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June 27, 2022 2 min read

Introducing  Mythbusters, where we debunk common misconceptions in the wellness world!

Today’s topic is the difference between hydrating and moisturizing! What these words really mean and how our understanding of them affects the products you use daily!

Whether it’s part of your daily routine or just when your skin feels dry, you are probably reaching for a skin care product that has the words “hydrating” or “moisturizing” on the label. However, you may be surprised that the words “hydrating” and “moisturizing” actually mean different things when it comes to skin care. While they share the same goal—better skin—how they get there is different. 

Hydrating your skin means you are adding water to the skin—either from the air or deep layers of skin— which is absorbed into your skin cells. When skin is hydrated, it plumps up and appears smoother, healthier, and more radiant.

Moisturizing your skin means you are infusing oils into your skin to lock the oils into the skin to prevent further water and oil loss. Slathering moisturizers on dry skin can temporarily make it feel smooth, but dehydrated skin will still look dull. Simply put, hydration provides the skin with moisture while moisturizing helps the skin to retain moisture. 

The great news is that by using OLIKA’s ultra-hydrating hand sanitizer, you are not only protecting yourself against 99.9% of germs, but you are keeping your hands well-hydrated, soft and radiant. 

Our OLIKA's include hyaluronic acid — the long-time love of face care products— to provide ultra hydration. Additionally, our Mindfulness Collection contains reishi mushroom — an adaptogen-rich destressor, working together to quench dry and stressed hands while effectively eliminating germs.  In a recent study, it was found that our formula can effectively reduce the Transepidermal Water Loss rate by up to 20%—effectively reducing the damage to skin barrier function caused by alcohol in hand sanitizers. 

Dry, cracked skin is unpleasant, but it’s also more prone to germs. Keeping your hands hydrated keeps your skin happy and safe! Share your hydrated hand pics with us over  @olikalife on Instagram!

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