Moisturiser or hydrator—which product do you need for your skin type?
Often used interchangeably, the terms ‘moisturiser’ and ‘hydrator’ actually denote different products. Here’s how you can choose the right one based on your needs
If you’ve never really gotten into the details of the terms ‘moisturiser’ and ‘hydrator’, it’s easy to assume that they mean the same thing—products that save your skin from feeling dry and parched. While that is true to an extent, both the products do serve different functions and choosing the right one can make all the difference to your skincare routine. Mumbai-based celebrity skin expert Dr Jamuna Pai helps us understand the difference. “Hydrators help to absorb water from the atmosphere and infuse the water into your skin cells making them appear plumper whereas a moisturiser helps to lock in the moisture into the skin cells keeping them hydrated.” Here’s a handy guide to understanding which works best for your skin type.
Hydrators vs moisturisers
“Most products these days have both hydrators and moisturisers infused which help to hydrate and moisturise your skin at the same time,” says Dr Pai. “One can choose hydrators like glycerin, aloe vera, honey and hyaluronic acid, which help not only to absorb the water [from the environment] but at the same time increase the water content within the skin cells. Moisturisers can be emollient (soothing) or occlusive (waxy, air- and water-tight) or one that contains mineral oil, petrolatum, plant esters and plant oil.”