Smith and Brit co-founder Kristyn Smith conducting a facial at her New York Boutique. 

Smith and Brit co-founder Kristyn Smith conducting a facial at her New York Boutique. 


When it comes to keeping our skin healthy, there’s a lot of information we have to sift through to find the right fit for our specific skin type. One of the questions we often receive from users of Immunocologie is what is the difference between skin hydration and skin moisturization and how do I know when my skin is need of either? We reached out to esthetician and co-founder of New York based health and wellness boutique Smith and Brit Kristyn Smith to get her take on skin hydration versus moisturization and how to make sure you’re giving your skin what it needs, when it needs it.

What is the difference between skin hydration and moisturization?  

On the whole de-hydrated skin refers to a lack of water (so it needs to be hydrated) while dry skin refers to a lack of oil (so it needs to be moisturized).  It is important to distinguish between these two skin conditions, as they each require different types of treatment.

Why is sufficiently hydrated skin important? What about moisturized skin? 

Both are necessary and important.  While hydration is key because it is largely makes our skin soft and supple, it can’t stay that way if there is no oil protecting that hydration from evaporating and abandoning the skin – this would leave it dry and flaky.  Conversely, to put oil on top of dehydrated skin may smooth it initially, but it will still lack the hydration that makes it feel soft and elastic.  Dehydrated skin that is moisturized without receiving the amount of hydration will still look dull and feel uncomfortably tight.  Dry skin that is hydrated but not moisturized will still flake and have a rough texture.  Basically, hydration refers to what is below the surface, and moisturization is referring to what is “locking in” that moisture on the actual skin surface.  Both are important to maintain.

                                                                                                                                                                The Smith and Brit boutique in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. 

                                                                                                                                                                The Smith and Brit boutique in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. 


We’ve just started spring, but for those living is colder climates, winter can take a significant toll on the skin. Why is it particularly important to be aware of these two areas post winter? 

Although each season presents specific challenges to the skin, winter, with its cold temperatures and dry air, tends to absorb moisture from the skin at an accelerated rate so it is common to experience dryness and flakiness during these months.  Because of this, hydration and moisturization are more important than ever, especially as we transition seasons.

Which Immunocologie products are best to use for those suffering from dehydrated or dry skin? How do you suggest using them? 

When it comes to an ingredient that is hydrating, hyaluronic acid is by far the gold standard - this little molecule packs a punch by holding a thousand times its weight in water.  Since our skin’s natural supply of hyaluronic acid depletes as we age, Immunocologie’s Hyaluronic Serum is a wonderful addition to one’s daily skin care regime as it plumps and firms the skin and provides deep skin hydration.  When this is paired with Face Serum, the skin is not only hydrated, but then topically moisturizing, as well as protected with anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that all contribute to skin health and hydration.


Smith and Brit is located between 7th and 8th Avenues at 233 W. 19th in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood. In New York? Contact Smith and Brit today to book your Immunocologie Facial and get your skin in great spring shape! 

Ryan Knowles