So you want to know how to find the best moisturizer for dry skin?
Let’s start at the beginning…
We’re all familiar with the signs… your skin is tight, itchy, flaky, sensitive, rough, and red.
It’s uncomfortable, unsightly, and occasionally unpredictable.
When the dry spell strikes, it leaves you desperate for some relief and fast.
Your skin is moisture deprived and begging for hydration, while simultaneously retaliating to any attempt at covering it up.
You strategically apply your makeup with a gentle touch yet it’s literally falling off as fast as you’re trying to put it on.
The finished product looks like a highly contoured Humpty Dumpty that someone forgot to properly put back together again.
Masking it obviously doesn’t help, so the only solution is to treat and prevent whenever possible.
The overall answer to this pesky problem is rather simple: moisturize.
It can be that simple. We need to moisturize our parched and protesting skin.
But it’s not as mindless as slathering on any old moisturizer or packing on an inch of petroleum at night.
Dry skin entails a little extra attention and delicate care.
Let’s think of it as our slightly diva dry skin.
Don’t worry, it’s nothing crazy to solve, it just needs a dose of the right ingredients.
Just as we check the ingredients in our foods, we should do the same with our moisturizers.
I’m not saying you need to be an expert, but simply knowing which ingredients to look for (and to avoid) will do wonders for your skin.
We’ve taken it a step further for you and compiled a list of the most beneficial ingredients to help soothe and prevent dry skin.
The Best Moisturizer Ingredients For Dry Skin
As we just mentioned, the right moisturizer will contain certain ingredients while abstaining from others.
Dry skin is particularly delicate and sensitive.
This means that some things will exacerbate the problem, irritate the skin, and increase the loss of oil.
Here are ingredients to avoid:
- Specially denatured (SD) alcohol
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Sodium laureth sulfate
- Salicylic acid
- Willow bark (natural version of salicylic acid)
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- Fragrance/parfum (such as peppermint, menthol, mint, citrus, eucalyptus)
And don’t forget chemical preservatives and parabens like:
- Chemical preservatives/Parabens*
Natural alternatives to chemical preservatives in moisturizers can be citric acid, alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), lemon, honey, sugar, rosemary extract, grapefruit seed extract, and neem oil.
Some of the ingredients like Salicylic acid, Willow bark, Benzoyl Peroxide, and Retinoids work very well for other skin types, such as oily or acne prone.
However, they may be too harsh for particularly dry skin.
If you want to try a moisturizer that includes some of these ingredients, first spot check on a small portion of skin to see how your skin reacts.
Also, don’t use these products everyday.
Now it’s time to look at the ingredients we want in a valuable dry skin moisturizer.
Here are the best ingredients to include:
1. Olive Oil
Olive oil is a great all-around moisturizer, especially for those with very dry skin.
Mediterranean women have utilized it for centuries as a natural, intensely hydrating moisturizer.
This oil contains high amounts of vitamin E and fatty acids, which improve the hydration, durability, and elasticity of skin.
It’s well absorbed into the skin because it’s similar to the oils that we naturally produce.
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants that help protect your skin from sunlight damage and free radicals.