The Ultimate Moisturizer For Dry Skin

As the temperature begins to drop, we start to feel the effects on our skin: dry, scaly, flaky, itchy, and it may appear dull. When it’s cold outside with low humidity, we lose water from our body. Our skin's primary role is for temperature regulation; and it’s accomplished through the interaction of the various fatty acids, lipids, triglycerides, and sweat glands. In addition, frequent showers may remove a layer of lipids that contains oil that protects our skin. It’s all about barrier function and physiology of the skin.

In order to help our skin, we need to replenish the supply of lipids and restore the normal skin barrier function leaving it soft, smooth, and well hydrated. Ingredients like shea butter, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone and mineral oil help hydrate the skin by keeping the moisture sealed in. Be sure to apply your moisturizer after showering, while skin is still damp, for maximum benefit.

These are all great for the body; however, when considering a moisturizer for the face, it all depends on your skin type. For example, those who are oily or acne prone, should reach for one that is lighter and mineral oil & shea butter-free.

In addition, even though the sun is not as bright and the temperature is lower, don’t forget to choose a moisturizer that has a broad spectrum UVA and UVB.

Lastly, some patches of dry skin may be evidence of dermatologic conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. If topicals are not improving the dryness, a consultation by your dermatologist would be recommended.









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