4 Moisturizing Ingredients Your Skin Needs All Year, No Matter the Season
One of the best (and easiest!) ways to keep dry skin at bay this winter is by loading up on everything from hydrating serums and rich moisturizers to emollient creams and soothing lotions. While it may be easy to grab any old formula off the shelf, it’s important to take a look at the ingredient list. Key words like hyaluronic acid, ceramides and glycerin will ensure you’re using a hydrating, plumping and moisturizing formula that will help soothe and calm dry, itchy and irritated skin. To help get you started on navigating skin-care labels, we’re sharing the top moisturizing ingredients to look for, and some product recommendations, ahead.
Moisturizing Ingredient #1: Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a 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 that boasts a younger-looking appearance. Believe it or not, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies. As we age, however, it slows down its production, causing our skin to lose its plumped appearance. To hydrate our skin and combat the signs of aging, we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum or the CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Serum.
Moisturizing Ingredient #2: Glycerin
Glycerin, which acts as a humectant, attracts and locks in moisture on the skin’s surface. This skin-replenishing ingredient can be found in a plethora of moisturizers and can help hydrate parched skin to leave it feeling soft and smooth. We recommend the silky smooth Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Glow Liquid Moisturizer. If you’re searching for a retinol serum that isn’t too harsh, try the La Roche-Posay Retinol B3 Pure Retinol Serum, which contains glycerin to soothe the skin.
Moisturizing Ingredient #3: Ceramides
Ceramides are long chains of skin lipids that are part of your skin’s outer layers. For this reason, ceramides are vital for helping to maintain and reinforce the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Slathering your skin with a product like the Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 or the CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion will help ensure that water and hydration stay on skin’s surface.
Moisturizing Ingredient #4: Essential Oils
Essential oils are all the rage right now and it’s easy to understand why. Most of these essential fatty acids can absorb quickly on skin’s surface, providing ample moisture and smoothing effects. Some of our favorite essential oils include coconut, argan, jojoba, apricot kernel, avocado, macadamia, kukui nut, marula, borage, rosehip and calendula. We’ve been loving Kiehl's Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream which is formulated with lemon peel oil, geranium maculatum oil, chamomilla recutita flower oil and cymbopogon schoenanthus oil.