They seem to be the same right? in a sense they are, as both emollients and moisturizers are meant to improve dry skin.

What differentiates a moisturizing cream from an emollient is that the latter treats skin that is damaged by dryness, either by external agents or by skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis or psoriasis, and acts as a soother. Meanwhile, the moisturizer only provides water.

How do I know which one to use? The difference between using one or the other depends on the state our skin is in. Whether we have it dry, oily or mixed, a moisturizer will always be good for providing water to our skin since it acts on it even when it is healthy. So, if your skin does not have dermatological problems, it is best to use a moisturizer that will provide water to your skin and help it regain moisture. On the contrary, if your skin has a dermatological condition, you should use emollients to add extra hydration that will soothe itching and flaking. But as we always tell you, it is best to visit your dermatologist.

Emollients are often used all over the body, especially in areas with specific conditions that worsen dryness. The best time to put them on is after bathing as they are better absorbed by the skin and they can be used once or several times a day if needed.

In conclusion, yes, yes, yes: hydrate your skin but look for the most appropriate way to do it according to the specifications of your complexion.

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