Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Skin Care Ingredients for Dry Skin


There are four skin types; dry, oily, normal and combination. Many people believe they have dry skin; however, it's much more likely they have a dehydration issue. Any skin type can be dehydrated and unfortunately, most people suffer from this condition. Dry skin consists of having irritated, lack-luster, flaky, often times tight skin that often looks like it has a grey outer layer, which is actually dry skin build up. If you have a dry skin type, you want to ensure your skin care routine (cleanser, serum, eye cream, face cream) contains these important nutrients that will soothe dry skin, and over time, can help bring vitality back to your complexion. 

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid (HA) isn’t as scary as it sounds. It’s naturally occurring in the body and provides hydration to the skin. HA provides hydration as well as plumps up the skin which can even help soften wrinkles and fine lines. However, as a humectant, the skin needs to be dampened with water or a water skin spray when applying products containing hyaluronic acid. This way the HA can draw that water into the skin, rather than drawing water from the skin, which would further dehydrate the skin. HA is an ingredient that anyone can benefit from, but for those with dry skin, this is an ingredient that will boost your skins deeper level hydration while other ingredients can help your skins barrier and soothe dry skin.  


Glycerin is also a humectant; therefore, it draws water to it and into the skin. Like HA, it’s important to the skin is damp before using products with this ingredient so that water can hydrate the skin, rather than glycerin drawing water from the skin. Glycerin is a great ingredient for those with dry skin because it can help with inflammation, which many people with dry skin feel, and it helps hydrate the skin at a deeper level.

Plant Butter's

Plant butter’s like, Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Jojoba butter are great ingredients for dry skin. They are emollients, which make them absorb well into the skin. Skin creams with these ingredients are often thicker, which is soothing and nourishing to those with dry skin and helps moisturize well. 

Ceramides & Omega 3 Fatty Acids 

These are great ingredients that protect the barrier of skin. When the skins barrier is in tact it locks in moisture and hydration which helps against transepidermal water loss. Because of this, these ingredients help keep skin supple and plump, soften skin and support irritation and flakiness associated with dry skin. 

When shopping for your skin care regimen, natural ingredients are often the better choice, because many artificial ingredients can further irritate dry skin. When looking for these ingredients, look for products such as a milk cleanser to provide further moisture, a hyaluronic serum to help hydrate the skin on a deeper level, a rich cream for eyes and face to provide relief and to soothe dry skin, a moisturizing treatment mask and a gentle, yet hydrating exfoliator to use once a week. These weekly treatments can further moisturize skin and slough away dry skin build up on the surface to allow ingredients to better penetrate the skin. However, be sure to not over exfoliate the skin as it will strip it from its natural moisture barrier.

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