8 myths and truths about skin hydration

The universe of aesthetics is full of news, tips and, sometimes, doubts. Who has never wondered if that warm bath can harm the skin? Or that an oily dermis does not need to be moisturized, as this will aggravate the problem?

To solve these and other very common doubts, the Healthy Minute brings a quick guide for you and your skin on what is myth and what is true when hydrating! Then, tell us if you were on top of everything!

Oily skin does not need hydration

Myth . This is a very common statement, after all, if the skin is shiny, producing more sebum than it should, it is a sign that you can leave the cream aside, right? Wrong!

Oiliness is very different from hydration, because having a well-hydrated skin means that the balance and maintenance of water in the tissue is adequate. In other words, it has nothing to do with the production of sebum, which is responsible for oiliness. So, it is possible to have a very oily and yet dehydrated skin.

It is best to look for products suitable for this type of dermis, which help to maintain hydration and even control oiliness, such as oil-free , with matte effect or for oily skin!

Hot bath is bad for the skin

Really ! We know that in winter it is very difficult not to invest a few minutes in that warm bath, capable of fogging up the bathroom mirror. But the skin suffers a lot from this, as this high temperature can remove its natural protection.

Two effects can occur: either your skin will become more fragile and dry, causing itching and showing that whitish aspect, or it will try to reverse the situation. In this case, it will produce more oil to protect itself. The result is a brighter skin (and possibly more dehydrated too!).

In fact, both situations can happen in different parts of the body, according to the sensitivity of the dermis. But, in any case, the result will not be positive.

It is best to get used to a less hot bath and, of course, invest in protection. Oils applied before or during the bath can help at that time, reducing the aggression of hot water to the dermis.

Temperature can affect skin hydration

Really ! People who live in colder regions may have more fragile and dry skin. When winter comes, it is common for many people to notice a reduction in oiliness or even more intense dehydration of the skin tissue.

This is the result of a series of factors, such as the reduction of air humidity, the lower production of oil from the dermis (which makes it lose water more easily), the lower intake of water during the day and, of course, the hot baths.

Therefore, the tip is to invest in moisturizers during cold seasons and take care of fluid intake. It is worth taking advantage of the bath time to hydrate, for example, using body oils.

Food affects skin hydration

Truth ! Food is a very important factor for the functioning of the whole body, including, of course, the health and appearance of the dermis.

Although creams and oils are very important for the skin, the main way of maintaining skin tissue is from the inside out. That is, there is no point investing in cosmetics if the menu and water intake are not adequate.

It is necessary to drink about 2 liters of water a day and give preference to a more balanced eating routine, with natural products, rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

Reducing the intake of fats, sodium and sugar also brings a significant improvement to the dermis, helping to control oiliness and even reducing blackheads and pimples!

Among the options that are good for the body and skin are:

  • Fruits rich in vitamin C: strawberry, blackberry, lemon, acerola are powerful antioxidants;
  • Oilseeds rich in omega 3, 6 and 9: almonds, chestnuts, walnuts and pistachios provide important fatty acids;
  • Seeds rich in vitamin E: pumpkin and sunflower seeds are snacks or supplements that reinforce the intake of vitamin E, a great antioxidant;
  • Water-rich fruits: watermelon, apple and melon are aids in water replacement, helping to hydrate the body.

Along with the bottle of water, these habits will transform the revitalizing power of your cream, as soon as the effects will be much more effective!

Abuse of moisturizer is the best way to care for the skin

Myth . Just like everything in life, hydration has to be done in the right dose, according to the needs of each skin. So, even if the care routine seems very functional to a person, for you it may be inadequate.

The ideal is to always consult dermatologists and get to know your dermis well. Excessive use of products can result in unnecessary expenses, poor use of the functions and properties of the moisturizer and even cause allergies.

Some products, used in excess, can clog pores and aggravate or trigger the presence of acne.

If the care routine involves exfoliation before hydration or the use of products with acid, the skin can become even more sensitive and damaged. Therefore, it is necessary to have moderation when planning hydration!

Homemade recipes enhance moisturizers

In parts, myth . You can’t generalize it, because there are homemade recipes that really make the moisturizer more potent. However, care must always be taken with regard to the choice of ingredients.

There are several recipes that indicate mixtures that can be dangerous to the skin, using acidic foods (like lemon) or capable of causing microlesions in the dermis (like sugar).

In addition, even if the choice is to combine cosmetics, it is necessary to pay attention to the composition. Many creams are composed of anti-acne or oil-reducing ingredients, making it not recommended to mix them with others.

Therefore, a good moisturizing cream, suitable for your skin and indicated by professionals, is usually enough for a healthy and hydrated dermis.

If you are going to use more than one cosmetic, it is also legal to respect the absorption time. Talk to dermatology professionals to find out the correct order of application and how long to wait between each one!

Itching can be a sign of dehydrated skin

Truth ! Severe itching, especially after bathing, can be a sign of cutaneous dehydration. Oh, and even that oily skin, which shows no clear signs of dryness (such as whitish or scaly appearance), can be affected by itching!

In such cases, the use of moisturizers and changes in the care of the dermis can solve the problem and relieve the discomfort.

Often, people even think that itching is a sign of allergy , especially since it can become very intense. But in some cases, a cream is enough to solve the problem.

There is a difference between body and face moisturizer

Truth . Even if they are creams of the same brand or line, it is very important to apply only those indicated for the region on the face. This is because the composition of the products is designed exactly to meet the needs of each part of the dermis.

Even when it seems that the face and body have similar skin characteristics (oily or dry, for example), each region has specificities.

Close to the eyes, for example, the dermis tends to be much more sensitive. Thus, the use of any type of moisturizer can trigger irritation. The body, in general, asks for more intense moisturizers.


Moisturizing the skin will help to make it more beautiful and healthy! Knowing its characteristics and choosing suitable products makes all the difference. With that in mind, Healthy Minute helps out with some hydration information.

Tell us if you got it right or if you have any more questions!

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