Dry skin is one of the most difficult skin types to deal with. Applying moisturizer for dry skin is definitely necessary, but you must be wondering which moisturizer is best for you. There are many options to choose from when it comes to moisturizers but it’s not always easy to end up with the right one that works well for dry skin. In this article, we will give you tips on how to choose the best moisturizer for dry skin.
Check its active ingredients
If you have very dry skin, to the point that it gets really rough, patchy and itchy, you should carefully consider your moisturizer’s list of ingredients. Opt for a thick, cream-based moisturizer to make sure it fully hydrates the skin from deep within. Here are some natural hydrating active ingredients that you should look for:
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Vegetable Glycerin
- Essential Oils (Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Green Tea Oil, Lavender Oil)
- Aloe Vera Extract
Avoid synthetic emollients
Dry skin tends to be very sensitive. When the skin lacks moisture, it also loses its protective barrier which often leads to irritation. As your the layer of your dry skin becomes cracked and patchy, it becomes more sensitive to certain chemicals that get in contact with it. As much as possible, avoid synthetic emollients that come in many moisturizers in the market. Synthetic emollients are chemical-based lubricants that only act as a slippery agent to artificially make the skin look hydrated. However, these synthetic emollients such as petrochemicals only clog the pores and aggravate irritated skin.
Consider the sensitivity of your skin
Dry skin may drag along a number of other underlying skin problems. Some of the most common skin problems that go with dry skin are early wrinkles, eczema and rosacea. According to California-based dermatologist Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD, "Go for hypoallergenic and fragrance-free formulas. In general, choose one that contains less than 10 ingredients."