Parched Summer Skin? Why You Need Both Hydration AND Moisture


Now that summer is winding down, you might notice your skin feeling drier, causing lines to make an unwanted appearance. Dry skin isn’t just for winter, my friends! Of course, we all know that drinking a ton of water is key to healthy skin. But there’s so much more to it than that!

First, let’s talk about hydration vs. moisture. They are the same thing, right?! Wrong! When it comes to skin, we need to take both into account separately. Think of it this way:

Hydration = binding water to the skin
Moisturizer = oil or lotion that locks in hydration and also protects skin’s natural lipid barrier

Happy skin requires both! Keep this in mind as you’re going through your skincare routine each day. Often times, we forget to properly include both hydration and moisture for our skin. If you’re providing hydration, but not following up with an oil or moisturizer to lock it in, it will just evaporate from your skin, leaving it dry and parched.

Your skin should never feel dry, tight, itchy, or parched. If it does, this is a sign you need to amp it up and give it some more love!

You might be wondering what that actually looks like or what to use. So now, we’re going to highlight some natural options available here at The Choosy Chick that will help your skin stay hydrated, moisturized, happy, and healthy! 💦 (oh, and they won’t leave your skin feeling heavy or greasy!)

You can also check out this video, Margot was recently featured on Better Connecticut talking more about these products!

Products For the Face

H is for Love Pollen Illuminating Mist: This contains aloe vera and rose hydrosol to refresh and hydrate skin.


Kimberly Sayer Hydrating Antioxidant Face Mask: A unique leave-on mask that contains sodium hyaluronate and helps nourish, firm, and hydrate skin. 

Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm: This one can be used as a moisturizer, cleansing oil, lip repair many uses. It's very nutrient dense and delivers intense moisture to your skin! 

Leahlani Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toning Mist: This combination of pure aloe, organic floral hydrosols, and mineral-rich Hawaiian sea salt will tenderly kiss the skin, leaving it calm, hydrated, balanced, and nourished!

MŪN Aknari Brightening Youth Serum: This fast-absorbing, non-greasy oil is lightweight but majorly moisturizes and plumps. This also pairs well with the MŪN Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner!


Orgaid Organic Sheet Masks: These sheets masks provide intense hydration and moisture and penetrate nourishment into the skin. And bonus, they are made from an eco-derma fabric that is biodegradable!


Products for the Eyes

100% Pure Bright Eyes Gel Mask: These little eye gels might look innocent, but they pack a punch! They quench thirsty skin with a blast of water delivered to dehydrated skin cells. The "hydrogel" material is composed of 95% organic aloe water and 5% plant cellulose made to intensely hydrate. Made with hyaluronic acid, cucumber, organic green coffee, and organic matcha green tea. The longer you leave the mask on your skin, the thinner the hydrogel mask becomes because the water gets absorbed! 


100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream: This is basically a cup of coffee for your eyes! It contains rose hydrosol to hydrate and locks it all in with oils like rosehip.


Products For the Body

28 Litsea Top Note Wild Citrus Body Oil: Made with fast-absorbing oils of meadowfoam, baobab, and squalane to moisturize and nourish skin.


Max Green Super Slick Shave Gel: Does shaving leave your skin itchy or irritated? This will help!



MOA Hello Sunshine Energizing Body Oil: Founder Margot absolutely swears by this! It leaves skin looking toned and supple, also helping to eliminate crepiness. It moisturizes skin while providing essential minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins.


Products For the Lips

Kari Gran Lip Whips: The richest, most moisturizing lip balm ever. These are available in pretty tinted colors and also untinted. They are super lovely at night, too!



So...did this post leave you feeling thirsty or what?! Next time you’re going through your skincare routine, be mindful of the steps you’re taking and if you’re actually providing both moisture AND hydration. Cheers to happy, plump, hydrated, and moisturized skin!

Leave any questions in the comments below!



Written by: Organically Becca

Organically BeccaBecca is a blogger, podcaster, wife, and dog mom from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She’s on a mission to get the word out about chemicals found in our everyday items like makeup, food, and personal care products. She provides education on ways you can live a more holistic life and easy swaps you can make in your routine to naturally safer products. Check out Becca’s blog and catch her on Instagram @organicallybecca.

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I have really severe eczema so my skin is CONSTANTLY dry & I’m always fighting to keep the patches at bay. Obviously I didn’t always use natural, “clean” skin care. When I first made the switch, I only used oil based products and thought they would moisturize my skin. However, my skin was still dry and tight once the oils were absorbed and I could not figure out what I was doing wrong!. Then I did some experimenting and, you’re right! Hydrating and moisturizing are so different. Thank you for writing about this and sharing some products!!

— Harley