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Ingredients to Help With Dry, Flaky Skin

Dry, flaky skin is the last accessory you want for your holiday parties but when the temperature drops your skin often reacts by losing moisture. There is less moisture in the air and you’re constantly going in between extreme temperatures from hot to cold and back again. Even if you don’t have dry skin to begin with you, you may find yourself experiencing rough, flaky patches of skin. The following four ingredients hydrate, exfoliate and keep your skin looking smooth and healthy.

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AHA/ BHA
Exfoliating your skin may be the last thing on your mind when you are experiencing flaky skin, but it is important to do so. Scrubs can be too harsh on dry skin, but using gentle alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliates your skin without being too rough. Two great AHAs for dry and flaky skin are glycolic and lactic acids. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and has a bit more potency than lactic acid. Lactic acid can come from plant sources, but most commonly it is a by-product of sour milk. Both of these acids reduce the bonds that hold dead skin cells to your skin, but glycolic acid is a smaller molecule, which means that it can penetrate your skin more deeply and help stimulate collagen production. Salicylic acid, or BHA, is another chemical exfoliant that encourages cell turnover and regeneration and is typically suggested for those with oily or acne-prone skin.

Hyaluronic Acid
Like glycerin, hyaluronic acid is a humectant that draws moisture from the air to your face. Hyaluronic acid is one of the greatest hydrating ingredients because it can hold roughly 1,000 times its weight in water. Like glycerin, hyaluronic acid adds moisture while also preventing loss of hydration by enhancing your skin’s barrier function. Hyaluronic acid not only helps your skin feel more hydrated, but it makes your skin appear more plump and supple.

Glycerin soap.

Glycerin
Glycerin is a superstar for skin that is dry or flaking because it is able to attract moisture to your skin and keep it there. Glycerin hydrates your skin in addition to filling in any gaps in your skin’s barrier, through which moisture can leave your skin. This barrier serves as protection not only against future moisture loss, but also to keep environmental pollutants or irritants from damaging your skin.

Squalane
Squalane is an oil that occurs naturally in your body and is also present in the livers of certain sharks and olive oil. Although squalane is produced by your body, the amount produced slows as you age with a significant drop occurring after age thirty. Squalane is thought to be particularly beneficial for restoring your skin’s proper balance of oils and moisture because it creates a barrier between your skin and the environment, keeping good things in while keeping bad things out. This oil does not have the traditional oily feel and is non-comedogenic, meaning that it won’t clog your pores. Squalane is non-irritating, making it safe for sensitive skin, but it also works well for acne-prone skin as it is thought to have antibacterial properties and can help soothe redness and inflammation while protecting against peeling and flaking.

While dry, flaky skin in the winter is a common occurrence, it is still incredibly frustrating to deal with. A consistent skin-care routine that uses a combination of hydrating ingredients is your best defense against problematic winter skin. Our four favorite skin-care ingredients for dry, flakey skin work to remove dead skin, add hydration and lock moisture into your skin.

Top Ingredients for Dry Skin

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.

Woman making pineapple juice.

Glycolic Acid
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.

Hyaluronic Acid
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.

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Antioxidants
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.