Moisturising Ingredients for dry skin treatment

Do you suffer from Rhinoceros skin?

The type that gets scaly, dehydrated and flaky?

Then you don’t need me to tell you, how tricky a dry skin is to treat.

In the causes of dry skin, I discuss the three main factors that lead to this skin type: a lack of oil, moisture and the missing gene filaggrin.

How do I come to this conclusion?

Well if you look at moisturisers and the science of moisturisation in general, typically their ingredients fill one or more of the following three functions:

  • Occlusive
  • Emollient
  • Phospholipids
  • Ceramides

Your Dry Skin Treatment Guide

In this article, I discuss the best skincare routine for a dry skin.

But in order for you to become your own label detective, I’d like to discuss the ingredients you should look out for to relieve your dry skin conditions.

These ingredients work really well in a dry skin treatment, helping to give a product that immediate feel of moisturisation.

Emollients improve skin texture offering great slip, and they play an important role in binding desquamating corneocytes in the epidermis, filling in the gaps between the skin cells like mortar between bricks.

Occlusives form a film over your skins surface, creating a protective barrier and preventing TEWL.

Alpha hydroxy acid like glycolic has a very small structure, which allows it to absorb deep within the skins tissues, thus helping it to dissolve surface cells that have adhered to the skins surface, which can make the skin appear scaly and rough.

They work by dissolving these surface cells, encouraging stronger skin and improving the barrier function.

My philosophy is all about keeping inflammation out if the skin, so less is certianly best when using any type of AHA’S or exfoliation on the skin.

Now I believe Vaseline does deserve its own mention here, even if I get chastised.

When your skin is highly inflamed and your acid mantle is damaged beyond repair, Vaseline comes to the rescue every time, making it a perfect dry skin treatment.

Why? Because It’s the perfect dry skin treatment, it is water repellent and non water soluble, sealing in that much needed moisture, because it forms a hydrophobic film between the skins cells.

Now I am not suggesting that you rush out and buy vats of Vaseline, and use nothing else on your skin for the rest of your life.

But as a one off temporary fix, if your acid mantle has been so badly damaged your skin is burning and stinging, Vaseline is a good temporary measure for immediate relief.

It’s literally like putting a sheet of plastic over your skin, and it repairs the barrier function preventing evaporation from your skins surface.

Now please don’t confuse VASELINE with PETROLEUM JELLY which has different grades of purity, so how toxic your petroleum jelly products is you will never know.

Vaseline on the other hand is very refined, triple purified and is regarded a non carcinogenic by product.

Like the sound of what this product does, but looking for a natural alternative? Naturlene treatment balm is an innovative formula that can be used as little or as often as you want, to treat your dry skin concerns.

More ingredients for dry skin treatment

Dehydrated Skin

Dehydration does deserve it’s own mention here, although not to be confused with dry skin.

A dry skin lacks oil, a dehydrated skin lacks water, which is something I discuss in the article the clear skin difference, it begins with hydration.

These have a re-hydrating effect, attracting and holding water in the skins tissues, this they do by pulling water from the dermis to the epidermis, the skins outer layer.

So ideally a humectant will need to be combined with occlusive ingredients, which help to prevent trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) from the skins tissues.

2 thoughts on “Moisturising Ingredients for dry skin treatment

  1. Conrad Zimmerman says:


    Interesting article. I have had extremely dry skin most of my life and nothing works better than plain old Vaseline. It is ofcourse heavy so I only use it at night, a layer it all over my face, neck and decollete or just on the dry spots. I have tried most “Natural” alternatives coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sunflower, almond, sweet almond, camelia, rosehip, you name it I’ve tried it and I simple don’t believe there is anything more occlusive than Vaseline. Certainly Vaseline doesn’t contain any anti-oxidants or skin repairing ingredients however I find it just stays put and doesn’t fade away unlike most cream, lotions or “Natural” emollient plant oils.

    Is there any research to suggest that there is any other ingredient capable of surpassing the occlusive nature of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly?

    I’m surprised at your reaction to it being associated with Petroleum byproducts which I do agree it is, however from what I have read and heard, and also by law, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Paraffin etc are all highly refined for cosmetic use.

    I also believe since we have been using it for so long, it really is one of our oldest medicine cabinet staples, that we really should be seeing something now if it is as harmful as these “natural” hippies would have us believe.

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Your article made me review my post actually and I am suprised to date no one else has brought this up.

      But I am all about transparency in beauty and actually purified petroleum (which is a natural by product) used in the cosmetic industry does have it’s place in my opinion. Sometimes when my skin is burning like a belisha beacon and when nothing else will do, I have used purified vaseline which works as a fantastic occlusive helping to trap water into the top layers of the skin, I find it protects my skin until it heals, and I usually apply it at night.
      However in saying that, I am working on a natural vaseline which is giving me some really great results formulated with lovely butters and tamuna oil…

      There are however lots of reasons why I would not recommend this product to my clients on a permanent’s pore clogging, it doesn’t let the skin breathe, it traps dirt close to the skins tissues and you can never be sure of quality, because not all Vaseline products are created equally…..

      Thanks for your interesting comment and everyone is different soif it works for you, then stick with it!

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