Natural, glowing and dewy—the highly sought after look for skin that many products on the market today claim to achieve. If this timelessly beautiful look is one you’re seeking, it’s important to fully understand what your skin is telling you in order to use the appropriate products accordingly. “Hydrating” and “Moisturizing” are two words often used interchangeably. In skincare, they both address the need to keep the moisture content of the skin at a healthy level. However, the methods by which products of these kinds go about doing so is what determines their differences. And, when you know your skin and listen to what it’s telling you, you’ll find that using Hydrating products vs. Moisturizing products can be a very subtle and strategic change in your skincare routine that makes all the difference! So, let’s break it down…
As you may already know, the skin’s outermost layer is made up of lipids (oils) that help to protect lower layers and internal organs from the external environment. It also plays an important role against water loss, as water and oils do not mix, thus keeping the skin’s water content in and unwanted foreign substances out. This skin function is what moisturizers help to maintain—they help form a protective barrier on the surface of the skin to lock-in the natural oils, thus locking in moisture and preventing water loss. If you have naturally dry, flakey skin, it could be because your skin is not naturally producing enough oil to protect and keep moisture in.
When you think of hydrating your body, you naturally think about increasing the body’s water content. The same holds true for skin hydration… it’s all about water content in the skin, which can be a tricky thing to accomplish because of the fact that oil (which comprises the surface of the skin) and water do not mix. Keeping your body hydrated by drinking water definitely makes a difference in skin hydration, just as it does for all organs in the body. But, until recently, it has been difficult to find hydrating products that push past the lipid/oil layer of the skin and push water deeper into the layers of the skin. Hydrating ingredients such as humectants have typically been used in skincare to deliver higher quantities of water to the surface of the skin, but that’s usually where they stop. To properly and effectively hydrate skin, you need a product that not only holds more water, but it also penetrates and delivers it deep into the layers of the skin. As of now, HydrO18™ Activated Water™ is the only ingredient on the market that does just that—provides a topical solution for effectively hydrating skin. And, the only product currently on the market to feature this wonderful ingredient is Apriori Beauty’s Celloxylin® Moisture Extreme, Hydrating Mask!
Ohhh, it all makes sense now! So, how do I incorporate this into my skincare routine?
Think of it this way… moisturizers help to lock water (and hydration) into the skin. Hydrating skin first, then using a moisturizer to keep water and moisture in is the best way to ensure your skin maintains a healthy glow all day long. It’s also important to listen to what your skin is telling you. Dry, flakey skin could need more moisture and protection from water loss through use of a moisturizer. Tight, dehydrated skin may be more in need of water and hydration. Regular use of both types of products, according to your skin type, can make all the difference. Here’s what we recommend…
Hydrate & Moisturize for night — go through your normal evening routine… cleanse, tone, then treat with hydration, and moisturize for the long-haul! Water and moisture loss can be a serious issue throughout the long hours of the night, so it is important to first hydrate skin thoroughly, then lock that water in with a heavy moisturizer. We recommend using Apriori Beauty’s Celloxylin® Moisture Extreme, Hydrating Mask first, then after washing/wiping it off, using Celloxylin® Step 5. Night Repair 3Deep. If you already have naturally oily skin, and feel like a heavy moisturizer might be too much for you, just use the Hydrating Mask and leave it on overnight!
Moisturize for day — after your night routine, you should wake up feeling hydrated and glowing. Continue through your normal morning routine… cleanse, tone, & treat… then, finish off with a moisturizer that will PROTECT through the day. Use a moisturizer that will keep natural oils and water in, but unwanted environmental factors out—use a moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF protection, like Apriori Beauty’s Celloxylin® Step 5. Day Defense Plus, Broad Spectrum SPF 25.