Best Ingredients for Dry Skin

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Dry skin is a nuisance and is often difficult to work with. The products that you choose when you have dry skin can either aggravate your dry skin or they can add moisture and give you a glowing complexion. Knowing which ingredients are bad for dry skin (alcohol, fragrance, etc…) and which ingredients will heal dry skin allows you to select skincare products that will help rather than hurt your skin. Below, find out what the five best ingredients for dry skin are so you can look for these in ingredient lists of products.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is an incredible ingredient for dry skin because it goes beyond just adding moisture to your skin. This skincare ingredient is known as a humectant, which means that it draws moisture from the surrounding air and attracts this moisture to your skin. One of the reasons that hyaluronic acid is a superstar for dry skin is that the hyaluronic acid molecule is able to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, so your skin retains maximum moisture. After hyaluronic acid absorbs water, the molecule swells and gives the appearance of plump, healthy, radiant skin while it also minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Lactic Acid
Dry skin still needs exfoliation, but harsh or abrasive scrubs are definitely not what you want to be using to remove dead skin cells and debris. Lactic acid is amazing for dry skin because it not only adds moisture to your skin, it also exfoliates your skin in a super gentle fashion. If you thought that you needed to really feel harsh ingredients like pumice or apricot kernels to effectively exfoliate your skin, think again. Lactic acid exfoliates by dissolving your dead skin cells revealing newer, healthier skin. This method of exfoliation is so gentle, you won’t know that lactic acid is removing dead skin until you see the results of more radiant and healthier skin.

Aloe vera

Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is most widely known for its use as a sunburn treatment, but it is a powerful skincare ingredient if you have dry skin. When treating a sunburn, you want something that will calm and soothe the skin, and aloe vera is perfect for this purpose but it also increases the moisture level in your skin. If you have any redness or irritation with your dry skin, you should definitely look for skincare products that contain this ingredient because aloe vera soothes redness, inflammation and irritation. This skincare ingredient absorbs quickly into the skin and is perfect for not only dry skin, but acne-prone or sensitive skin as well.


Urea is without a doubt the most unappealing ingredient on this list, but don’t be scared off by the gross name. Synthetic urea is a top-cited ingredient by dermatologists because it is able to seriously exfoliate your skin, while also drawing moisture into your skin. Urea is such an effective exfoliant that dermatologists frequently recommend products containing this ingredient for super dry areas like elbows, hands, knees and feet. As urea exfoliates, other moisturizing ingredients are able to more fully and deeply penetrate your dry skin.

Glycerin soap

Glycerin is another powerful humectant that is a super beneficial ingredient if you have dry skin. Experts recommend using skincare products with glycerin immediately after showering, because the glycerin will be able to absorb the most water at this time. Some hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, are quite expensive and so products containing these ingredients can be a significant investment, or can have incredibly low concentrations of these ingredients to save money. However, glycerin is a less expensive option so manufacturers can use a lot without worrying about too high a price tag. Additionally, glycerin has a silky texture and allows you to apply makeup right away rather than having to wait for everything to sink into your skin.

Choosing quality skincare products with ingredients meant to target your specific skin care concerns can help you get the best skin of your life. In addition to using the above products, remember to wash with warm and not hot water, pat your skin dry after cleansing and apply your moisturizing products as quickly as possible after washing and bathing to help your skin more easily and fully absorb these amazing ingredients.

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