Your Skin Hydrating vs. Moisturizing

Your Skin: Hydrating vs. Moisturizing

Written by:

Julia Padilla - Carr

Julia had the vision of creating a clinical skin care studio with the traditional spa atmosphere for many years. Julia is a Licensed Aesthetician, Licensed Electrologist, and Certified Laser Hair Removal Technician in the State of Florida.

Water, water, water. It is a fundamental building block for our bodies, including (and especially) our skin. Which makes water an essential part of skincare. For all the cleansing and exfoliating and promoting collagen development we do to keep our skin looking its best—none of those treatments works without water.

And perhaps you’ve noticed this, because skincare companies know water is important, too. That’s why you’ll see words like “hydrating” and “moisturizing” used all over the place—and sometimes even interchangeably.

But while hydration and moisturizing are both very important parts of caring for your skin, they’re not actually the same thing. You do want your skin to be hydrated, and you also want it moisturized. Working together, hydration and moisturizing will help keep your skin fundamentally healthy. They are the yin and yang of water-centric skincare.


When it comes to your skin, “hydration” means the same as it does when you’re talking about your whole body. All of your body’s organs need water to function; skin is simply your body’s largest organ.

Simply put: Hydration comes from the inside.

When you drink water, your digestive system processes it and sends it to wherever in your body it needs to go. And obviously,