Hydrating vs nourishing. What’s the difference?

Do you know the difference between hydrating and nourishing the skin? Although it seems the same, there are many people who do not know what is the difference between these two terms. We want to dedicate this post to help you know the different needs of your skin at all time and at each age. The key to choosing a good skin care treatment is to know what your skin needs.

What does hydration mean?

Hydration means restoring optimal levels of water in the skin. It’s the basic principle of a treatment for any age since water is something our skin always needs.

Our skin receives water mostly from inside the body. Our body is responsible for giving our cells a constant drink. However, the epidermis or the most superficial layer of the skin is also made up of different layers of cells. Water is distributed from the innermost layer or basal layer (where the stem cells are found) to the upper layers. These upper layers don’t receive the same amount of water as those that are lower since they are formed by dead cells. The hydrolipidic mantle protects and waters the most superficial cells and it is what gives the skin the water it needs through the pores. This mantle should be made up of 50% water and 50% sebum.

If water is lacking in the hydrolipidic mantle, oily skin appears. That’s why the creams formulated for this type of skin are very fluid. If the skin is dry it is because there’s a lack of sebum in the mantle. That’s why we’ll need to incorporate more lipids into the treatments for this type of skin. 

What does nutrition mean?

Nourishing means feeding our skin, that is, regenerating the cells of the epidermis and strengthening the natural protective barrier of lipids to avoid dehydration and dryness. Nutritive creams have a higher concentration of active ingredients than hydrating creams and this makes them to have more effect on the skin.

The older we get, the more nutrition our skin cells need. This is because when we get older, we progressively stop regenerating cells, thus we need extra help to be able to do so.

Which treatment do I need? Hydrating or Nutritive?

As we said, the older we get, the more food or nutrition our skin needs. Although there isn’t a certain age to start using nutritive creams, from the 30s onwards, it’s advisable to use creams that have a plus of nutrients to fight early signs of ageing, wrinkles and lack of elasticity.

The ideal scenario is to combine both hydrating and nutritive creams. Nutritive creams should be used at night to help with the cell renewal process. Hydrating creams should be used during the day to provide skin with the necessary water to protect it from free radicals and prevent premature ageing.

At TOSKANI we’ve developed a range of anti-ageing treatments to treat differently the stages of the skin ageing process and provide skin with a balanced dose of both hydration and nutrition according to each age. 

Our mesoserums hydrate while our creams nourish skin. Our anti-ageing cosmetics are organised as follows:

  • The Aquabalance line provides more hydration than nutrition since it is indicated for young skins. Discover our Aquabalance line here.
  • Matrix Repair and Cell Architect lines provide much more nutrition and hydration since they are indicated for more mature skins. Discover the Matrix Repair and the Cell Architect lines here.

If you want to add an intensive hydrating treatment to your daily routine to maintain an optimal level of water at any age, don’t hesitate to try our new topical Anti-Ageing + HA ampoules. Discover them here.