Moisturization is an essential element of skincare—this everybody knows.
But do they really live up to their reputation?
Are they great in theory but better at just sitting on your vanity table?
There are so many ways to lock in moisture, what the right answer is?
To make sense of moisturizing and the most common mistakes join us, as we work to make dry skin a thing of the past.
The role of moisturizers
- barrier repairing
Are you dry or dehydrated?
Before we go any further, we need to set the record straight – dry skin is a type and dehydrated skin condition.
This is a lack of oil characterised by fewer oil-producing glands on the face and the body.
Dry skin lacks oil because it produces less sebum than normal skin. This means the skin is without its all-important lipids required to retain moisture and build a strong barrier function to protect against external aggressors.
This skin type tends to be uncomfortable, flaky, and itchy; the most affected areas are typically around the eyebrows, the corners of the nose and mouth. The common trouble areas include the inside of the arms, the neck, and thighs on the body.
Has a lack of water, not oil.
This is why in some cases you can have an oily complexion but still have dehydrated skin, many factors cause it, but the most common are weather, environment, diet, medication, excess alcohol and caffeine consumption, all of which can result in diminished water content within the skin.
A test that we recommend to our clients is to pinch your cheek. If it wrinkles with pressure instead of holding its shape, your skin cells are starved of water.
Common signs of dehydrated skin include redness, lots of congestion, and inflammation. It can also feel tight and look dull. You may notice more lines in places you don’t remember having them. You may have exaggerated dark circles beneath your eyes also.
Let’s take a moment to review the formulas for these very different skin types in more detail:
The best moisturizer for dry skin
To understand how or why a moisturiser will work for a dry skin type, there are certain ingredients you should look out for, that will bring you that much-needed moisture relief. To understand this we are going to have to get a bit technical, so bear with us.
Occlusives are the best moisturizers if you have dry skin; they create a protective film over your skin; this improves the texture, giving your skin its soft, smooth feel.
Emollients help keep your skin’s surface lubricated and protected; they include ceramides and butter ingredients. Ceramide barrier repair balm is full of important emollients that will help to rebuild your skin if it is impaired.
Lipids have a protective role on your skin, improving the barrier function; they literally patch up gaps between the cell walls.
Many of our formulas contain skin-identical ingredients that are missing Fortify barrier repair cream is a great example of such a moisturizer for treating dry skin conditions, containing the exact ration of lipids, ceramides, and cholesterol found naturally within your skin.
Best moisturizer for dehydrated skin
This article would not be complete, without touching upon those ingredients that help to replenish a dehydrated skin type.
Think hydration, hydration, hydration, it’s that simple folks.
The main role of humectants is to form hydrogen bonds containing molecules of water; essentially, they are designed to absorb water from the air. Sodium PCA, Hyaluronic acid, Glycerin, Sorbitol, and Urea are good examples of valuable humectants used in skincare.
We recommend layering, this will keep your skin well moisturised and hydrated, which is the key to returning your once dull, dry skin to a healthy, youthful glow.