogged with dead skin thatresults in pimples


Not what you’re going for, right?


We didn’t think so, and that’s why we want to clear up a common misconception today. 


Hydrated skin is not the same as moisturized skin. 


Spoiler alert: You need both to achieve your skincare goals. Let us explain. 


What’s The Difference Between Hydrated Skin and Moisturized Skin?


Let’s get right to the point here. 


Hydrated skin absorbs moisture from the air. When your skin is hydrated, the cells are infused with water, improving their ability to take in nutrients. Not too surprisingly, hydrated skin results in a more glowing complexion. 


Moisturized skin is similar, but there is a key difference. While hydrated skin is about taking in moisture, moisturized skin is about trapping in moisture, improving the skin’s protective barrier. When skin is moisturized, you’ll notice the texture is smoother and softer. 


Bottom line: You want both hydrated skin (glow) and moisturized skin (soft and smooth). 


So how do you achieve both hydrated skin and moisturized skin? Read on. 


How Do I Hydrate and Moisturize My Skin?


Unless you’re passionate about skincare, there’s a good chance when you’re searching for skincare products, you’re using the words “hydrator” and “moisturizer” interchangeably. 


But just as there is a difference between moisturized skin and hydrated skin, there are also different products that help hydrate and moisturize. 


Hydrators usually contain humectants. Hydrators also tend to be lighter, while moisturizers are thick, rich products that help trap moisture in. 


In particular, if you’re finding that your skin is dehydrated (i.e. dull), then you likely need a hydrator that contains hyaluronic acid. For instance, because ourAMETHYST Serum is full of hyaluronic acid, it instantly delivers moisture directly to the skin, plumping it up and giving it that vibrant, glowy look. 


On the other hand, if you’re finding that your skin is dry and flaky, then you’re more likely dealing with a moisture issue (i.e. your moisture barrier is compromised and no matter how much hydration you add, moisture is escaping from your cells). 


If this is the case for you, look for rich body butter like our best-sellingGOLDEN MYLK Whipped Brightening Butter. Sinking deep into the epidermis, this body butter helps lock in moisture. 


Pair ourAMETHYST Serum with abody butter by first applying the serum to deliver direct hydration to the skin cells, and then apply your body butter to help seal the moisture in. 


The combination of both a powerful hydrator and an effective moisturizer can completely change the state of your skin, taking it from dull and flaking to glowing and radiant. 


What would you rather choose?


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