Hydration Versus Moisture: What You Need to Know

It's oddly warm in Chicago this winter (30 to 40 degree weather), however, my skin is still dry af. I usually have a pretty decent handle on keeping my skin hydrated and moisturized, however, I recently had a whole ass baby and my skin is more dry than usual due to me not maintaining my skin ritual as well. While I don't always have time to do my full on routine, I make sure I always cleanse, hydrate, and moisturize. This is my secret sauce to having for-the-most-part clear skin. I say for the most part because my skin isn't perfect - I still do have breakouts every now and then, which is totally ok.

You're probably thinking that hydration and moisturizing are the same thing but lemme enlighten you chile cause they is a difference! 

What's the difference, you may be asking?

Simply put, hydrating the skin increases the amount of water in your skin cells. Moisturizing helps to prevent that water in your cells from evaporating.

Next let's talk about dehydrated skin. Dehydration is the actual condition of your skin due to your lifestyle habits. Like how you ain't been drinking no water but you're complaining about your skin looking a whole dry irritated mess. This is often the case with oily skin types - the skin is actually dehydrated and your body is overproducing sebum to compensate for a lack of hydration, so although you have this layer of oil shinin bright across yo forehead, your skin still feels dry which can lead to irritation and breakouts. 

So, how do you fix it? 

1. Drink some water. I'm not gonna keep telling y'all to DRINK SOME WATER. If you have a hard time drinking plain water (eye roll - really!?), enjoy some water filled fruits like watermelon, cucumbers, grapes, and blended smoothies. Hint water is pretty decent too. This will help to hydrate your skin from the inside out. I'm also digging this hydrating supplement to help the body to better absorb water to keep my skin glistening.

2. Hydrate before moisturizing. Naturally hydrating ingredients include humectants which draw water into the skin like glycerine, aloe, and alpha hydroxy acids (naturally found in apple cider vinegar), and hydrosols (or flower waters). I like to mist my face with distilled water with a little vegetable glycerine in it and mist throughout the day. I prefer distilled water as all inorganic minerals (the body can't absorb inorganic minerals) have been removed allowing my skin to get the purest form of direct hydration. I love these misters from Amazon. 

3. Moisturize after hydrating. This is to seal in the hit of hydration you just gave to your skin. Natural oils, serums, and butters are great moisturizers for the skin. If you're part of the #naturalhair gang, you've probably heard of the LOC method (a hydrating and moisturizing method to lock moisture into the hair using a liquid, oil, then cream). Same goes for the skin. You want to add a hydrator first, then add an oil or cream based moisturizer to seal the hydration and moisturize.

Now that you know the differences and how to build more hydration and or moisture into your skin ritual, I'ma need you to go out in the world and be yo best mad moisturized self! 


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