Best Skincare Ingredients for Dry Skin

Monday, 29 February 2016

Dry skin is a tricky beast; it gets you when you least expect it and can be an absolute nightmare to treat. With an absolute inundation of 'hydrating', 'moisturising', and 'nourishing' products on the market, it can be really hard to know what to look for. With a little bit of info, though, you can decipher those ingredients lists and make some informed decisions about your skincare purchases.
Hyaluronic Acid
This little ingredient had a rise to fame in about 2013 when it hit the drugstore market through Indeed Laboratories. It's highly recommended for dry or dehydrated skin because 1 gram of the stuff can hold 6 litres of water which gives another meaning packing a punch of hydration. By using products that contain hyaluronic acid, you increase your skin's moisture levels but also strengthen the outer layer and add firmness to your skin. This is also excellent for ageing skin that is losing elasticity!

Organic Oils
Oils have pretty much always been active members of the avid skincare lover's routine but the last few years have seen their market really expand. Organic oils are excellent for providing hydration and antioxidants to the skin without too many added chemicals, preservatives, or fragrances that can irritate the skin. My favourites are rosehip oil (which is also very good for reducing pigmentation), jojoba oil, and argan oil (also known as Moroccan oil).

Glycolic or Lactic Acid
Dry skin can get really flakey and irritated when it wants to and sometimes a manual exfoliant can cause further irritation to otherwise inflamed skin. A loop hole to this is chemical exfoliants like glycolic and lactic acid which eat away at dead skin on the surface of the skin without the harsh rubbing (and sometimes tearing) that manual exfoliants provide. If you're trying to decide between the two, go for glycolic acid if you have sun damage and lactic acid if you have sensitive skin.

What kind of ingredients do you search out for treating your dry skin?

Do you have more oily skin? Check out the Best Skincare Ingredients for Oily Skin.

xx Julia

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