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The objective of both claims is to reach the same goal but in a different way. This means supplying the skin with sufficient “water” to prevent or repair dry, flaky dehydrated skins and retain essential moisture in the skin. Cosmetic companies often use the words interchangeably, leading to consumer confusion.

Moisturising Products should support and balance your skin's surface, or sebum layer. It's all about locking in that essential "water,” thereby preventing it from evaporating from your skin. Sufficient moisture will also strengthen your skin’s natural surface barrier function.

Dr Baumann/Beau Caire and SkinIdent Creams contain all the nutrients that are necessary to support repair and maintain the skin's healthy protective barrier. Meaning they contain the essential fatty acids, vitamins and hydrating content to keep this sebum layer effective.

Hydrating Products are all about increasing the water content throughout your skin and in your skin cells themselves. Getting the essential hydrating ingredients to treat your skin(cells) right down to the basal layer (where new cells are produced) needs a transporter, and some of the most important transporters are liposomes or nanosomes. Without those, your hydrating products go nowhere.

Dr Baumann/Beau Caire and SkinIdent cosmetic ranges use multilayer liposomes and nanosomes to ensure that all hydrating ingredients amongst other essential components go exactly where they are supposed to and that means the entire epidermis.

Hyaluronic acid is one of the “buzziest” ingredients around for good reason. "Using hyaluronic acid has shown a positive effect on the appearance of wrinkles and skin elasticity due to its moisture-binding properties, which help keep your skin plump and dewy

Every one of the Dr Baumann ranges contain Hyaluronic acid.

Is Your Skin Dehydrated or Dry?

Now that you know the difference between moisturising and hydrating skin-care products, how do you determine which you need? It all comes down to whether your skin is dehydrated or dry.

Dehydrated skin describes the state of your skin: it lacks water, and this can manifest as tight, dry, rough, or peeling skin, and sometimes with sensitivity and redness. This dehydrated skin is different to a dry skin, which is something you don't have much control over.

Dry skin describes your skin type: it produces very little oil (sebum). It's possible to not produce much oil, yet have normal levels of hydration (i.e., water) in the skin. Oily dehydrated skin is characterised by dullness, irritation and congestion. Those with oily skin types can still be prone to dehydration, and in fact skin oiliness can be worsened by dehydration that triggers overproduction of oil.

To find the best one for your skin needs, you need to figure out what the root of your skin's issues. Dehydrated skin needs a hydrating product, while dry skin needs oil and a moisturising product. In other words, the difference between 'moisturising' and 'hydrating' products really comes down to:

What’s in the jar?

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