The Difference Between Skin Hydration and Moisture

The Difference Between Skin Hydration and Moisture

Learn about the two important factors needed to maintain healthy skin.

Hydration and moisture are often terms used interchangeably within skin care; however, these are in fact different concepts and understandably need the individual care to match. Read on to discover the key differences between hydrating and moisturising the skin and which products to introduce into your routine in order to help keep your skin looking its healthiest.

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What is Skin Hydration?

Hydration concerning the skin refers to water absorption, a process that delivers moisture to the skin cells and replenishes the natural levels needed for soft, healthy-looking skin. Normal hydration levels help maintain a healthy glow, prevent the first signs of ageing, and shielding from damage caused by environmental stressors, such as sun exposure.

The Best Ingredients & Products for Hydration

Adding humectant ingredients into your daily routine will help hydrate and draw moisture into the skin. So, to ensure that your face and body stay looking at their best, we advise you to keep an eye out for the following humectants:

Hyaluronic Acid

Known for its extraordinary ability to bind moisture, this powerful acid binds up to 1000 times its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid-infused face care, such as Hyaluron Serum and Hydrating Face Gel, keep the complexion looking beautifully plump and full.

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Aloe Vera

This plant extract is rich in minerals that provide intense hydration while soothing signs of irritation. Houseleek, a locally sourced alternative, offers similar benefits and can be found in Moisturing Day Fluid and Night Cream. Working effectively as morning and night-time moisturisers, the houseleek-enriched formulas deliver long-lasting moisture all day.

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Glycerin

This moisturising agent works by pulling water from the outer layer of the skin and air to stop the skin from drying out. Ideal to moisturise even the toughest of skin, a natural form is used in the refillable Hand Soap, protecting the hands from external stressors by locking in hydration.

What is Moisture?

Our skin is covered with a fine film of water and lipids, so trapping moisture into the skin’s surface will keep your protective barrier strong. Giving the skin a healthy amount of moisture aids in preventing dryness and irritation while reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

The Best Ingredients & Products for Moisture

To craft an effective moisturising routine, look to products containing emollients, an ingredient to add back moisturising oils, alongside occlusives, which help seal moisture and prevent loss. The use of natural ingredients also provides the essential nutrients and vitamins needed for well-moisturised skin, including the below:

Jojoba Oil

Naturally full of vitamins, jojoba oil is an effective moisturiser and improves skin elasticity. This incredibly moisturising oil is used in Nourishing Day Cream and can be used for the most sensitive skin types. The botanical is also infused in the Marigold Body Oil, creating a nourishing treatment to protect the whole body from signs of dryness.

Shea Butter

Shea butter has been used for centuries to increase the skin’s moisture. Featured in the highly nourishing Body Butter, this powerful fatty acid-rich ingredient restores moisture levels and keeps skin velvety soft.

Baobab Pulp Extract

Baobab pulp extract has firming, moisturising, and energising properties, leaving skin feeling silky and supple. Utilising the properties of this skin superfood, Nourishing Eye Cream gives moisture to the delicate undereye area, helping to smooth away the appearance of fine lines.

What Are the Main Differences Between Skin Hydration and Moisture?

Before considering whether your skin needs more hydration vs. moisture, it is important to understand its difference. Skin hydration focuses on retaining water within the skin for a soft and plump appearance. Moisture, on the other hand, lubricates the skin with oil to create a barrier on the surface, preventing water loss for a smoother, reinvigorated look.

Do You Need More Hydration or Moisture in Your Skincare Routine?

To understand what your skin best needs, it is important to identify your skin type. For treating dryness, such as peeling or flaking skin, we recommend using products with moisture. Dry skin can commonly appear during winter and can benefit from ultra-moisturising products with a thicker consistency, such as Nourishing Rich Cream. The ultra-rich cream replaces lost moisture while nourishing chapped skin.

However, if your skin is dull and lacklustre, with increased fine lines and wrinkles, it could be experiencing dehydration. In this case, it is best to use hydrating products to lock in moisture into the parched skin cells. Dehydrated skin can commonly occur in warmer months, so look for lighter summer skincare to achieve a plump, energised look. Additionally, a holistic approach is key for hydrating the skin. This includes getting a good night’s sleep, drinking enough water, and eating a varied diet that is rich in essential fatty acids.

Whether your skin is leading towards the dry or dehydrated side, including a mix of hydrating and moisturising products in your skincare routine is always beneficial for maintaining optimal health.

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Hydrating
Hyaluron Serum

A deeply hydrating serum that delivers long-lasting moisture to the skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, for a smoother, plumper, more lifted complexion.

This product was previously known as Hyaluron Serum moisturising.

Clinically proven to increase skin hydration

Leaves the skin refreshed and plumped

Leaves the skin supple and bouncy

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Hydrating Face Gel
Calm and hydrate the skin with our hypoallergenic Hydrating Face Gel, enriched with a blend of soothing mushroom extracts and hyaluronic acid.

Soothing

Hypoallergenic

Dermatologically tested

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All Skin Types
Moisturising Day Fluid

A lightweight, hydrating moisturiser developed to care for normal and combination skin with an innovative blend of botanical ingredients. The perfect way to help keep skin clear and in balance.

This product was previously known as Face Fluid Line F.

Moisturising

Helps refine large pores

Perfect make up base

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Moisturising Day Fluid

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All Skin Types
Moisturising Night Cream

A powerful skin-balancing night cream developed to gently hydrate and unify, refining the look of pores for a clearer, mattified complexion. Ideal for normal and combination skin.

This product was previously known as Regeneration Cream Line F.

Regenerative

Balancing

Soothing

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Hand Soap Bottle & Refill Set
Perfect for the whole family, effectively cleanse and condition with our gentle botanical-infused soap and refill set.

Cleanses and conditions hands

Soothes the skin

Gentle, non-drying formula

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Hand Soap Bottle & Refill Set

Hand Soap Bottle & Refill Set

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Refillable
Hand Soap

An exceptionally gentle hand wash developed to effectively cleanse and condition. A gentle botanical blend calms and protects skin from moisture loss, leaving hands feeling velvety soft and supple. Perfect for the whole family. Our Hand Soap is refillable.

Refillable

pH neutral

Cleanses without drying out your hands

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Susanne's Essential
Nourishing Day Cream

A powerful daily face cream created to smooth away the appearance of lines and wrinkles and replenish lost moisture, leaving skin feeling beautifully soft. Ideal for dry and sensitive skin.

This product was previously known as Day Cream Line T.

Moisturising

Increases elasticity

Smooths fine lines and wrinkles

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Comforting Oil
Marigold Body Oil

A delicate body oil created to nourish and protect against dry skin and improve softness and elasticity for beautifully supple skin that feels exceptionally soft to the touch.

This product was previously known as Body Oil.

Vitalising and regenerating

Helps to retain moisture

Smooths the skin

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Susanne's Essential
Body Butter
A deeply nourishing body butter enriched with shea butter, whey powder, beeswax, flower pollen and honey to restore moisture and leave skin velvety soft. The perfect way to keep skin in the best condition as an everyday skin perfector.

Exceptionally rich and nourishing

Quickly absorbed

Skin feels velvety soft

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Body Butter

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Smoothing
Nourishing Eye Cream

A gentle eye cream developed to smooth away the first signs of ageing, while protecting and nourishing dry and sensitive skin to leave the eye area looking brighter and firmer.

This product was previously known as Eye Cream Line T.

Moisturising

Improves the skin's smoothness

For sensitive eye area

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Nourishing Rich Cream

A deeply nourishing cream developed to protect very dry skin, replace lost moisture and leave skin supple and smooth. In winter, the cream provides effective protection against cold.

This product was previously known as Cold Cream intensive.

Supports long-lasting hydration

Nourishing

Perfect night time treatment

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face, day & night moisturiser

Nourishing Rich Cream

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