Moisturizing Ingredients You Need for Winter
One of the best (and easiest!) ways to keep dry skin at bay this winter is by moisturizing, day in and day out, with lotions, creams, butters, balms, and the like. Sure you can grab any old formula off the drugstore rack and hope for the best, but even better than that is to consult the ingredient list. After all, it is what is inside formulations that sets them apart from the rest. Don’t know what to look out for? No worries! Below, we share moisturizing ingredients in skin care products. Dare we say they’re the crème of the crop when it comes to hydrating your skin.
1. Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is hydration powerhouse thanks to its ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water. As a potent humectant, hyaluronic acid acts like a sponge that pulls water in and blankets it over your complexion. The result? Hydrated skin (duh) that boasts a plumped, younger-looking appearance.
Believe it or not, hyaluronic acid is a natural-occurring substance in our own bodies. As we age, however, it slows down its production, causing our skin to lose that plumped, youthful-looking appearance. In addition to its hydration benefits, incorporating products formulated with hyaluronic acid into our skin care routine can be useful to help combat the signs of aging skin. To learn more about the benefits of this moisturizing power player, read this!
Moisturizers Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel, L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler Daily Re-Volumizing Moisturizer
Another ingredient that acts like a humectant (similar to hyaluronic acid) to help attract and lock in moisture on the skin’s surface is glycerin. This skin-replenishing ingredient can be found in a plethora of moisturizers—hint: we list some below—and can help hydrate parched skin to leave it feeling soft and smooth.
Moisturizers Formulated with Glycerin: Garnier Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion SPF 15, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm
Ceramides are long chains of skin lipids that are part of the skin's outer layers. For this reason, ceramides are vital for helping to maintain and reinforce the skin’s natural moisture barrier. (Need a primer on the skin’s moisture barrier? Read this.) Slathering your skin with a product formulated with ceramides may help ensure that water and hydration stay on skin’s surface and environmental irritants and pollutants stay off.
Moisturizer Formulated with Ceramides: SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2
4. Essential Oils
Essential oils are all the rage right now and it’s easy to understand why. Plus, most of these essential fatty acids can absorb quickly on skin’s surface, providing ample moisture and smoothing effects on skin. Some of our favorites include coconut, argan, jojoba, apricot kernel, avocado, macadamia, kukui nut, marula, borage, rosehip, and calendula. You can opt to use oils on your skin on their own, or in tandem with other moisturizers.
Moisturizers Formulated with Essential Oils: Carol's Daughter Lavender Mint Foot Cream, Kiehl's Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist