Hydrating vs. Moisturizing: What’s the Difference?

Both oil and water are essential to supple, healthy-looking skin.
Hydrators and moisturizers both work to combat dryness and dehydration, but they’re not the same!
Watch to learn how each works and why your skin needs both.
Ready to hydrate and moisturize? Explore these MONAT products to find what’s right for you!

4 Easy Steps to Deep-Cleaning Pores

Proper care for radiant skin can be simple, soothing and indulgent.
Cleansed pores are the best pores, and removing impurities from the skin can be an extremely soothing experience—especially when you’re doing it at home on the couch with your favorite products. Not only will your freshly cleansed complexion look radiant every day; you’ll also feel flawless in your own skin. Let’s get started!
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Step 1: Remove your makeup.
We’re all guilty of falling asleep without washing off our makeup. We forgive you, but your pores may not if it becomes a habit, because they’ll become congested, which can lead to breakouts. Even if your makeup appears “wiped away” in the morning, it’s too late: That makeup has already made its way deep into your pores.
Enter Makeup Vanishing Balm™. In mere seconds, this remarkably smooth, gentle balm melts into your skin, dissolving stubborn makeup while leaving your skin feeling soft, soothed, nourished and non-greasy. This vital step creates the ideal canvas for deep cleansing with your MONAT Skincare Routine.
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Step 2: Wash your face.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but throughout the day, your face unavoidably collects grime and impurities. A good facial cleanser is a must-have product at the center of every skincare routine.
If you have oily skin, keep your face free of buildup with BE PURIFIED™ Clarifying Cleanser. Infused with botanical extracts green tea, rosemary, and aloe vera leaf, plus powerful glycolic and lactic AHAs to nourish, refresh, and purify the skin, this oil-free cleanser gently reduces excess oil and unclogs pores without drying while reducing shine for up to eight hours.
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Step 3: Exfoliate.
Exfoliation is one of the most powerful steps in your skincare routine—and most effective when performed regularly and properly. Circular motions help your scrub absorb fully for deep pore cleansing. Remember, regardless of your skin tone or type, skin layers are delicate, so be firm yet gentle during this indulgent step in your routine, ideally done once to twice weekly.
Of course, a proven, award-winning exfoliant helps, too! Winner of the 2020 NewBeauty Award for Best Face Scrub, Berry Refined Scrub™ is formulated with our proprietary REJUVENIQE S™ hydrating and nourishing blend, natural fruit acids, naturally exfoliating granulated sugar extracts, and cranberry and bayberry wax to polish skin and reveal a smooth, healthy-looking complexion.
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Step #4: Apply charcoal mask.
A charcoal face mask not only helps refine and deep-cleanse pores; it also creates a cooling, refreshing sensation that feels fabulous. Formulated specifically for oily skin types, oil-free BE PURIFIED™ Cold Charcoal Mask gently absorbs excess oil, unclogs pores, and creates an instant matte effect, reducing shine for up to eight hours. It’s the perfect pampering touch to a warm bubble bath at the end of your day: Apply, lean back, and enjoy a well-deserved dose of self-care.
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It’s National Clean Beauty Day!

Would you sacrifice your health for the sake of beauty? Thanks to the rise in safer ingredient standards, you don’t have to. Today is National Clean Beauty Day and the perfect day to learn what it means, and how you can make the switch to “cleaner” products.
If you follow beauty brands on social media, chances are good you’ve heard the term “clean beauty” at least once. But what exactly does it mean? Clean beauty products are made without ingredients shown to harm human health.
Make the switch from “dirty” to “clean.”
Clean beauty is about awareness. It means making a conscious effort to use ingredients that are deemed safe for public consumption. With a lack of regulation in the United States, it’s up to you – the consumer – to be well versed in what you’re layering on your skin or applying to your hair.
Did you know formaldehyde, used in cosmetics as a preservative, is a known carcinogen, and is often found in creams and haircare treatments? Formaldehyde can also trigger allergies and weaken the immune system. Instead of sabotaging your health for frizz-free locks, consider a healthier hair care regimen to tame your mane. MONAT STUDIO ONE™ Frizz-Fix Smoothing Hair Primer is a great pre-styling treatment that helps control frizz, and defends against humidity, for long-lasting definition, shine, and smoothness.
When it comes to skincare, not all cleansers are created equal. MONAT Be Gentle™ Creamy Cleanser, Be Balanced™ Foamy Cleanser, and BE PURIFIED™ Clarifying Cleanser are designed to clean and hydrate skin without toxic ingredients. They are made with the finest naturally based ingredients for a renewed, healthy-looking, youthful complexion. If you’re looking for a safer alternative to retinol, Botanic Bakuchiol Vegan Retinol Alternative Lotion contains plant-derived ingredients that have been clinically proven to prevent fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, and is safe for daily use.
If you’re keen on going clean, switching to a safer sunscreen is also a good idea—especially one rich in mineral-based zinc oxide. Reach for Sun Veil™ Daily Mineral Protection SPF 30. The vegan formula offers serious daily physical sun protection and nourishment. Zinc oxide gives you broad spectrum protection from UVB and UVA rays, meaning your skin is getting the best sun protection possible.
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Protect Your Skin: Expert Summer Skincare Tips

Dr. Amy S. Ross offers her advice for healthy summer skin
The sun is shining and you’re ready to head outside for some relaxation under the warm rays. But before you go, your summer skincare routine remains a top priority.
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We asked Dr. Amy S. Ross, MD, FAAD, FACMS, board-certified dermatologist, and member of the MONAT Scientific Advisory Board for her best advice to help keep skin protected and healthy-looking all summer long.
“A solid skincare routine should apply to all seasons and all climates,” says Dr. Ross. “With that said, there are a couple of changes one might consider when transitioning from winter to summer.”
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Moisturize Daily
“Despite the weather being hot and humid, you still need to moisturize,” says Dr. Ross. “Even if your skin feels oily, moisturizing is a must.” BE PURIFIED™ Oil-Free Moisturizer is a lightweight formula to help keep skin’s outer layer nourished without feeling heavy. Dr. Ross also recommends using Sun Veil™ Daily Mineral Protection SPF 30 after moisturizing.
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Apply Vitamin C Serum
“Vitamin C is great year-round, but all the more important in the summer,” says Dr. Ross. C. Radiance™ Illuminating Serum is a supercharged 15% vitamin C serum featuring powerful antioxidants to help brighten and enhance your complexion. C. Radiance™ glides on and absorbs easily, working rapidly to create a healthy, youthful-looking glow.
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Exfoliate
Summertime is the season to slough away dead skin via exfoliating. Dr. Ross suggests incorporating exfoliation into your daily routine. Berry Refined Scrub™ is a 2-in-1 exfoliator mask that gently buffs and removes dead skin cells to reveal more even-toned, glowing skin.
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Stay in the Shade
Skincare experts recommend wearing sun-protective clothing, wide-brim hats, and sunglasses in the sun. Reduce your entire body’s exposure to direct sunlight by sitting under an umbrella, and avoid midday sun to avoid overexposure and sunburn.
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Stay Hydrated
“Hydration is always important for our skin, but even more so in the summer,” says Dr. Ross. Drinking eight glasses of water a day provides great results and can help the skin recover from sunburn.
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SPF, SPF, SPF
“Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every couple of hours, so make sure to pack extra for long summer days outdoors,” says Dr. Ross. She recommends a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher on all exposed skin—and don’t forget to apply it to your hands, feet, ears, and lips.
Sun Veil™ Daily Mineral Protection SPF 30 is made with mineral-rich zinc oxide, hyaluronic acid, botanicals, and antioxidants. Its hydrating formula provides the skin an extra veil of sun protection. Pro Tip: Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to reapply.
Learn more about Dr. Ross’ recommended MONAT Skincare products at the link below and ensure your skin stays protected and healthy-looking this summer.
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Celebrate Dad in Style This Father’s Day

Help him look his best with the perfect products for skin and hair!
Father’s Day is a time to properly celebrate all dads! What better way to ensure he looks his best each day than gifting him with the best skincare and haircare products in the game?
Skincare For Him
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Healthy-looking skin will boost Dad’s confidence factor up and over the charts! Lucky for him, a proper skincare routine is simple. Have him try MONAT FOR MEN™ Essential Face Wash for an invigorating cleanse each morning that works to promote a healthy complexion, leaving skin feeling fresh and hydrated.
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A proper cleanse should always be followed with a proper moisturizer. We love MONAT FOR MEN™ Essential Face Moisturizer! Dad will enjoy a cooling and refreshing experience with all-day hydration when he uses this lightweight, non-greasy formula that also protects against environmental aggressors.
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A great skincare routine always goes the extra mile! A micro-exfoliant like MONAT FOR MEN™ Essential Face Scrub is a multipurpose facial scrub that removes dead skin cells; prepares the skin for a smooth, clean shave; and helps the complexion look brighter while energizing the skin and providing a cooling, refreshing experience!
Haircare for Him
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A handsome man knows the power of a healthy-looking head of hair! Treat Dad to MONAT BLACK Shampoo + Conditioner for a two-in-one experience that cleanses and conditions, while supporting the natural regrowth of hair.
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Hey Fellas!

Ready For Healthy-Looking Skin in 5 Easy Steps?
Skincare should be a vital part of your daily routine. Afterall, proper skincare means that fresh, glowing skin is not only attainable but manageable—so there’s no reason you can’t handle your handsome! Here are five easy steps to keep your skin on point in just minutes a day.
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#1 Cleanse Twice Daily
MONAT FOR MEN™ Essential Face Wash provides an invigorating cleanse to perk your skin right up each morning! This luxurious gel promotes a healthy complexion while leaving skin feeling fresh and hydrated. For optimum results, use again before bed.
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#2 Moisturize Twice Daily
Never underestimate the magic of a good moisturizer. MONAT FOR MEN™ Essential Face Moisturizer is a lightweight, non-greasy formula that helps protect against environmental aggressors. You’ll enjoy a cooling and refreshing experience with all-day hydration. Apply in the morning and before bed to stay moisturized while you sleep.
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#3 Exfoliate
Cleansing is a must, but it’s always a good idea to take the extra time to exfoliate, too. Remove the buildup of dead skin cells with MONAT FOR MEN™ Essential Face Scrub. This creamy, micro-exfoliant is ideal for use in the shower once or twice a week, and prepares your skin for a smooth, clean shave.
#4 Drink Up!
Ready to see your skin glow? Then grab your water and starting drinking! Dry skin equals a breeding ground for not only a lackluster complexion but wrinkles and unbalanced skin tones. Water is your skin’s best friend, so work in at least eight glasses a day.
#5 Get Your Sleep
Did you know as you sleep, your skin is able to focus on repair? Aim for 7–8 hours of sleep to ensure your skin can repair and rejoice in the morning!
Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated, and incorporating these steps into your day is an easy way to stay ahead of the game. Click below to learn more about these skincare products created especially for men.
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Hello Sunshine, Hello Sunscreen

Protect your skin as you head outside for some well-deserved sunshine
Nothing beats a day spent outdoors taking in the fresh air and sunshine! In honor of National Sunscreen Day on May 28, we want to remind you about the importance of protecting your skin as you head outside this summer!
Do I Really Need Sunscreen?
Absolutely! Even in not-so-sunny climates, applying sunscreen on a daily basis is the best choice. The sun contains powerful UVA/UVB rays that can cause damage to the skin, different types of skin cancer, age spots, wrinkles, and more. You’ll want to apply it generously throughout the day (if spending time outside) or apply after your moisturizer in the morning for regular daily protection.
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Which Sunscreen is For Me?
With so many options these days, it’s important to ensure the sunscreen you choose is not only offers the protection you need, but is a safe formula that won’t irritate your skin or the environment.
We love Sun Veil™ Daily Mineral Protection SPF 30! This easy-to-apply sunscreen provides SPF 30 and is a lightweight, creamy blend of mineral-rich zinc oxide. Plus, its Reef-Safe formula is approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
As a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen, Sun Veil™ is also provides a skin-loving mix of potent, effective antioxidants, and skin-restoring, hydrating ingredients. Plus, its vegan formula offers serious daily physical sun protection and nourishment.
The Perks of Sun Veil
  • Broad-spectrum, mineral-based sunscreen
  • Lightweight, fast-absorbing, non-nano zinc oxide lotion
  • Skin Cancer Foundation approved for daily use
  • Ideal for all skin types and skin tones
  • Protects against harmful UVA/UVB rays
  • Reef-Safe Formula
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How To Use Sun Veil™
  1. Apply to face every morning 15 minutes prior to sun exposure, after your MONAT moisturizer, and prior to makeup application.
  2. Apply two pumps of sunscreen and gently rub in the palm of your hands.
  3. Massage evenly onto your face until fully absorbed.
  4. Apply one additional pump of sunscreen and gently rub in the palm of your hands.
  5. Massage evenly onto your neck and décolletage until fully absorbed apply it daily.
Click below to learn more about Sun Veil™ and get ready to enjoy some sunshine!
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Self-Care for Him

Self-Care Tips for Men!
Gentlemen, self-care isn’t just for the ladies anymore! The term “self-care” may most commonly be associated with women wearing mint masks with cucumbers on their eyes, more than ever men are making time to take care of themselves. Self-care not only helps you look good, but it can also be essential in boosting your energy and overall confidence. Let’s take a look at easy ways you can add self-care into your routine!
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Eat Well
Eating well to ensure you’re getting all of your essential nutrients is an easy way to inject daily self-care into your routine. The hustle and bustle of our careers and family obligations make it easy to swing by the nearest fast food restaurant for a quick meal rather than making something healthy. And we’ve all noticed that those heavy meals often leave us feeling sluggish. A diet incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables not only helps avoid that sluggish feeling, but you’ll also have more energy and confidence for your next big meeting, family event, or new date. If you ever feel like you don’t have enough time to eat a healthy meal, consider taking MONAT® Total Greens™ when you’re on the run!
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Take Walks, Hikes & Bike Rides
Exercise is another simple way men can take care of themselves. Regular exercise gives you a boost of energy that carries you throughout the week—and the confidence you need for the weekend! There’s truth to the saying, “when you look good, you feel good,” and exercising helps ensure you look good. Plus, the endorphins released during exercise trigger positive feelings in the body and can reduce pain and stress. Finding a workout you enjoy, and doing it regularly is an essential part of every self-care routine. Also, if you’re ever having trouble working up the motivation to exercise, take MONAT Energy for an additional boost!
Make Downtime Your Time
Men who are always on the go often miss opportunities to unwind in those rare downtime moments. Use those in between times to invest in mindfulness and reflection. You can still do something enjoyable like sitting at the beach, getting a massage, or even listening to relaxing music.
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Invest In Skincare
Skincare is also often associated only with women, but the truth is, it’s important for everyone. A simple skincare routine keeps you looking youthful, which will add to your confidence as you make it through the week. MONAT FOR MEN™ offers three skincare products perfect for any man who wants a simple routine with great results.
Everyone deserves to look good and feel good, and self-care for men has never been more essential or more convenient for men on the go!
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Stellar Skincare Tips for Men

It’s time to put your best face forward!
Hey fellas!
We know you care about your skin just as much as the ladies. And we also know it can be a bit intimidating when it comes to choosing the right products and routines—especially if you’re a skincare rookie. Well, no need to worry. We’re here to help with some basic tips and products you need for a simple, daily skincare routine. So get ready to bring out healthy-looking skin that feels refreshed and will have you glowing from the inside out!
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Drink Up

Water is an incredible tool to rid the body and skin of toxins. It also serves to plump the skin, prevent premature aging, reduce puffiness and bloating, help keep the skin clear, and give an overall improved complexion. So be sure to get your eight glasses a day because hydrated skin is happy skin!
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Cleanse

Kick your skincare routine off with the perfect cleanser. This is the first step to refreshed, glowing skin that ensures you always put your best face forward. Ideal for daily use and all skin types, MONAT FOR MEN™ Essential Face Wash is an invigorating and luxurious facial gel wash crafted to cleanse deeply while refreshing the skin.
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Scrub

Once your face is squeaky clean, you’ll want to reach for a product that scrubs away dead skin cells and prepares the skin for a smooth, clean shave. Try MONAT FOR MEN™ Essential Face Scrub This creamy, micro-exfoliating, multipurpose facial scrub removes dead skin cells and energizes the skin. Plus it provides a cooling, refreshing experience that’ll leave you ready to face the day.
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Moisturize

The finishing touch of your daily skincare routine is always to moisturize. Not only does a quality moisturizer hydrate the skin, but it helps protect it from all of the environmental stressors you face every day. We love MONAT FOR MEN™ Essential Face Moisturizer for ultimate daily hydration.
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Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

Listen up…and we can’t stress this enough. Get yourself familiar with a quality SPF because you will be applying it every single day. Yes, sir. Those UV rays from the sun are incredibly damaging—and do a fantastic job of aging your skin if left unprotected. Keep wrinkles at bay by applying Sun Veil™ Daily Mineral Protection SPF 30. This broad-spectrum, mineral sunscreen contains a skin-loving mix of potent, effective antioxidants and skin-restoring, hydrating ingredients.
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Capture Your Autumn Glow!

Five Skincare Tips for Glowing Skin!
Fall is in full effect…and we’re ready to adjust our skincare regimen to adapt to the cooler weather. We checked in with Dr. Amy Ross, MONAT Scientific Board Member, and came away five tips for glowing skin!

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Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!
Start your week with a full-body exfoliating session. Dr. Ross explains that gently exfoliating the skin once per week helps remove dead skin cells and leaves your skin smooth and renewed. Oil-based scrubs are wonderful because they both exfoliate and hydrate.
MONAT Berry Refined Scrub™ is an easy-to-use option for anyone who wants to buff away dull skin and reveal their natural glow!

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Use Creams & Oils
As the air becomes drier, your skin needs a thicker moisturizer, Dr. Ross says. Creams provide a stronger oily barrier, which means they both reduce water loss from the outer layer of the skin and provide hydration to the inner layer of the skin at the same time.
If you’re opting for oil, REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive is made of Abyssinian oil combined with a blend of 13 unique ingredients and designed to be used before moisturizing. The result? Instant hydration, protection, and improved texture and tone.

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Protect Against Still-intense UV Rays
Sun protection shouldn’t end just because the temperature is dropping. More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are associated with the sun, which emits cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) radiation all year. Use of a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 25 or higher every day is a must!
Sun Veil™ Daily Mineral Protection SPF 30 is the latest addition to the MONAT skincare line—and is your new go-to product for UV protection! Sun Veil™ is a lightweight, creamy blend of mineral-rich zinc oxide, hyaluronic acid, botanicals, and antioxidants, and offers an extra veil of protection from the sun’s rays.

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Protect Your Lips
Start moisturizing now to prevent dry, cracked lips, Dr. Ross advises. Gently exfoliate your lips and apply a moisturizing lip balm that’s petroleum free and contains sunscreen with an SPF 20 or more

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Don’t Forget Your Knees, Elbows, Hands, and Feet!
Your knees, elbows, hands, and feet always are in need of some TLC. Dr. Ross recommends gently exfoliating these areas with rich, creamy moisturizers. Adding a nightly cuticle cream can also help your hands get a jump on cooler weather!
Now you’re ready to face the fall with glowing your skin!
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