Moisturizers – Hydration vs. Moisture | Humectants, Emollients, Occlusives.

Moisturizers – Hydration vs. Moisture | Humectants, Emollients, Occlusives.

Been a while since my last skincare chat! Moisturizers are paramount to our skincare but are so subjective. I believe we should all have a better understanding of what they are and some of the important ingredients to look for. Since my favourite moisturizers are so emollient, they will send most of you running, I would rather share with you some of the things I think it’s important to understand in order to find what’s right for your skin type and needs. Ofcourse, I will be showing you some products along the way. Thank you, so much for liking when I get all geeky with details. Enjoy! Love you all!

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– Products Mentioned or Shown –

Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Lotion

Moisturizing Liquid:
Goodal Moisture Barrier Liquid…
Dr Jart Ceramidin Liquid Skin Saver

Emulsion/Lightweight moisturizer:
Hada Labo Gokujyun Moisture Milk
Kose Medicated Sekkisei Emulsion…
Belif Creamy Moisturizer Deep Moist
Blossom Jeju Camellia Soombi Moisturizer…

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb
Guerrisson 9 Complex Cream…
Banila Co Miss Flower Mr Honey Cream…
also Banila Co Miss Flower Mr Honey Essence Stick…
Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream
Earth’s Recipe Moisture Bound Cream…
also: Earth’s Recipe Energy Boosting Toner…
Shara Shara Honey Bomb All in One Ampoule…

Occlusive Ointment:
Egyptian Magic
Alba Botanica Un-Petroleum Multi-Purpose Jelly
Aquaphor Advanced Therapy with Touch-Free Applicator

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Bobbi Brown Blush in Pale Pink
Clio Kill Back Waterproof Pen Liner
Heavy Rotation Eye Designer Extra Volume Mascara
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Hepburn Honey

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Comments (49)

  • Tuyen Reply

    Be careful if you buy Hada Labo in Singapore!
    Great Video as always Renee! Where do you buy your Skin care products? I'm in Singapore and just bought the Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion, but after that I realized that Hada Labo Singapore's ingredients are different from the one from Japan and USA. I will try to return mine and buy online instead. The brand is supposed to be the same, but besides the ingredients, the one sold in Singapore is manufactured by Mentholatum in China!

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
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    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • ktsmurf Reply

    This is soooo helpful! I have always had oily skin, but I'm 36, and I'm pretty sure I now have combination skin that's dehydrated. I'm sorting out how to get enough moisture without triggering waves of breakouts, and you have been a lifesaver in this arena!

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Ange Marie Taillandier Reply

    Oh my god I had to comment! Your video is just so amazingly informative and helpful! Thank you! I recently discovered your channel I am totally obsessed! As you asked at the end of the video, my skin is sensitive and i have rosacea. So happy I found your channel!

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Madrenna Griffith Reply

    When I click on your link for the Hada Lado it takes me to Nordstrom to a product called Sulwhasso. I am very interested in those Korean products please help

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Genevieve Youngsma Reply

    So informative!!!!!!!!!! Thank you ๐Ÿค—

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Elle Taciuk Reply

    Hi Renee! Does the Habo lado lotion go on before essence, or after?

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • kindofpurple22 Reply

    Hi Renee- I am a bit confused as to what goes where/when. With Hado Labo lotion and gel; does one first pat on lotion, then apply serums, and then cover with the gel? Does one finish with an occlusive moisturizer like The Ordinary NMF? Could you please tell me what goes first, second, third etc? Thanks in advance!

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • MrsDrHuxtable Joanne Danson Reply

    Think I have rewatched this video at least twenty times, every change of season when my skin needs change, I refresh my knowledge and revisit this to know which direction to take. My skin canโ€™t thank you enough for making my skincare choices, good ones ๐Ÿ’•xx

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Amanda OnAPanda Reply

    โ€œ If you have dry skin most likely you are dehydrated as well. โ€ –
    grabs water bottle and chugs it

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • S S Reply

    Just found your channel.Your videos are more focused on educating people about skincare rather than products.Very informative.โค๏ธโค๏ธ

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • zulema187 Reply

    My skin is so dry. Iโ€™ve tried high end and drugstore moisturizers. I have found that most moisturizers have silicones and wonder how does that benefit my skin? How do I get Moisture in if silicones act as barriers? Iโ€™ve thought of just using oil for a moisturizer because no cream has helped. Do you have any suggestions?

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Queen Alisha Reply

    Thanks for the video..I love hada labo lotion.. after im double cleansing my skin and i use exfoliating toner (somebyme), hada labo works wonderfully on my skin.. but im wondering should i use the milk of hada labo after that? (for holds the humecant), because i think my skin isnt that dry.. im living in tropical country..

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • lauramagdaleno100 Reply

    Why is it that when I add my skin products (drunk elephant) c firm, lala retro and their sunscreen (morning routine)
    Lala retro and marula oil (night routine) my face automatically feels soo stretched and I see thin lines all over my cheeks? My pores also so enlarged too. I'm I dehydrated? I gave their TLC a try for a few weeks, but my skin got so dried after that and it simply won't back to normal. My face looks shiny cause it seems to be oilly, but i still feel it dried. When I smile even more. I've always thought I have combination skin. My T zone tends to be more oily than my C zone. I'm very confused and frustrated. Could you help?

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Fatima Awada Reply

    This is video is sooooo educational

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Kendra C Reply

    I just found you this weekend & I have to say you. Are. A. Queen. ๐Ÿ‘ธ thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • shinie pham Reply

    Omg ure a life saver!! This video has definitely provided me with the answer to my quest: why my super dehydrated skin just gets so sticky and oily when i apply the so called โ€˜moisturizers for dry skinโ€™ on!! <3

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Jennifer Tang Reply

    renee!!! i have been really trying to be conscious to cut parabens out of my skincare. you and so many people praise the hada labo products but i find that they all contain paraben. is this something that you are wary of or pay attention to in your products? do you consider it to be not as big of a threat vs the benefits you receive from the products? please advise, thanks!

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Jose .Ag Reply

    Do you recommend certain products for men?

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Jose .Ag Reply

    Awesome content!!! I enjoyed the informative video

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Twix Roberts Reply

    Hyalouronic acid and Glycerin do completely different things…..

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Hi Renee, what category does the clinique dramatically different lotion fall into?

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Vicki Noble Reply

    The product hyperlinks do not work. ๐Ÿ˜ซ

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Clara J Reply

    If a moisturizer contains all three humectant, occlusive, and emollient properties, would any of them cancel out the other or prevent the other from doing its job on your skin?

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Elizabeth Bonilla Reply

    Seriously loving your channel! Itโ€™s exactly what Iโ€™ve been looking for. You take the hard work out of doing research and trying to understand exactly what to do for our skin types! Thank you soooo much for doing this! You deserve millions of subs! โค๏ธ

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Jules T Reply

    Sadly Hada labo didn't work for me. was hoping it would as it's pretty affordable. great review. never knew all these information. thank you for the through explanation. โคโค

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • linda trinh Reply

    Hello, i love your videos since you break down the science behind what everything is and how each ingredient affect your skin! i would like to also learn about the science behind all of this and be more knowledgeable as well. could you please recommend a course that i could take to gain a better knowledge like you have? or even the name of the degree that i should pursue? thank you so much! i love watching your videos!

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Trinida K Reply

    I have dry skin. I just start to watch your videos. I like your videos. A lot of information on every videos that it good to know.

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Kathleen Kavanagh Reply

    Hi Renee, Can you do a tutorial on how you do your hair. I want the middle part straighter hair look and I have really thick really dry frizxy hairโ˜น๏ธ Your videos are great! Thank you! Kathy

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • clone 2k Reply

    Hi Renee. I was wondering if you've ever tried or reviewed glycerin cream .

    I have a very super oily skin that easily breaks out and leave out nasty scars. Now I often hear that for oily skin, it is advised to moisturize with lightweight products, mainly in the form of gel instead of heavy cream. So far I've used aloe vera and snail slime gel. I've also recently tried several face oils after I looked at your videos (as well as others), such as grapeseed, rosehip, hemp seed, jojoba, tamanu, argan, safflower oils etc. And although these products don't aggravate my acne, I feel like they don't do much for my face either. Face oils in particular. Instead of controlling my sebum production, they tend to make my face even oilier and looks greasy or tacky, it's just nasty and embarrassing.

    It wasn't after I use glycerin cream (I use the brand Glysolid that has 50% glycerin content) that I feel like my face starts to change. I still have my acne and scars, but at least the cream doesn't make my face look greasy. And I do get several compliments from people around me after I started using it.

    Perhaps you can do one video about glycerin cream esp in regards to oily skin or acne skincare/treatment. I'd sure love to see your take on it.

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Kathleen Kavanagh Reply

    Amazingly helpful videos! So much in depth information, Thank you! But I mudt say I am so confused. I have to fugure out all this layering. Where is the sunscreen coming in or the eye cream, oils, emulsions, creamsetc. I have to see if you have a video where you are demonstrating your sjpkincare routine! Thanks so much again. BTW you have beautiful skin

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Kathryn Ocampo Um Reply

    Hi there! I love all your videos, and am learning a lot. So firstly, thanks for your informative, helpful, and classy videos. Would you mind making an updated moisturizers video – that includes best moisturizers for all skin types including normal skin? I realize you said that picking moisturizers is subjective, but I'd love to hear your recommendations for moisturizers for normal skin.Thanks again!

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Marie Antoinette Reply

    Hi there! New to your channel, and I really enjoy your videos. You have the most lovely skin! I have a question for you. I have combo skin that is more dehydrated than truly dry on areas other than my nose. I was wanting to add an essence to my regime that isn't overly expensive. What are some you would reccomend? Thanks

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • lite nur Reply

    Hi, I have combination ance prone skin but so dehydrated. Med Olive skin tone. Canada.tnx

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • amarayoga Reply

    I need that spatula! I can't find one anywhere!!

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • asjgf uy Reply

    Egyptian magic gave me an allergic reaction

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Kelly Anissa Reply

    Hi renรจe! Im new to your channel and am loving it so far! Could you please do a review on Life Flo oil products? Specifically the Olive Squalane and pure Rosehip seed oil? I have very dry skin that flakes A LOT and have recently gotten a scar on my face too. I heard that rosehip is great for this and also for hyperpigmentation. I just want to know if whether these two products under this brand does what it says, considering the super affordable price they have. Thank you!!

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Manali gulati Reply

    You're one of the best bloggers I've come across and I follow a lot of them ..but you really know your stuff..while there a lot of information I your videos but they never get boring …good going, keep it up..

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Erin Purcell Reply

    This girl knows her stuff ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Jade Buenaflor Reply

    Very informative and enjoyable at the same time…would you please do an anti-aging on a budget series?

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Art Of living Reply

    Hello! Thanks for the video! What do you think about Cremorlab?

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • TheProcess Life Reply

    Hello, thank you so much for educating us. I have normal to dry skin…

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Christina Lane Reply

    Silicones are soooo comedogenic ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Saltanat Vecchio Reply

    Hello, can you give private advice please about K beauty skin care for combination sensitive skin? I donโ€™t know what to purchase, totally confused keeping buying different products.

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Jany Huynh Reply

    hi i'm not sure if your link for Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Lotion is correct. The link may have changed since the video was made?

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Sarah Sarmadi Reply

    you have absolutely beautiful skin!

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Anupama Kumar Reply

    Hi Renee, really enjoy ur videos!! Found them a little heavy to begin with but now am a fan ๐Ÿ™‚ I have skin similar to ur type….would love to hear ur suggestions on best moisturizers/brands for our skin type. Thanks

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
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    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am
  • Chang Chang Reply

    I recently just got immersed into this skincare routine and is loving it. However, I am stuck with finding the appropriate moisturizer and it would be so nice if you could recommend me one. I was using the Simple $8 drugstore moisturizer but unfortunately it gave me bunch of pimples. I assumed that the moisturizer is too thick for my skin which it clogs my pores. After stop using it, my skin becomes normal again.

    I would love love love if you could recommend a moisturizer that is friendly with vitamin C and peptide and light enough that it would not clog my skins.

    Thank you so much if you could answer this comment ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ. And I love your videos! Super fun and informative!

    November 24, 2018 at 10:02 am

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