If you're just getting started with your skincare journey, chances are you don't know yet what to buy and what to do with all the products available on the market.

Sometimes, you might have even interchanged them, especially with a hydrator and moisturizer. What are they, and which one does your skin really need? Does it make a difference at all?

People often confuse hydrators and moisturizers for one another's functions and outcomes. Although the importance of ensuring your skin is getting enough water is dealt with by both skin care products, their differences may require you to choose one over the other to address your particular skin type. 

A woman smiles directly at the camera with a skin care product on her cheek. (Photo : Cheyenne Doig/Unsplash)

Moisturization: Forming Skin Barrier