Hydration and moisturization crucial to beautiful

Moisturizers? Hydrators? Do You Have A Clue Which to Use?

The Difference

I Think I Have It Figured Out



Healthy skin needs hydration

Have you ever felt like your skin needs a drink of water?  As I age, I feel this more and more. Well, its probably true!

With all the skincare products out there on the market today, as a consumer, its crazy to try and figure out which ones will truly do anything for your skin. Specifically, the ones that you must figure out  to use  are for hydration or moisturization. Dehydrated skin lacks water and needs to be hydrated. Dry skin lacks oil and needs to be moisturized.   ( please repeat)

It is important to distinguish between these two, because they can often be treated incorrectly. Sooo, to put oil on top of already dehydrated skin may smooth it,  but it will still lack the hydration that makes it feel  soft and supple and elastic.

This is a great explanation in simple terms:  While hydration is what makes our skin soft, it wont stay that way if there is no oil protecting that hydration from evaporating and abandoning the skin, which would leave it dry and flaky.


A Little More



“A moisturizer’s job is to reduce the amount of water that evaporates off of the skin to minimize transepidermal water loss. This locks in and seal in moisture,” says Dr. Guanche. Moisturizing is particularly helpful for skin that is dry or peeling or flaking after undergoing a chemical peel, using RetinA OR during the winter. Dry skin means your skin isn’t producing enough lipid cells on its own, so moisturizers can help lock in moisture.

Dry skin affects males and females equally and is very common in older individuals as they are prone to having dry skin. As we age, our skin tends to diminish  the amounts of natural skin oils and lubricants. The amount of water vapor in the surrounding air, also known as humidity, is another cause of dry skin.

Moisturizing reduces the  chances of skin problems. Using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin can help maintain its balance. When skin is too dry or too oily, many kinds of common skin problems like acne start to pop up. According to Dr. Ted Lain, if your skin tends to be oily, you should look for lotions instead of creams, and try to find a moisturizer with an exfoliant ingredient. Now if your skin tends to be dry, look for cream–they tend to have a higher oil content.

What Is the Difference? Learn here how to tell !

Moisturizing can reduce  the appearance of other blemishes. Freshly moisturized skin has a healthy sheen, which can even out any existing blemishes. And today, some moisturizers have some kind of tint or self tanner that can work with any skin tone.  Moisturized skin helps your skin stay young . Your face, ears, neck and chest are sensitive areas and tend to replace themselves more often than any other area on your body. And this daily skin loss of skin cells leaves these areas vulnerable to the dryness and elements–in fact these areas are considered high-risk areas for skin cancer.

Lastly, we all know that moisturized skin fights wrinkles. That plump, firm feeling in your face after moisturizing isn’t just an illusion. And those who moisturize properly, accumulate wrinkles at just a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin.



“Hydration [refers to] the water content within the cells that leads them to swell and be plump and bouncy, thus reflecting light well. If the water leaves these cells, by what ever reason,  and the cells become dehydrated, they can and will shrivel, which leads to lack luster skin.”explains  board certified dermatologist Anna Guanche, MD, FAAD.  This means that when you  use a topical hydrator, you’re infusing your cells with water and improving your skin’s ability to absorb moisture and nutrients.


How Do You Know What Your Skin Needs?


If your skin tends to be on the dry side, its easy to assume that a healthy dose of moisturizer is all it takes to restore its plump appearance and beautiful glow. This is true at times, it also can mean that your skin may not, in fact be dry but dehydrated.  “Dehydrated skin means the cells are parched and starved of water. When this happens, they are not plump and volumized and appear to be shriveled. People can have hydrated but dry skin or dehydrated but moisturized  skin. Ideally, we want hydrated, bouncy, swollen cells that have topical moisture locked into them, say Dr. Anna Guanche”.

At its core, hydration is defined as the process of causing something to absorb water.


Water best dehydrator

So, How  Do We get Water or Hydration into our Cells?


Besides the obvious, “water” there are products called ” humectants”.  In the skin care world, these humectants, which are ingredients that pull moisture from the environment and deliver it into your skin’s layers, which helps to replenish any water imbalance that’s causing dehydration in the skin.  If your looking for a  hydrator you will find it in the form of serums, facial oils, water creams, gels. Some of the popular humectants are Lactic acid, papaya extracts glycerin, and of course, HYALURONIC acid.

Even if a hydrator saturates skin with a slew of water, that moisture will just up and evaporate into thin air—literally— through a process called  transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Not happy about that!  Also, If your skin’s natural lipid barrier is weakened or compromised by outside factors like sun damage, harsh chemicals, wind, or any other  internal  issues, TEWL immediately goes off  kilter, and moisture loss can increase even more dramatically.   To the rescue,,, Moisturizers!   They create that barrier over the skin and trap  in moisture and keep it inside your skin!

I hope that this answered some of your questions?  I’ve often thought why and what each one does what it does, but never ever took the time to research it or ask questions to those in authority.  I am so glad I did !  I hope it was as much help to you!

Below you will find some of my fave’s and recommendations! Take a look!


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Here are some highly recommended products I see everywhere in the blogging world!

This product I remember buying a few years back,, LOVED it!  It has all 5 star ratings from customers. It is wonderful  hyaluronic moisture. For me at the time,  I did not need the moisture !   But now again, thinking I want to purchase!

 Hyaluronic serum is lovely and comes very highly recommended. Check it out! Just Click The PINK button!

Hydration and moisturization , all visible sign of aging
Nerium Day & Night Age IQ



This Dynamic Duo is MY “Go To”!  They are the ultimate combo for combating around the clock skin care!  Want to Know more? Hit that LINK!  LOVE this duo…


This Is Me. I still cannot believe how my skin has changed. I am Obsessed!This Is Me! 2 years of use with this product.


Tinted Moisturizer From Laura Mercier one of the Best


This Tinted Moisturizer by Laura Mercier Is Awesome! If you want a light tint and a moisturizer and an SPF all in one,  you can not go wrong with this one. This totally can replace a foundation, and Laura Mercier has always had great products. Click The  LINK!

So there you have it, just a few of some of my best hydrators and moisturizers.  Just always remember the #1 commandment is Sunscreen!  Sunscreen is the foundation of any good skin care regimen!

Till the next time,,,,

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Michele XO


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