Hydrating Cream 101: All You Need to Know


When we have low water content, meaning we’re dehydrated, our skin becomes dry, rough, and irritated - the opposite to the dewy, glowing complexion we all crave. So how do we keep our skin feeling and looking fresh? In this blog post, we'll break down the basics of hydrating cream and teach you everything you need to know about keeping your skin hydrated. From ‘what does hydrating cream do?’ to ‘when should you use hydrating cream?’ we've got you covered! Let’s dive into skin hydration 101.

Is hydrating cream the same as moisturiser?

Hydration and moisturisation are often used interchangeably in skincare, but they actually refer to two different functions. Hydration is all about replenishing the skin’s water levels, while moisturisation restores the skin’s protective lipid (natural fat) barrier and helps to seal moisture.

What is hydration cream?

Hydration is key for our skin to stay plump, smooth, and radiant. When our skin lacks hydration, it will often become dull, flaky and can develop premature fine lines. By hydrating from both within and from the outside, we can double our skin's ability to look and stay hydrated and glowing. A good hydrating cream will help to lock in hydration and prevent water loss from the surface of the skin.

What does hydrating cream do?

When applied to the skin, hydrating cream helps to replenish lost moisture, giving the skin a plumper, softer and velvety appearance. In addition to helping to hydrate the skin, it can also provide a barrier against environmental factors such as wind and pollution. While most moisturisers work by holding or trapping water in the top layer of skin, hydrating creams work to draw moisture from deeper levels of the skin. As a result, it can be an effective way to hydrate dry, flaky skin especially during and post the cooler months. In addition to providing hydration, hydrating cream can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by plumping up the skin and reducing inflammation. Ultimately it can give the face a more youthful glowing and bouncier appearance, and who doesn’t want that!?

What is a good hydrating face cream?

As mentioned, hydration is essential for keeping our skin looking plump, glowing and youthful. When skin is properly hydrated, it's able to better protect itself against environmental aggressors like Pollution and UV rays. A good hydrating face cream should ultimately hydrate the skin without making it feel greasy or oily. If you want that bouncy hydrated skin, look for natural and repairing ingredients such as Vitamin E, Jojoba oil and coconut oil.

Our best-selling Marigold Hydrating Creme is the perfect option for dry and dehydrated skin. Infused with native botanical extracts, this buttery cream works to promote elasticity, soothe redness, hydrate, and illuminate your skin. Our customers have even boasted some incredible results in calming eczema, too. It truly is a pot of gold.

Marigold Hydrating Creme

Is hydrating cream good for oily skin?

Short answer: yes! Even oily skin needs hydration.
One of the most common misconceptions with skincare is that people with oily skin do not need hydration. The reality is that all skin types, including oily skin, need hydration in order to stay healthy. When the skin is denied hydration, it can become dry and irritated. This can cause the skin to produce even more oil in an attempt to compensate for the lack of hydration. As a result, it is essential to find a good hydrating cream that does not add additional oil to the skin but is still hydrating. Don't be afraid to hydrate!

Our Balancing Moisturiser is our go-to for providing much-needed hydration for combination / oily skin. Specifically designed to balance the skin and control sebaceous (oil) production to maintain a clear complexion.

Balancing Moisturiser

What does hydrating eye cream do?

When it comes to hydration, there are eye creams and then there are hydrating eye creams! Often the soft gentle skin under our eyes can be left by the wayside in our skincare routines, but giving our eyes a hydration boost can deliver remarkable and youthful results.
A good hydrating eye cream or serum can help us to maintain skin elasticity, reduce dark circles, fine lines, puffiness and brighten and revive our skin barrier. 

What is the best hydrating eye cream?

The best hydrating eye creams work to help to plump up the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and brighten dark circles. Most importantly, they can help to lock in moisture, keeping the delicate skin around the eyes hydrated all day long. But with so many eye creams on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? In general, we recommend looking for an eye cream that contains Aloe Vera leaf juice, Coenzyme Q10, Cucumber seed oil and glycerin. And last but not least, make sure to choose an eye cream that is suitable for your skin type.

Our Rosehip Eye Gel is a lightweight eye serum that instantly absorbs calming puffy, tired eyes whilst rejuvenating the delicate eye area and warding off the first visible signs of ageing.

Rosehip Eye Gel 

When should you use hydrating cream?

Hydrating creams are an important part of any skincare routine, but knowing when to use them can be a little confusing. The general rule of thumb is to apply a hydrating cream after cleansing and before applying makeup or sunscreen. This will help to lock in moisture and prevent the skin from becoming dry or irritated. However, if you have very dry skin, you may want to apply a hydrating cream twice a day. And if you live in a climate with low humidity, you may need to use a hydrating cream even more frequently.

Glowing skin depends on hydration, so our final tip is to add a hydration cream and eye cream or serum to your skincare routine that contains natural, organic and earthy-friendly ingredients. You'll be well on your way to hydrated, glowing skin in no time!

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By Mukti

Mukti has been actively involved in the beauty and personal care industry for over two decades. Her varied career has encompassed a common thread focusing on health and wellness. Her aim is to reconnect people to nature, creating health and happiness via toxin-free lifestyles and beauty regimes.