Formulating the Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin

Do you suffer from parched, dry skin, that feels like it is one size to small?

This is often referred to in dermatology as a lipid, dry skin.

It characteristically has small pores, which secrete only a minimal amount of oil (sebum).

Maybe frustrating flare up are a problem, therefore a formula without actives or fragrance is going to be the best choice.

The following article covers what you should be looking for, if you want to make dry skin a thing of the past.

The Role of Moisturizers

  • Protective
  • hydrating
  • Healing and repairing
  • Smoothing and softening

Are you Dry or Dehydrated?

There is often confusion around the role of humectants and moisturizing ingredients in skin care.

So I want to take a moment to review these two formulas:

The Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin

If you are a dry skin sufferer, there are certain ingredients you should look out for, that will bring you that much needed moisture relief.

The best moisturizers for a dry skin create an occlusive film over the skin, this is what improves the texture, giving the skin its soft, smooth feel.

Emollients help to keep the surface lubricated and protected, they include ingredients such as Silicones, Shea and Cocoa butter.

Lipids have a protective role on the skin, helping to improve the barrier function, they patch up gaps between the cell walls.

Many of my formulas contain skin identical ingredients that are missing.

Fortify barrier repair cream is a great example of a moisturizer for treating dry skin conditions, that contains lipids, ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids.

Best Moisturizer for dehydrated skin

This is where the confusion comes in.

A dry skin is a skin type that lacks oil, therefore the above ingredients are going to be the best choice.

However a dehydrated skin is a condition that lacks moisture, which is something I discuss in the article the clear skin difference.

If you have dehydrated skin, think  hydration, hydration, hydration, that’s right humectants are going to become your new best friend, because dehydrated skin loses its ability to hold water.

The main role of humectants is to form hydrogen bonds that contain molecules of water, essentially they are substances that are designed to absorb water from the air.

Sodium PCA, Hyaluronic acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol and Sorbitol, and Urea are all good examples of valuable humectants used in skin care.

Dry skin is a complex skin type, simply because there are so many conditions going on within the skin, therefore it does need to be treated with care.

I recommend layering, this will keep your skin well moisturised and hydrated, which is the key to returning your once dull, dry skin back to a healthy, youthful glow.

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