When we hear the words ‘hydrate’ and ‘moisturize’ most people tend to think that the two terms are interchangeable. This would be incorrect.
A hydrating product is something that helps to increase the moisture/water content of the skin. Hydrating products tend to be in a water-based formula such as PRIIA’s Hydrating Skin Spritz or a gel-type of product such as Face Reality’s Hydrabalance.
A moisturizer is a product that helps hold moisture/water already in the skin and prevents this moisture from leaving the skin which is called TEWL (transepidermal water loss). Moisturizing products tend to be in a more emollient formula such as Face Reality’s Clearderma moisturizing creme or DermaTruth’s gel/creme antioxidant moisturizer.
Which skin type for which product?
Well, I think both are great for all skin types! Use a hydrating product product FIRST and then seal in that moisture with an actual moisturizer! Just make sure they are acne-safe if you’re an acne-prone individual. (the products mentioned in this post are all acne-safe)
I just love a nice dip in the pool. It clears my mind and I feel so refreshed when I’m swimming. Unfortunately, my skin doesn’t like the pool. I breakout. Maybe you do too. Here’s why there’s a direct correlation between swimming and acne breakouts.
Pools have to be disinfected in order to not be a public health hazard. Unfortunately, those disinfectants are made up of chlorine and iodides. Both of these materials are known irritants for acne-prone skin. The same is true for salt water pools- the sodium chloride is an acne-aggravator.
Does this mean you should avoid swimming at all costs if you have acne?No.
This may sound strange but apply a very thin layer of Vaseline to your face (and body if you have body acne) before going into the pool. The thin coating of Vaseline will act as an occlusive barrier to the pool’s chemical disinfectants. Despite what you may have read on the Internet, Vaseline will NOT clog your skin- it is non-comedogenic. The molecule is simply too large to penetrate the pores.
Don’t want to use Vaseline on your face? Consider using PRIIA’s Acne-Safe Lip Treatment Balm. It will do the same thing as Vaseline: it will create an an occlusive barrier protecting your skin from those acne aggravating chemicals PLUS it has some pretty great skin soothing ingredients in it as well.
After swimming, don’t forget to shower immediately! Use our acne-safe makeup remover first to breakdown the Vaseline or balm and then use a skin type appropriate cleanser to thoroughly cleanse the face and body.