Hydrating and Moisturizing: Is There Really A Difference?

October 07, 2019


When it comes to skincare, moisturizing and hydrating are two terms usually used interchangeably to refer to the amount of moisture in the skin. 

But we’ll let you in on a secret.

There is actually a difference between the two. Although the goal is the same, the process and intent has more differences than similarities between them.

So what in the world is hydrating and moisturizing and what exactly do they do for the skin? Let’s find out.

What is Hydrating?

Hydration refers tothe watercontent within the cells. The purpose of hydration is to have enough liquid in the skin cells so they look nice and plump.

Hydrating ingredients are generally appropriate for all skin types.They are water-soluble and won’t clog pores.


When your skin lacks water, it looks dry and flaky. This means your skin is dehydrated andisn’t producing enough lipid cells on its own, so moisturizers can help lock in moisture.

What is Moisturizing?

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Moisturizing, on the other hand, is aboutlocking in all the water in your skin to strengthen your skin's barrier from harsh environmental damage.

By preventing water from escaping through your skin, it remains soft and plump, and that’s what gives it a smooth texture and youthful glow.

Signs that your skin needs moisture


When your skin is on the dry side, it means you will need something to increase the amount of natural oils that will do the job of trapping moisture in your skin. When it lacks moisture, your skin may show the following signs:

  • Your skin feels scaly

  • There's some redness on your face or body

  • The skin feels irritated

  • White flakes show on top of the skin

Signs that your skin needs hydration

When these signs begin to make an appearance on your skin, it could mean your skin is dehydrated. Having dehydrated skin means you’ll need to increase the amount of moisture and water present in your skin. 

  • Skin is itchy

  • It looks dull and lifeless

  • There are under-eye circles appearing around your eyes

  • Appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are becoming evident

  • Your eyes look sunken

How do I choose between hydrating and moisturizing?

After you find out whether your skin needs hydration or moisturization, you’ll want to know how to properly care for your skin. It can be quite confusing with all this information running around your head right now, so we’ll let you in on a secret.

FUN FACT: There are some skincare products out there that can take care of both hydration and moisturizing without you even knowing.

Most moisturizers are like that. Since most of the ingredients are already mixed up for you, you don’t really need to think about it too much.

But sometimes, your skin will need more hydration than moisture or vice versa. So, here are some tips to help you with that.

If you have naturally dry skin

You will need to get your hands on a nourishing moisturizer to make sure you’re retaining all the much needed moisture in your skin. The goal is to try and get all that in place for longer periods of time. 

Emollients will help keep your skin soft and help seal in all the needed moisture. You’ll want to watch out for these ingredients:

  • Plant oils

  • Mineral oil

  • Shea butter

  • Cocoa butter

  • Petrolatum

  • Fatty acids

If your skin is dehydrated

If your skin looks dull and fine lines and wrinkles are making an appearance on your face, it may be time to get hydrated. Dehydration can be addressed by changing some areas in your lifestyle. Start by increasing your water intake and eliminating some unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking too much alcohol.

In addition, using humectantsas part of your skincare routine upgrades your skin’s hydration level. Use toners or moisturizers that contain one of the following ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel

  • Honey

  • Hyaluronic acid

  • Glycerin

Choose the right products for your skin


What can you do to increase your skin’s moisture level? 

Use a toner after cleansing your face.Viva Glow Rosewater Toner not only hydrates your skin, it also balances your natural oils to keep your skin shine-free.

Viva Glow Rosewater Face Toner

Toners help add more nutrients to your skin and gets your pores ready to maximize the benefits of your serums or moisturizers. Spray it on your face and allow a few minutes for it to get absorbed into your skin before your next skincare step.


There are a lot of different kinds of moisturizers you can choose from and you can use a variety of them depending on your skin type or season. Some are better at either hydrating or moisturizing while some are great at doing both. 

Viva Glow Antioxidant Moisturizer

Viva Glow Antioxidant Moisturizer is rich with moisturizing agents that help plump and smoothen skin. It has a perfect combination of carrot oil, avocado oil, and rosehip seed oil to help with dry, irritated skin.

This creamy moisturizer is also enhanced with vitamin C to fight harmful free radicals and help maintain your youthful glow. Its creamy texture can help hydrate and moisturize your skin in cold and dry seasons.

Use a lightweight moisturizer during hot seasons or if you have acne-prone skin. These are usually oil-free and high in water content so they won’t clog pores but will still do the job of hydrating and moisturizing your skin.

Ocean Mineral Moisturizer

The Ocean Mineral Moisturizer has sea minerals that helps reduce inflammation and inject your skin with moisture. It’s not heavy on the face and can be used under your makeup to keep it in place.

Other moisturizers from Viva Glow

Viva Glow Face Moisturizers

Restore and Protect Moisturizer- lightweight formula that hydrates and moisturizes skin and best for all skin types

PH Balance Moisturizer- helps to balance oil production without clogging pores. Perfect for all skin types 


Viva Glow Face Serums

Want to improve your skin's hydration even further?

Include the Peptide Complex Serum to your regular skincare routine. Serums perform a better penetration through your skin to not only help in hydrating, but also in moisturizing skin on a deeper level to give it a smoother and firmer texture.

But don’t stop there

Like your face, the skin on your body can also become dry and dehydrated. Luckily, there are many ways to help get rid of that problem. Amplify your skincare routine by also applying a hydrating and moisturizing body butter. Our customers love our Coconut Whipped Body Butter and Vanilla Whipped Body Butter as much as we do. They glide on smoothly without leaving a sticky residue. It absorbs well beneath the skin to provide plumping hydration and retains moisture for long periods of time.

Viva Glow Coconut Whipped Body Butter

So there you have it. What steps do you take to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated? 



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