Not too many people are blessed with what the skincare and beauty industry deem “normal skin.” In fact, many of us struggle with pinpointing exactly what type of skin we have whether it is dry, oily, combination or some other amalgam of the three. We have different skin types for a large variety of reasons with some of the most common factors being the water level in the skin, oil production and how sensitive skin is to products. Dry skin is often characterized by:
- Minuscule, almost invisible, pores
- Dull skin
- Tight feeling (low elasticity)
- Rough patches (may be red at times)
- Increased number of fine lines and wrinkles
If this sounds like you, don’t worry; we have you covered. To keep your skin looking, and feeling, its best, we’ve rounded up three of the top ingredients to look for to soothe and hydrate your dry skin.
This one may seem totally out of place because it includes the word acid (yikes!) and it is often used in chemical peels or liquids to exfoliate the skin. Because dry skin tends to get rough or flaky, you need to be vigilant about removing dead skin cells and old skin. Glycolic acid is a very gentle exfoliant, and depending upon the concentration in the formula, may be something you are able to use daily. Glycolic acid goes further than merely eliminating dead skin cells, it also helps your skin to attract moisture throughout the day, keeping it more hydrated.
The most popular ingredients in skin care products change all of the time. One minute, you need to be using aloe vera and the next minute it’s something else. Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that has had a lot of hype surrounding it recently, but that is because it lives up to the excitement. A common problem with dry skin is not just that the skin is lacking moisture, but that the skin’s barrier response is weakened meaning your skin cannot heal and protect itself. Hyaluronic acid not only provides your skin with moisture, but it increases the ability of your skin to properly protect itself. Additionally, hyaluronic acid is an amazing ingredient that retains moisture, which is super beneficial to those with dry skin because it adds moisture to the skin, and holds it there for long periods of time. A bonus to using hyaluronic acid is that it plumps up the skin, significantly decreasing the appearance of fine lines.
Antioxidants are either natural or synthetic ingredients that protect against and prevent free radical damage. Dry skin is the result of your skin’s outer layers losing their ability to retain moisture; a decreased barrier response. Antioxidants are able to help repair damage to the skin’s outer layers while also reducing inflammation and irritation. There are numerous antioxidants, and using just one or two probably isn’t going to fix your problems. What you want to look for is a product that contains a potent blend of antioxidants, like Vine Vera skin care, because ingredients like vitamin A, C and E work best when combined with other antioxidants such as green tea or resveratrol. In addition to looking for a great blend of antioxidants, pay attention to the packaging. Most antioxidants are not stable elements, meaning that they break down and lose effectiveness when exposed to light or air. Look for quality packaging that is opaque and that is airt tight.
The most normal response to dry skin is to simply slap some serious moisturizer on your face and be on your way. If only treating your skin was that easy. Instead of just covering the problem, take the time to find and invest in products that contain the above ingredients. These ingredients are not just a quick-fix, though they do work fast; they are the ingredients that will help your skin’s barrier response heal and strengthen, leading to more hydrated and beautiful skin.