Hydrate vs Moisturize - The Big Difference

April 7, 2021
3 minutes

Hydrate and Moisturize?

Hydrate vs Moisturize - Why does your skin need to be hydrated or moisturized? When we hear the word "hydration," most people relate it to water. More specifically, the water we consume for our bodies to function correctly. Without the proper amount of hydration, our bodies start to decline. 

However, it isn't always enough to just ingest water. A widespread misconception in skincare is that hydrators do the same thing as moisturizers. Well, let me tell you something important. 

Hydration is not the same as moisture. Here's the difference between hydrate vs moisturize:

Difference Between Hydrating and Moisturizing

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Hydrate vs Moisturize

If you're one of those who thought hydrating your skin and moisturizing it was the same, you aren't alone. Moisturizers refer to oil-based ingredients that seal the skin's barrier, preventing water from escaping. Hydrators refer to components called humectants that absorb moisture (water) from the atmosphere or your skin and hold it in place. 

Nowadays, "moisturizer" is a blanket term used for different kinds of moisturizer types. These include: 

  • Vegetable Squalene: Produced from sugarcane. Presented as a clear fluid and oil, it has a great affinity with the skin.
  • Humectants: Ingredients found in lotions and creams that hydrate the skin by attracting water molecules, absorbing them, and sealing them. 
  • Emollients: Substance that helps soothe dry, cracking, and flaky skin. 
  • Occlusive: Substances that create a protective layer on the skin to prevent moisture loss. 

Although hydrate and moisturize are different, they are both essential, and neither is better or worse. Which to use depends entirely on each person's skin type and the ingredients found in different products. Trial and error will likely factor in, as you will probably have to test other products out to determine which is suitable for your skin type

Refer to this as a guide:

  • Dry skin often needs a thicker moisturizer with emollients to create a seal and prevent water from escaping. 
  • Dehydrated skin often calls for hydrating serums, preferably ones containing hyaluronic acid. This ingredient retains 1,000 times its weight in water.
  • Oily skin: Dehydrated and dry skin can make it become oily. Water-based, non-comedogenic hydrators and moisturizers are the way to go for this issue. 

Hydrate or Moisturize?

It might be confusing to differentiate which ingredients hydrate and which moisturize. To help, refer to this guide with some of the most common ingredients used in skincare products. This way you’ll be able to distinguish what you want in your routine. 


Hydrate and Moisturize
Lactic Acid
Glycerin Hydrating and Moisturizing
Honey Hydrate and Moisturize
Hydrate and Moisturize
Citric Acid


Moisturizers and Hydrators
Coconut, Almond, hemp oils
Hydrating and Moisturizing Shea Butter
Shea Butter
Mineral Oil Hydrate and Moisturize
Mineral Oil
Lanonin Hydrate and Moisturize

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We recently sent two of our most popular products to a lab for testing. The results? Outstanding!

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Here's a quick rundown of the results that our AETHEION® ZC30 Anti Aging Cream and 2+ Topicals® Nutritional Lotion provided:

  • Luminosity: Our ZC30 and Nutritional Lotion products prove to tremendously improve your skin in this area, reporting a healthier glow in as little as two weeks. Give your skin a healthy glow and look as radiant as never before.
  • Firmness: According to the research, your skin has an improved overall firmness. After two weeks of usage, the clinical trial concludes a significant increase in the firmness of your skin, showing spots reduction, fewer open pores, and overall firmness sensation improvement.
  • Tone: During the trial, skin tone was an area that was also analyzed and concluded with favorable results, exceeding expectations.
  • Hydration: Our products have proven to nourish and replenish the skin with only a few days' use. Imagine what it can do long term!

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