Hydration vs. Moisture: Understanding The Difference

Hydration and moisture are often used interchangeably, but grasping the difference can unlock a deeper understanding of what your skin needs to thrive. A healthy radiance requires both, and delivering optimal levels of hydration and moisture is at the very heart of the unique yin and yang synergy between Active Treatment Essence and Active Botanical Serum.

How They Are Different

Think of it as water versus oil. Hydrating the skin means increasing its water content, one of the most basic building blocks of skin cells and a must for proper dermal function. Moisturizing, on the other hand, involves the use of oils to nourish the skin and strengthen the natural lipid (or fat) barrier. When skin becomes dehydrated it is lacking in water and requires deep hydration, but it also requires oil to lock that hydration in. Dehydration can be the underlying cause of skin concerns associated with oily skin, such as breakouts, because without proper hydration the skin compensates by producing excess oil, leading to clogged pores and irritation. 

Active Botanical Serum and Active Treatment Essence

Inside Our Ying & Yang Approach

This need for both water to hydrate and oil to moisturize is the foundation for how Active Treatment Essence and Active Botanical Serum work together to deliver full-spectrum nutrition to all skin types and concerns. First, the aqueous formula of Active Treatment Essence penetrates deep within the skin, delivering hero hydrators such as micro and mini hyaluronic acid and aloe, natural humectants that work to increase the water content in skin cells, instantly smoothing and plumping the complexion. Next, the oil-based formula of Active Botanical Serum, the ultimate nourishing step, layers in potent botanical oils, healing phytonutrients, critical phytoceramides (a plant-based ceramide) and fatty acids to strengthen the barrier and seal in the hydration of Active Treatment Essence, for firm and supple skin.