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Wellness | Winter Skincare: The Difference Between Hydrating & Moisturising


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Winter Skincare: The Difference Between Hydrating & Moisturising

With so many skincare brands and beauty bloggers on social media, it’s still not easy to know what is BEST for our skin. Au contraire to fashion, skincare is a personal thing, due to varying skin types and needs.

“We glorify being busy” I have read somewhere on Instagram; being BUSY began to be so cool and trendy but we are rarely reminded that we need to slow down, to listen to our bodies, to get enough rest, to RESTORE the peace in our minds and to focus on our attitudes.

Paris’s largest and diverse selection of beauty products (beside the well known Sephora stores) may be found at Printemps de la Beauté. It is the ideal place to restock or discover new beauty brands. Other treatments such as walk-in manicures, blow-dries and skin treatments can be found alongside their great selection of beauty brands.

Printemps de la Beauté,
61 rue Caumartin

I may have learned something super important from one of the girls who work there, as I go quite often: Moisturising and hydrating are not meant to be considered the same thing.

After some research the experts confirm:



“Hydration refers to the amount of water in the skin, and hydrators are specially formulated with ingredients called humectants for this purpose: to increase water content by catching moisture from the air and delivering it down to the skin’s layers. While drinking plenty of water is still the easiest way to hydrate our skin, those with dry skin will benefit from a hydrator with hyaluronic acid. 'Hyaluronic acid is by far the gold standard for hydrating,' ... 'It is found naturally in the human body and it can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water.' Other ingredients to keep an eye out for are glycerin, alpha hydroxy acids, urea and propylene glycol. (from Dermastore)



“Moisturizing forms a barrier on the skin that locks water in so it can’t run away anymore. Usually, it’s oils that do this. Olive oil. Argan oil. Jojoba Oil. Mineral oil. And shea butter. Silicones too.” (from Beautiful With Brains)

Hope you find this article helpful or at that it will at least motivate you to begin your own research.

Wellness | Winter Skincare: The Difference Between Hydrating & Moisturising
Wellness | Winter Skincare: The Difference Between Hydrating & Moisturising

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Wellness | Winter Skincare: The Difference Between Hydrating & Moisturising

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Daniela Chelariu, Travel Editor, Paris
Travel Editor, Paris

Dana is a fragile dreamer, they say, arriving in Paris four years ago, for love, and the city has been constantly changing her life since then. Hers is a world of books, (Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir, Anne Berest), expos, long walks sur les quais de Seine, pink skies, fine wine and peonies.

2 Notes
  • I have terribly dry skin and winter used to be a battle between me and dry flaky itchy skin .
    One year I had to get cortisone shots, it was so bad.
    Then I discovered the least expensive and most comfortable way of dealing with it.
    I slather on Lubriderm body lotion after my shower every morning. Free and all. It gives me no problems, is unscented and not greasy. So I am not as flaky as I used to be … well, my skin isn’t .. :)
    I love Chanel body lotion also .. the scent lasts longer than the perfume !

  • I am allergic to Everything ! or at least it seems like it. So I can’t slap on the oils and lotions the way I would like to .. and I have very dry skin.
    My dermatologist in NYC told me to use unscented Lubriderm and that is what I use … on my face. But on my body, everything is allowed ! yay!
    If it smells good, all the better !
    My family is always buying me lotions for Christmas presents :) Last year my daughter went crazy, I still have about a dozen or more bottles of beautiful scented lotions, for my poor old dry winter skin :)

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