Water and Oil: Why your skin needs both

Water and Oil: Why your skin needs both

When it comes to water and oil, for skin to function correctly and prevent trans epidermal water loss, it requires the correct balance of both. One way you can achieve this is by giving your skin doses of hydration and moisture in your skincare routine. Although the terms hydration and moisture are often used interchangeably, it’s important to understand the difference between the two, and how to source both from components of your regime to ensure that your skin barrier remains healthy. 


Our skin needs water, just like our internal organs, so it’s not surprising that just as it’s important to drink water each day for internal hydration, it’s also beneficial to supplement our skin’s water content by applying hydration topically. Topical hydrators can assist in visibly plumping the skin’s surface, minimising the appearance of fine lines, and giving the skin a soft, elastic feel. Hydration is defined by the application of water-binding ingredients known as humectants to the skin. These ingredients, which include Hyaluronic Acid, work by drawing moisture into the top layer of the skin, either through the atmosphere or through the deeper skin layers. 


Moisturising the skin is the application of oil-based or occlusive ingredients such as plant and seed oils, and emollients that include ingredients like Squalene. These products work by forming a protective film over the skin preventing water leaving, locking in hydration to keep skin smooth and supple, and help to fortify the skin’s natural protective barrier.  

The perfect combination  

When applying water to the skin in the form of a topical hydrator, remember that it must be followed with a moisturiser to prevent evaporation. Similarly, if you have a dry skin, applying an oil to the skin can make it feel temporarily smooth, but if your skin is dehydrated and lacking water, it can still look dull and feel parched or tight.  

The perfect combination for healthy glowing skin is to hydrate the skin by applying a humectant rich serum such as Hyaluronic 8 Serum first, then follow up with an occlusive moisturiser like nutrient-rich Golden Haze Face Oil to lock it in.