Winter is coming. For real though, winter is on its way and the transitional period is a great time to take a look at your skincare routine and ensure that you have products meant to moisturize your skin. If you aren’t sure exactly what ingredients you should be scanning labels for, Vine Vera put together a list of the four most beneficial ingredients for maximum moisture.
Ceramides are natural lipids and are a significant component of your skin’s structure. The entire function of ceramides is to retain moisture in the outer layer of skin, so that skin cells do not dry out. When your skin is lacking ceramides, it has trouble retaining moisture resulting in dry skin. Products containing ceramides restore the skin’s ability to retain moisture and are absorbed quickly into the skin so you can see results in a short period of time.
You’ve no doubt heard about this popular skincare ingredient, and there is a good reason: hyaluronic acid is incredible when it comes to adding moisture to your skin. Hyaluronic acid is a type of moisturizer known as a humectant. Humectants not only add moisture to skin, but they hold it in place for long periods of time. Hyaluronic acid absorbs water and keeps it in your skin to provide you skin with hydration long after applying a product. This ingredient is perfect for those with oily skin that gets dehydrated during cold temperatures and harsh weather. Using heavy products tends to increase oil production, but hyaluronic acid is great because it provides intense moisture, helps repair the skin’s barrier function and most importantly for oily skin, it is a lightweight moisturizer.
This alpha-hydroxy acid is not only a great moisturizer, it is also an incredibly gentle exfoliant. While using an exfoliant on dry skin may seem counter-intuitive, if the exfoliator is mild it can help to increase moisture levels in your skin. Exfoliating removes dry, dead skin cells and reveals newer, healthier skin that is better able to absorb moisture.
Although this common skin care ingredient has a pretty bad reputation, it is actually one of the best moisturizing ingredients available. The most frequently cited reasons for not using mineral oil are the thought that it’s comedogenic (causes breakouts) and that it’s a derivative of petroleum. Yes, mineral oil is a derivative of petroleum. However, there are different grades of mineral oil and the mineral oil found in cosmetics and skincare has been purified. Skincare experts sing praises of mineral oil saying that cosmetic-grade mineral oil is one of the most non-irritating, safest and most effective moisturizing ingredients. There is a caveat to using products with mineral oil: do not use anything containing mineral oil with a product that has comedogenic principles. Because mineral oil moisturizes skin so well, it may trap those pore-clogging ingredients in the same way it traps, and keeps, moisture in the skin.
Transitioning from summer to fall and fall to winter definitely takes a toll on your skin. The lowered moisture in the air and the amount of heat indoors combine to sap your skin out of moisture. By picking products that contain the most beneficial ingredients, you can combat dry skin easily.