As a follow-up to my last post, I thought about explaining which of our skincare products are hydrating and which ones are moisturizing and then sharing the products in my routine that belong to each category as examples!
If hydrating products go deep into the skin to deliver moisture, they are your hydrating toners and serums, especially serums that are formulated with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, to name a couple. We use these products after toner but before the last step of our routine, which is–you guessed it–moisturizer.
Moisturizing products create a protective layer on the surface of our skin. You’ve heard of the phrase that moisturizers “seal everything into place.” Moisturizers go last because they are the heaviest layer. We apply moisturizer to seal in all the moisture and treatments we applied prior. Moisturizing products can be lotion, cream, fluid, oil, balm or sleeping mask/pack. Some of us use both oil and another moisturizer in either order.
Take a look at the hydrating and moisturizing products I use in my everyday routine in the a.m. and p.m. in the picture above. I didn’t include my toners because they’re not hydrating. In the morning, I use an astringent and in the evening, I use exfoliating pads. But, if your toner is a hydrating toner, it definitely would be categorized as a hydrating product (of course)!
On the top row, I have my hydrating spray (used after toner), essence toner (also applied after toner) and a mix of two oils. On the bottom row, I have a moisturizer (used in the a.m.), a vitamin C serum, an ampoule and another moisturizer (used in the p.m.).
So, which products are hydrating and which are moisturizing? The hydrating products are my spray, essence and ampoule. I use the spray that is a mix of rose water, aloe vera juice and glycerin and the essence toner for a boost of hydration before applying the rest of my products. The moisturizing ones are my oils and both moisturizers, which are creams.
Here’s a closer look at the ampoule and both moisturizers:
Remember that most serums are hydrating because they contain actives formulated to address specific skin concerns, such as dark circles and wrinkles. Moisturizers keep those serums in your skin with its protective layer on top by adding moisture for both oily and dry skin types, respectively.
Did you notice I didn’t include my vitamin C serum? Vitamin C isn’t formulated to hydrate the skin but to provide an antioxidant to combat free radicals. You can expect to see a brightening effect to your skin with consistent use if your skin tends to be dull.