OK, by now, you’ve probably heard about both — hydrating and moisturizing ingredients. The difference is that while hydrating ingredients add water to the skin, moisturizing ingredients prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) from the skin. In layman’s terms, you can hydrate your skin by giving it water or by preventing its evaporation from the skin. While humectants are the only hydrating ingredients that add water to the skin, moisturizers include occlusives and emollients, which cover the skin with a protective film to trap moisture in.
I’ve said it here that I’ve built my skincare routine around The Ordinary brand in my struggle with breakouts and scars. One of the products was their peeling solution, the one with the fun red color that’s serious though in exfoliating the skin. Also, since it has a pocket-friendly price — it costs less than a coffee at Starbucks — it got my attention in a sec. Anyway, chances are, you’ve probably seen this bloodred solution on your Instagram feed or a friend’s bathroom cabinet. Because literally, The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution went absolutely viral, and trust me, it worths all the fuzz!
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