Do oils really hydrate your skin?
Within the skincare community people are always asking if oils hydrate the skin? Well we are here to answer this age old question.
There are two main types of moisturizers. An occlusive and a humectant. An occlusive is a heavy cream or oil that seals moisture just like plastic wrap but for your skin. A humectant is an ingredient that draws in water from the environment or the lotion itself, like glycerin or hyaluronic acid. In order to be a really effective moisturizer, you need to have both the occlusive to lock in the moisture and the humectant to draw in the water. That's what really make a proper moisturizer.
So while oils can condition the skin, they only retain water content not add it, which means they are moisturizing but not hydrating. So occlusives and humectants are dynamic duos, and one without the other isn't going to deliver the kind of glowy results you want, which is why most moisturizer formulas are made with a combination of both. A cream has a lot more oil content, and a lotion has less oil content and more water.