What is the difference between the Hydrating Gel Plus HS and "classic" moisturizers?

Learn in this article what is the difference between the Hydrating Gel Plus HS  and “classic” moisturizers in terms of formulations and hydration power.

There are in the market a lot of different moisturizers, all claiming to provide good hydration. One can find it hard to make a choice! It is important to pay attention to the products’ formulation.

First generation moisturizer

First generation moisturizers are very established moisturizers. They have been on the market for quite a long time and they use petrol-derived ingredients as “emollients” to soften or soothe the skin. These ingredients are for instance:

  • Lanolin (derived from wool)
  • White soft paraffin (also called crystalline petroleum wax and similar names)
  • Light liquid paraffin (also called liquid petrolatum, mineral oil, and other names)

These petrol-derivated ingredients create a thin layer on the skin (like a liquid plastic glove) which limits the evaporation of the water contained in the skin, therefore the efficient moisturizing effect. But this use of petrol-derived ingredients causes two type of problems:

  • The first one is that the thin layer of the skin is occlusive. Therefore they also prevent the skin from breathing normally. And if people use them too often, bacteria and other agents can develop on the skin, under the thin layer.
  • Another one is that many people cannot stand the texture on their skin, as it is really like a liquid glove. Some people may even become allergic or hypersensitive to these ingredients, most of which are completely synthetic, like plastics.

Second generation moisturizers

The difference with  first generation moisturizers is that companies have kept these emollients but usually decreased their quantity. They have often added another type of occlusive emollient: dimethicone or similar derivatives of silicones (which are also derived from petrol). This emollient also provides an occlusive layer on top of the skin.

They have also added other types of moisturizing ingredients, such as glycerin, that are called “humectant”and that act in a different way than emollients. Indeed, they attract water to the skin. Most products, however, cannot contain large quantities of glycerin, because if the quantities are too high, the skin becomes sticky and it creates an itching sensation, as too much water from the lower layers of the skin is attracted to the higher layers.

Skintifique Hydrating Gel Plus HS: the new generation of moisturizers

The Hydrating Gel Plus HS can be called “a new generation of moisturizer” mainly because of two things:

  • It doesn’t contain mineral oil, petroleum wax, silicones, lanolin, mineral oil. The safest formulation has been developed to bring comfort and relief to the most demanding skin.
  • The Activifique technology used in the Hydrating Gel Plus HS allows a moisturizing efficacy that is exceptionally strong. Despite having no occlusive ingredient, ingredients such as glycerin are released over time to the skin. As a result, the skin benefits more from the activity of these ingredients than when they are in traditional products. In addition, the Hydrating Gel contains very high quantities of glycerin without creating the stickiness nor itching sensation. The glycerin is « trapped » in the cream before it is released, in a structure that has a very soft texture and that contains a lot of water.

As you can see, Skintifique is bringing innovation both on the safety and the efficiency side!

Why may you want to use the Hydrating Gel Plus HS to moisturize your skin?

So now, you know what is the difference between the Hydrating Gel Plus HS  and “classic” moisturizers. The Hydrating Gel appears as a new generation of moisturizer. It contains no occlusive ingredients derived from petrol, which is better both for the skin and for the environment. It also delivers superior moisturizing efficacy with a great texture, thanks to a long-term delivery of the moisturizing ingredients, mostly glycerin, which are in high quantities.

  1. I have been using for a couple years 0.05% Fluocinonide cream USP and it definitely helps the itching and breakout. Is this cream that you advertise as good or any better?

    1. Dear Virginia,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Skintifique.

      The Hydrating Gel Plus HS does not contain steroids or corticoids. This is one of the difference with the cream you mentioned. It does provide high benefit to many people with skin condition such as psoriasis or eczema who use it either alone, or in combo with medical products.

      Also, the Hydrating Gel Plus HS benefits from a patented technology called Activifique. With this technology, the gel gradually releases its moisturizing and soothing agents on demand. This scientific innovation makes the gel a “smart” skin care that is responsive to the skin and its needs.

      If you want to try it for free, you can benefit from our Welcome Offer and receive one tube of Hydrating Gel plus HS for free. You only have to pay the shippings cost. Here are all the information about the Welcome Offer: /fr/la-distribution/offres-speciales/

      Do not hesitate to come back to me if you need anything.

      Best regards,

      Laura from the Skintifique team

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