Hydration vs Moisturizing: What’s the difference and how does it affect my skin for summer

Escrito por: Ginger Harris



Tiempo de lectura 3 min

Think your face and body oils are hydrating your skin? Think again. But before you go tossing out products that fall into the oil category, stop. While your face and body oils may not be hydrating your skin, they are doing something else that makes them very valuable. And that’s moisturizing. 

What’s the difference between hyrdration vs moisturizing? We’re so glad you asked so you can how how it affects your skin for the summer.


In the simplest terms, products that hydrate attract water to the outermost layer of the skin. Moisturizing ingredients lubricate skin to prevent water from escaping. Both are two distinct skin care needs. And trust us, you need both. 

When it comes to hydration, you need to apply water or water-binding ingredients to skin. Products that do that are humectants. Humectants contain honey, gelatin, urea, glycerin, hyaluronic acid and alpha hydroxy acids. Look for these ingredients when searching for a hydrator. 

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When it comes to products like  Halo42 Face and Body Oil , prepare to be moisturized. Our Face and Body Oil use ingredients like  sunflower seed oil, copaiba, rosehip seed oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba seed oil, rosemary leaf extract and geranium flower oil  to keep you moisturized — but not hydrated. Hydration is the process of causing something to absorb water. But oil (for those of us who struggled in chemistry) is devoid of water. So it’s impossible for a face and body oil to hydrate. Moisturization lubricates the skin, which reduces dryness and transepidermal water loss. And that’s a good thing. Especially come summer, when our skin tends to dry out from sun exposure. 

Oils lock moisture in by trapping it. Oils also smooth the appearance of fine lines without irritation. Overall, they make the appearance of the skin better. Our ingredients can speak to that, as well.  Copaiba oil alleviates inflammation. Jojoba seed oil leaves skin feeling like velvet. Tocopherol protects from free radicals and chamomile calms the skin. All you need to do is hydrate before moisturizing. You cannot rely on hydration alone.

Hydration Vs Moisturizing: Maximize Both

Moisturizing your skin with an oil, like  Halo42 Face and Body Oil  is the last step in putting your best skin out there. The same goes for  Halo42 Anti-aging Eye Oil . It’s perfect for locking in your under eye cream or serum. Just be sure to apply it last. And then prepare for the crepey skin under eyes to be a thing of the past. 

And speaking of hydration, Our  Halo42 Body Wash  falls into the category of both moisturizer and hydrator, as it has both glycerin to hydrate and copaiba oil to moisturize, restore and leave skin soft. A product that does both before even stepping foot out of the shower is a win-win for your skin. 

If you feel the beauty industry makes it confusing out there by using these two words interchangeably when the definitions are in fact very different, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. We just wanted to help you learn the most so you can take the best care of your skin and that skin can, in turn, take the best care of you. Now you know the difference between the two and how to keep your skin both moisturized and hydrated, well you’re on the road to having your very best skin. With summer coming, you’re going to need it. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this product suitable for all skin types

Yes, this product is formulated to be suitable for all skin types. The botanical ingredients are chosen to provide gentle yet effective care for the delicate eye area.

Is this product made with organic ingredients?

Yes, many of the ingredients in this product, such as Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil and Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, are organic.

Is this product for men or women?

Our copaiba line is built to be used by all skin types. Regardless of age, gender, or skin type you can benefit from our copaiba infused all natural products.

Is this product eco-friendly and sustainably sourced?

Yes, we work closely with sustainable tree-tapping communities to ensure that Copaiba Oil is obtained using non-aggressive techniques, protecting the trees and promoting ecological balance.

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The Author: Ginger Harris

Ginger Harris spent most of her 20 and 30s in one of two places: parked in front of her laptop working as an editor or twisted like a pretzel in a yoga class. That was all until a friend encouraged her to try Pilates for the first time. A decade later, she’s now a certified Pilates instructor, who still camps out in front of her laptop to write for publications across South Florida. Through Pilates, Ginger believes you can think more clearly, overcome stress, feel better about your physical appearance and heal injuries and mental hurdles. It’s these reasons why she is dedicating her life to helping others through Pilates. Plus, she thinks toning up muscles, particularly abs, is a pretty rewarding payoff, too.

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