There are many moisturizers for dry skin that have been produced and perfected over many years by the cosmetics industry. And all with a view to helping you meet the needs of changing skin on your face and neck, hands and arms. And doubtless, we’ve all heard the list of skin ‘dangers’ that we’re up against. Aging, the sun, smoking, eating badly and the icing on the cake, a reduction in our estrogen levels. Our skin is up against a lot wouldn’t you say?
We’ve chatted elsewhere too about the changes that happen in our skin as we get older. In addition, I’ve also shared what I think is a useful variation on facial massage. So now, I thought that I’d talk here just a little bit about why you should pick two specific types of moisturizers for dry skin. Consider them your tools in the fight against wrinkles. And as any expert tradesperson knows, it’s always a good thing to know your tools. So yes, learning about the ‘tools’ and who should use them! Good focus right?
Knowing Which Facial Moisturizers For Dry Skin Are Best….
First of all, everyone who has skin should be using them. Even if you have oily skin, this recommendation applies to you! Cosmetic companies with excellent marketing programs have convinced us all that the place to start is the use of various soaps and astringents and alcohol based goodies. They do the trick of cleaning that nasty oil slick off your face and for a short while, your makeup looks fabulous and stays right where you put it.
The problem is that using that stuff over time, makes your skin respond by producing much more oil to make up for what you continually strip away. So it isn’t long before that lovely, fresh look that you spent time on achieving is starting to glisten again anyway. Glistening is not the look you were hoping for though is it? And while the clean effect might be only temporary, using harsh chemicals on your face can lead to damage on your skin. In addition, as we get older and our skin becomes more delicate , that damage can last longer and be harder to correct.
So for anyone who is still young enough to be dealing with oily skin, you should clean your face with a natural product. I’ve written a little piece that you can access here, to find out how I clean mine. Completely safe, 100% natural and available this minute in your kitchen! What could be better eh? Sorry, no hints on what it is, you’re going to have to check it out but you won’t be disappointed, I guarantee!
Finally, now that you’ve cleaned your skin, you can use a moisturizer and I’m going to suggest you chose a water based or gel moisturizer if you have oily skin or dry. And if you’ve finally moved past the ‘oily skin’ phase of life, I’d suggest the same water based moisturizer for dry skin to start with and then topping it off with something a little heavier and creamier to create a barrier against evaporation.
What are the components of moisturizers for dry skin that we should be using and why they do what they do?
The first thing you should know about are humectants and what their role in skin care products is. You’ve probably met up with humectants in other areas of your day to day. For example, if you buy a tub of protein powder, you’ll find the little packet inside that absorbs the moisture from the air, keeping your food product dry and safe to use. Or maybe you’ve recently bought a new camera and have noticed a little packet tucked in the box, also with the express purpose of keeping humidity away from your new toy. Those are little packages of a ‘humectant’.
Some Natural Humectants Are……
While an emollient cream will soothe and soften your skin and prevent water loss, there are several products in the ‘humectant’ line. Sorbitol, glycerin, urea, aloe vera…variously used in lotions and creams for this one reason. Humectants are tiny molecules that draw moisture to themselves and are ideal in moisturizers for dry skin.
Consequently when you smooth them on, they’re absorbed where they begin to attract moisture from both the atmosphere and from the deep down layers of your skin, all of which is going to make your outer, visible skin very happy. It may even ‘glow’ in response to your kindness and isn’t that what we’re all looking for? No glisten, just glow!
In addition to moisturizers for dry skin, humectants are used in other products including hair conditioners, body cleansers, eye and lip care products. An example of natural humectants that are derived from plants would be aloe vera or glycerine.
An Example of The Benefits of One Natural Humectant…
Glycerine’s many benefits for example, include:
- Maintaining water levels in your skin, keeping it soft and supple and preventing that scaly looking, dry skin that might make you feel sometimes, like you’re all costumed up for a remake of Godzilla and itchy everywhere!
- It also helps protect your skin’s collagen levels and enhances the healing process.
- Anti-aging effect because it protects the collagen in your skin (which helps to keep your aging skin from sagging)
- It’s a natural exfoliant that encourages the breakdown of the dead skin cells at the surface.
- Absorbs water from the air, to further support your skin’s moisture levels. This of course, justifies it’s use in various types of moisturizers for dry skin.
- Helps fight some skin conditions like psoriasis by causing those problem areas to slow down in the aging process of the cells that results in the development of thickened and scaly skin plaques.
Then there’s another item that I’m sure you’ve heard advertised, called Hyaluronic acid. This compound is a natural humectant product that actually occurs in your own body and in many fruits and other plants. You might even have heard of expensive cosmetic brands advertising this as one of their key ingredients. And one more natural compound that’s also found in various plant foods is alpha hydroxy acid. That too, is something you’ll see being advertised in cosmetics.
While there are synthetic products available, I always think that it’s best to stay as natural as possible. Go plant based when it comes to anything that you’re going to slather on your skin. Look for moisturizers for dry skin that contain glycerine, sorbitol, urea, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid or alpha hydroxy acid.
A Good Source for Info….
The Well Blog is a great site to search out which products contain any of the aforementioned goodies. Just click on one of the items and its page will open up. There you can read about them, including some of their key ingredients. This is a website that I highly recommend. If I can’t find things I need in the store, it’s often available at The Well. I’ve also found their delivery time is excellent. You can even send little parcels as gifts to a friend and for a fee, they’ll wrap it as a gift with a little message from you.
There is some thinking that in a very dry environment, humectants can actually pull too much moisture from the deep layers of your skin. To get around that issue, making use of a heavier cream moisturizer, called an occlusive, on top can be a barrier to outside evaporation. Thus the humectant pulls the abundant moisture of the lower layers up to the surface where you’ll see the benefits. Some products apparently contain both a humectant as well as the protective cream product which makes them very easy to use. Examples of an straight occlusive might be petroleum jelly, mineral oil, shea butter, coconut oil or olive oil.
So there you have it, the Moisturizers for Dry Skin 101! Humectants to draw moisture into the skin on your face and occlusives to keep it there. I hope that you found this as interesting as I did. It seems not a day goes by that I’m not marvelling at some new tidbit of information. Most noteworthy today has been getting to understand my own skin just a little more! And if you’ve found it interesting too, or have something to add, I would love to hear from you! So don’t be afraid to comment okay?
Love to you all and have a great day, wherever you are!
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