More often than not we’ll see words like ‘hydrating serum’ or ‘moisturizing mask’ across skin care products and you may be thinking, aren’t these describing the same thing? It’s one of the biggest misconceptions in the beauty industry that hydrating and moisturizing your skin are the same. So let’s set the record straight and share the differences between hydrating and moisturizing for your skin.


What is hydration? 

Hydration is the process of water absorption from your skin which is then delivered to your skin cells and retained there for all those benefits. If you regularly use lots of hydrating products in your skin care routine (we’ll get onto our favourite hydrating skin care soon) then your skin cells are enriched to create the appearance of plump and bouncy skin.

On the other end if your skin is dehydrated from not having enough hydration then you’ll start to notice your skin becomes rough and dull in appearance. In essence we need hydration to keep our skin looking glowing all the time!


So then what is moisturizing?

Simply moisturizers are emollients that have been designed to protect and strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier to prevent water loss and damage. Moisturizing helps to seal in all that hydration from your other skincare to preventing it from escaping.

Both hydrating and moisturizing products are necessities for your skincare routine because they work to nourish and strengthen the skin in different ways.

What are hydrating products?

Keep an eye out for hydrating ingredients listed like hyaluronic acid, alpha-hydroxy-acids (or AHAs) and other humectants that have been designed to attract water molecules. You’ll find hydrating products at TEMPLESPA in a few different ways…

I want a hydrating serum for my skin care… then meet BE STRONG Skin Strengthening Serum. The name tells all as to how it will help your skin, but what you’ll find here are plenty of hydrating Mediterranean ingredients for a skin super boost. It’s also excellent for when your skin is feeling a bit weak and fragile from dehydration to bring it comfort and support.

Where can I find a hydrating toner?  TONING ESSENCE Essential Mist Tonic Without The Alcohol is a perfect choice because it refines, refreshes and leaves the skin feeling balanced and hydrated. The ingredients list is inspired by a Mediterranean salad which includes tomato, melon and basil, but these hard-working ingredients are a brilliant hydrating combination for dry or dehydrated skin.

Can you help me with a hydrating cleanser? It’s time for IN THE BEGINNING Deep Cleansing Melt, our award-winning and best-selling balm cleanser. We call it a hand-blended facial in a jar because it does just that to leave skin dewy and plump every time. The unique buttery-crystalline texture melts into the skin as you massage it in and ingredients of olive, basil and calendula provide an intense cleanse for hydrated skin.

What are moisturizing products? 

Five guesses as to what moisturizing products these could be… moisturizers! But choosing which moisturizer is best for you can depend on your skin type and its needs, so here’s our useful guide to get you started:

BE STILL Settling Moisturiser – an ideal option for those with more sensitive skin or simply in need of a soothing respite from irritation. A smart blend of prebiotics and our Calmaderm™ complex work in harmony to help support the skin’s microbiome.

MOISTURE MATTE Mattifying Moisturiser – we adore this moisturizer as a lightweight option for the warmer seasons and to keep shininess away all day! Our blend of Mediterranean hero ingredients and vitamins work together as oil-absorbing microspheres for a matte finish.

MOISTURE TO GO Balancing Moisturiser – this is a firm favourite for skin that switches between oily to dry often, our clever moisturizer balances between the two to create a protective barrier for the skin so it feels even and nourished all day long.

DOUBLE CREAM Hydrating Moisturiser – this is a beautifully whipped hydrating moisturizer that delivers on firming and nourishing seriously parched skin. Paired with our Phirmaderm™ complex and Mediterranean botanicals, your skin is treated to lasting and intense nourishment.