Dry skin is a common skin condition that can affect a variety of skin types, especially with seasonal changes in weather. Not only can dry, dehydrated skin be itchy and flaky, but it can also highlight signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. To help keep your skin smooth and soft all year-round, make sure you’re taking advantage of the most effective moisturizing ingredients in your skincare products.
Also called glycerol, glycerin is a natural component of lipids, or fats, making it an excellent moisturizing ingredient. In fact, one study published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology found that glycerin significantly improved cases of atopic dermatitis by providing vital hydration to the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the epidermis. This has been linked with an increase in barrier function and a reduction in inflammation, which is a root cause of many flaky, irritated skin conditions.
Ceramides & Fatty Acids
Ceramides and fatty acids are lipids that are naturally present in the skin and are necessary for retaining moisture. When used together, ceramides and fatty acids are very effective ingredients in skincare products to help rehydrate skin and improve the look and feel of skin texture for a smooth, radiant glow. The skinbetter science AlphaRet™ formula contains a lavish blend of moisturizing ingredients including ceramides and fatty acids to help provide deep hydration, in addition to a trilogy of skin-soothing ingredients for a sensation of calmness.
Hyaluronic acid is also a naturally-occurring substance in the skin, although its levels begin to decrease with age. As a result, utilizing this powerhouse anti-aging ingredient in skincare products and treatments can have a profound effect on the appearance of skin youthfulness. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to attract and retain moisture (Dermato-endocrinology), providing a stable structure and youthful plumpness in skin.
For these reasons, hyaluronic acid is the key ingredient of many popular injectable fillers to help smooth away the appearance of lines and wrinkles and to provide fullness in place of lost facial volume. These molecules, however, are typically too large to penetrate the skin barrier, making them ineffective as a topical treatment…until now. Skinbetter science Intensive Treatment LINES utilizes revolutionary InterFuse™ technology to deliver high molecular weight, injectable-grade hyaluronic acid deeper and faster for skin re-texturization.
This formula also contains four additional types of hyaluronic acid of varying molecular weights to help bind water to the surface to plump and fill in the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Lactic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that can help to exfoliate and hydrate skin. While other AHAs may have a drying effect, lactic acid is unique in its ability to both sweep away dirt and debris from the surface of the skin and moisturize at the same time.
Skinbetter science’s revolutionary and proprietary AlphaRet™ formula combines a retinoid with lactic acid to create a double conjugated retinoid. The result is an anti-aging formula that can help to diminish the look and feel of lines and wrinkles without causing irritation.
Also called jojoba wax or jojoba oil, jojoba esters are an excellent moisturizing ingredient because of how molecularly similar it is to the sebum naturally produced by human skin. As a result, this ingredient won’t clog your pores or cause irritation, yet it can provide deep moisture directly where the skin needs it the most.
You can find jojoba esters in anti-aging products like skinbetter science Daily Treatment Cream EYE, which also contains a potent blend of peptides, vitamin C, caffeine and other gentle, lavish ingredients to help smooth away the appearance of crow’s feet and under eye circles and puffiness.
If you’ve ever used aloe to help alleviate a painful sunburn, that’s because it can help to protect and rehydrate the skin. Aloe has also been linked with an improved appearance of facial lines and wrinkles because of its antioxidant properties that may help the skin to rejuvenate itself (The Dermatology Review).
Aloe provides soothing moisture in the InvisiLift™ Lifting Experience 3-minute mask formula, which provides a temporary lifting effect for a smoother, more youthful appearance that can last up to 12 hours.
A Concluding Note
Although every skin type and condition will require varying degrees of moisturization, keeping your skin hydrated is a crucial step towards maintaining a youthful and healthy-looking complexion. For the most comprehensive approach to skin hydration, drink plenty of water and introduce a few of the most effective topical moisturizing ingredients to your regular skincare routine.