4 Ingredients to Moisturize Dry, Cracked Skin

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As we head into winter, you might find yourself experiencing dry, cracked skin thanks to cooler temperatures, dry air, and harsh winds. That’s why it’s important to prepare your skin now for the changing seasons, and that’s done with the right moisturizer. Even though it’s easy to just head to the drugstore and pick out the first moisturizer you see, understanding what ingredients to look for will help you make the smartest decision for your skin, and your wallet. 

Should You Moisturize?

Many people assume they don’t have to moisturize if they don’t have dry skin. Or those with oily skin are afraid that moisturizing will just make their skin oilier and break out more often. However, moisturizing is an essential part of your skincare routine no matter what your skin type is! 

Everyone will develop wrinkles at some point, but people who don’t moisturize are putting themselves at risk of developing more wrinkles down the line. If you have wrinkles already and aren’t moisturizing, you really aren’t doing yourself any favors. Dry skin will make wrinkles a lot more visible. When you moisturize, you’re plumping up your skin and smoothing the appearance of your wrinkles as a result. 

Obviously, no moisturizer is a miracle worker that will totally get rid of all your wrinkles overnight, but a quality moisturizer can help your skin look younger and makeup go on smoother! 

How to Moisturize Properly

Now that you know why to include moisturizing as part of your daily skincare routine, you might not be doing it properly. If you’re not moisturizing as soon as you get out of the shower -- you’re not doing it right!

The best way to apply moisturizer is to do so when your skin is still relatively damp from the shower. So once you finish bathing, make sure to gently pat (not rub) your face dry with a soft towel while still leaving some level of moisture on your face. This helps seal in the moisture in your skin, instead of compensating for the dryness from toweling off all the water on your body. 

If you really want to take your moisturizing game to the next level, you should consider using a different moisturizer at night. Your skin repairs itself during sleep and can benefit from an ultra-hydrating product. Nighttime moisturizers are usually thicker than moisturizers designed for daytime use, to give it the extra help it needs to heal and repair so that you wake up with an amazing glow. Night creams also don’t need to include SPF since you won’t undergo any sun exposure while the sun is down! On the other hand, SPF is a vital component of daytime moisturizers that are usually light and airy. 

Ingredients To Look For

Your moisturizer is only as good as the ingredients inside! Here are six of the most nourishing ingredients to look for:

Shea Butter

Shea butter is one of the best ingredients to have in a moisturizer. It is derived from shea tree nuts primarily in West Africa. Thanks to high levels of fatty acids and vitamins, shea butter easily soaks into your skin and can help make your face feel smoother. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, shea butter can help soothe your face and reduce redness and swelling. 

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is another valuable moisturizer ingredient. Cocoa butter comes from the cacao tree -- where chocolate comes from! However, the production and extraction processes of cocoa butter and chocolate are totally different. Cocoa butter consists of the vegetable fat from the beans. This fat is extremely beneficial for stretch marks, scars, and dry skin thanks to the tons of antioxidants. If both shea butter and cocoa butter sound super appealing to you, you can get the benefits of both of them at the same time thanks to WOW Skin Science’s Shea and Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Lotion for deep hydration. 

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid naturally exists in your skin, but its levels decrease as you age. Moisturizer with hyaluronic acid is a great way to supplement your body’s natural production and provide you with some extra hydration. Hyaluronic acid is able to hold 1,000 times its weight in water and draw tons of moisture into your skin. Therefore, hyaluronic acid is an essential moisturizer ingredient for young people who want to protect against signs of aging, as well as older people who want to minimize existing fine lines and wrinkles. 

Ceramides

Ceramides are lipids or fats that also exist naturally in your skin. However, your skin’s natural production of ceramides starts to decrease when you’re in your 30s. That’s why supplementing with a ceramide moisturizer is a great way to help your skin retain more moisture, decrease and prevent signs of aging, and even fight damage from pollution. 

How to Choose a Moisturizer?

When it comes to choosing a moisturizer, knowing what works for your skin type is important. Even though all skin types need to moisturize on a regular basis, moisturizing formulas for each skin type will differ. For example, people with normal/oily skin should use a lightweight moisturizer like WOW’s Coconut Milk and Argan Oil Lotion. On the other hand, people with dry skin should use a thicker, heavier moisturizer that will really penetrate into the skin and provide some much-needed moisture. 

It’s also a good idea to change your moisturizer with the seasons. In the summer, you should go with a light formula since your skin won’t need as much hydration thanks to higher levels of humidity in the air. In the winter, you should go with a heavier formula like a body butter to help protect your skin from the dry and harsh elements outside.

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As you can see, some of the best moisturizers include a combination of moisturizing agents derived from nature and naturally-occurring components of our skin that need to be supplemented as we age. Always make sure to buy your products from a reputable skincare company like WOW Skin Science that is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and sulfate-free. Good luck!

Sources:

  1. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/anti-aging/a35094/face-moisturizer-benefits/
  2. https://bellatory.com/skin/Buy-Night-Cream-Why-Should-You-Use-a-Night-Cream
  3. https://www.byrdie.com/ceramides-4693671

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