Hydration vs Moisture: Did You Know There’s a Difference?

Hey Skincare Fanatics!

Have you heard the words Hydration and Moisture used interchangeably in the world of skincare? We’re here to help you get a better understanding to maximize your skincare routine!

A good way to differentiate between the terms is to remember that hydration refers to water, and that moisture refers to oil. If your skin is dehydrated, then it lacks water and if your skin is dry, then it lacks oil.

Hydrating ingredients in skincare products are called “Humectants”, they draw water from the environment and body and allocate it towards the outermost layer of the skin. Moisturizing ingredients in skincare products are called “occlusives”. Occlusives are moisturizing agents that work by forming a protective layer on the surface of your skin that prevents water from escaping, while restoring the skin’s natural texture and preventing inflammation.

Some humectants commonly found in skincare formulations include sugars, glycerin/glycerol, hyaluronic acid, and some fruit-derived acids. Some occlusives commonly found in skincare formulations include petroleum jelly, butters, oils, and waxes.

At Céla, our formulations implement both natural humectant and occlusive ingredients. Our products include either glycerin or sucrose as a humectant, and our most predominant occlusives are cupuacu butter, shea butter, Abyssinian oil, soybean oil, and coconut oil.

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