Hydration vs Moisturization: Know the Difference for Glowing Skin

Hydration vs Moisturization: Know the Difference for Glowing Skin

If you're like us, you've probably heard the terms "hydration" and "moisturization" used interchangeably when it comes to skincare. But here's the deal: they're not the same thing, and understanding the difference is crucial to achieving that dreamy, radiant complexion we're all after.

The Fundamentals: Hydration vs Moisturization


Hydration pertains to the water content within the skin cells. The goal of hydrating is to boost the water content in your skin to keep it plump and supple. Ingredients to look out for in hydrating products are hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe vera.


Moisturization, on the other hand, focuses on trapping and locking in that water to create a barrier so that your skin doesn't lose its natural moisture. When you moisturize, you're usually applying oils or butters (hello, lovely tallow-based products!) to seal the skin's barrier.

So, in a nutshell: hydrating products provide your skin with water, while moisturizing products lock that water in.

Three Ways to Incorporate Both Into Your Routine

1. Double Up in Your Morning Routine

Start your morning skincare with a hydrating facial mist or toner. Let it sink in, and then follow up with a light, tallow-based moisturizer to lock in that hydration. Not only will this help your skin feel fresh in the morning, but it will also act as a perfect base for any makeup.

2. Nighttime TLC

The night is when your skin works its hardest to repair itself. Amplify this process by applying a hyaluronic acid serum after cleansing. Allow it to penetrate your skin for a few minutes, and then seal it with a richer, tallow-based moisturizing cream. You'll wake up to visibly plumper and softer skin.

3. Don't Forget the Rest of You!

Your face isn't the only area that needs hydration and moisturization. Right after a shower, apply a hydrating body lotion while your skin is still damp to lock in moisture. Follow up with a tallow-based body cream or butter to seal in that hydrating goodness. Trust us, your skin will thank you!

Wrap Up

Understanding the difference between hydration and moisturization is the first step to a tailored skincare routine that actually works for you. By thoughtfully incorporating both elements, you're setting yourself up for a skin win. For both hydrating and moisturizing products that bring out the best in your skin, don't forget to check out our Tao Tao Skin range.

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