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Moisturizer or Hydrating lotion ?Choose based upon ingredients and skin type.

Updated: Apr 25

Sometimes there is a bit confusion between Hydrating Lotion and Moisturizer .

Whether both are the same or not ?

Whether we should we use both of them or any one is enough ? Being a Makeup Artist , I came across different types & conditions of skins . People often are confused about products .They choose their skin care regimen according to the advertisement they see from social media or from any person. Due to which people usually choose products based upon brand names Instead of knowing their own skin type

So I am here to solve the problem for you ...

There are Three types of ingredients in list of Moisturizer 1. Humectant 2. Emollient 3. Occlusive

1. Humectant : which retain and preserve moisturizer. Humectants attracts water . They pull moisture from the air into upper layer of your skin. There are numbers of humectants available in skin and hair products . Some of them also work to get rid of dead skin to even out the surface of skin. Here are most common used humectants for skin. Hyaluronic acid - Keeps skin moisturized and radiant .It has capacity to retain large amount of water to provide moisture to skin and to prevent wrinkles on skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) - AHAs helps to get rid of dead skin cells to provide anti-aging effect. Glycerin - it's most common ingredient in list of skincare regimen. It treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations. Salicylic acid - It helps the skin to shed dead cells from the top layer and by decreasing redness and swelling (inflammation). It also helps  decreases the number of pimples that form and speeds healing Sodium lactate- It has twice water holding capacity than Glycerin. It prevents the skin to get dehydrated and flaky. Glycol -  You can find Glycol as Propylene glycol or Butylene Glycol  as ingredient in skincare regimen. Propylene Glycol is a moisturizing element which which absorbs water and reduce ageing sign. Butylene Glycol is a conditioning agent and solvent. Panthenol - it's a skin protectant with anti-inflammatory properties. It improves skins hydration and elasticity .It also helps to rejuvenate and revitalize skin cells.

2. Emollient - This has the quality of softening or soothing the skin. It fills  spaces with fatty substances, called lipids, which make your skin smoother and softer. It creates barrier over the epidermis(outer most layer of skin) and prevents moisture from getting out. common emollients used as ingredients for skin products are - Shea butter - It has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It can condition, tone, and soothe your skin. Cocoa butter - It's high fatty acid which smooth the scars, wrinkles and holds moisturizer Mineral oil - It maintains soft and healthy skin, especially during the dry winter months.  Lanolin - It's a wool fat or wool wax substance naturally produced as a protective barrier. This ingredient is extracted from the sheep’s wool  .It is water resistant therefore it acts as a barrier to cold and rain when these animals are out for hours. Petrolatum - It helps seal your skin with a water-protective barrier Paraffin - It helps open pores and remove dead skin cells to make the skin look fresher and feel smoother. Beeswax- Itcreates a protective layer of skin.  Also works as exfoliator and helps to get rid of it skins.. Coconut, jojoba,sesame,almond, and other plant oils Cetyl alcohol - It's an effective ingredient for soothing and hesling the dry skin Olive oil (oleic acid) - It penetrates easily and deeply into the skin's surface, replenishing lost moisture that naturally comes with age. It also helps the moisture from evaporating Triethyl-hexanoin -Its colorless to pale yellow liquid ester that makes the skin nice and smooth.

3. Occlusive -Its physical barrier to help prevent water loss from the skin’s surface, while protecting the skin from external irritants Squalene- It balances oil production, providing just enough moisture to keep the skin clear and healthy Mineral oil - It maintains soft and healthy skin, especially during the dry winter months.  Paraffin -It helps open pores and remove dead skin cells to make the skin look fresher and feel smoother. Lanolin - It's a wool fat or wool wax substance naturally produced as a protective barrier. This ingredient is extracted from the sheep’s wool  .It is water resistant therefore it acts as a barrier to cold and rain when these animals are out for hours. Above are few common Humectant, Emollient and occlusive. There are many in list also.. In Hydrating lotion, list Humectants are more to provide better hydration to skin. It is necessary to check whether the skin is only dry skin which is lack of lipid or dry and dehydrated skin which is lack of both lipid and water.


Hope it helps you to choose the right Moisturizer and Hydrating element for you .And if it does tag me too

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