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 is the right answer?
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 is a condition.
Dry skin: This is a lack of oil, that is characterised by fewer oil-producing glands on the face and the body.
Dry skin lacks oil because it produces less sebum than normal skin, would do, this means the skin is without its all-important lipids which are required to retain moisture and build a strong barrier function, in order 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. On the body, the common trouble areas include the inside of the arms, the neck, and thighs.
Dehydrated skin: Has a lack of water, not oil.
This is why in some cases you can have an oily complexion but still have dehydrated skin, it is caused by many factors 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 and 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
In order 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 for dry skin, they create a protective 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 ceramides and butter. Ceramide barrier repair balm is full of important emollients that help to rebuild an impaired skin.
Lipids have a protective role on the skin, helping to improve the barrier function, they 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 within the skin.
Best moisturizer for dehydrated skin
As we have discussed moisturisers for dry skin, this article would not be complete without touching upon those ingredients that will work to replenish dehydrated skin.
Think hydration, hydration, hydration, it’s that simple folks. 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, Sorbitol, and Urea are all 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 back to a healthy, youthful glow.