Dry skin

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When skin feels dry, tight, looks dull, or starts flaking, it means that the skin barrier is in trouble.

Skin barrier is the very top layer of the skin. It is like a brick-and-mortar wall: dead skin cells serve as "bricks" held together by a "mortar" made of skin lipids and water-loving substances. This "wall" serves two main functions. It protects the skin (together with the rest of our body) from outside pollutants. It also does not let too much water evaporate from our body.

If there is not enough of any of the components of the "wall", it becomes weak. This situation feels to us like "dry skin". The solution is to replenish what's missing. There might be a problem with the "bricks" (aka dead skin cells). This is usually the case when we exfoliate too much. Stoping it gets skin a chance to thicken its "wall". There also might be not enough skin lipids. Then, the main solution is to cleanse more gently and less often. (Cleansing always strips some of the natural lipids away from the skin). Finally, there might be not enough of the water-loving substance in the skin "wall". In this case, we can add water-loving compounds with a moisturizer.

In practice, if your skin is dry, it makes sense to put in practice all the three solutions at the same time:

  1. use a moisturizer

  2. exfoliate less

  3. use a gentle product for cleansing no more than twice, better yet once per day.

Strengths of the "skin wall" depends on all the three components. If one is lacking, the other two start to suffer as well. For example, if you do not have enough "bricks", more water evaporates from the skin, leaving you feel tight and dry.

Despite what the beauty marketing has told you, you do not have to use a separate moisturizing serum. A moisturizer is enough. If you like a moisturizing serum, we recommend to follow it up with a lotion or cream to help "seal in" the moisture.

A good moisturizer includes emollients & occlusives (for example, oils, butters, or silicones), and water-loving compounds like glycerin or hyaluronic acid. You need this combination for counteracting skin dryness. Only one of those two on its own is usually not enough. This is why we recommend to use a hydrating serum if you are a fan of skincare oils (and do not use a moisturizer). Extra active ingredients like ceramides, peptides, or niacinamide help strengthen your skin barrier even more.

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Best ingredients for dry skin

GLYCERIN


Works for
  • Moisturizing
Irritancy risk
LOW

Appears on 1 avoid lists
Included in 1575 skincare routines

Summary

One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant

SODIUM HYALURONATE


Works for
  • Moisturizing
Irritancy risk
LOW

Appears on 5 avoid lists
Included in 1174 skincare routines

Summary

One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin

DIMETHICONE


Works for
  • Moisturizing
  • Mattifying
Irritancy risk
LOW

Appears on 10 avoid lists
Included in 1077 skincare routines

Summary

A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish

CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE


Works for
  • Moisturizing
Irritancy risk
MEDIUM

Appears on 5 avoid lists
Included in 1049 skincare routines

Summary

A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin

NIACINAMIDE


Works for
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Reduces irritation
  • Reduces redness
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial
Irritancy risk
LOW

Appears on 3 avoid lists
Included in 1002 skincare routines

Summary

Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture

PANTHENOL


Works for
  • Moisturizing
  • Reduces redness
  • Reduces irritation
Irritancy risk
LOW

Appears on 0 avoid lists
Included in 981 skincare routines

Summary

Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function

SQUALANE


Works for
  • Moisturizing
Irritancy risk
LOW

Appears on 4 avoid lists
Included in 678 skincare routines

Summary

An oil naturally present in skin. Works as an emollient to soften the skin and form a protective layer on its surface without a greasy feeling.

ALLANTOIN


Works for
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-blemish
  • Reduces redness
  • Reduces irritation
  • Exfoliation
Irritancy risk
LOW

Appears on 0 avoid lists
Included in 666 skincare routines

Summary

Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated

CHOLESTEROL


Works for
  • Moisturizing
  • Cleansing
Irritancy risk
LOW

Appears on 0 avoid lists
Included in 579 skincare routines

Summary

An emollient that is naturally found in skin

CERAMIDE NP


Works for
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Reduces irritation
Irritancy risk
LOW

Appears on 0 avoid lists
Included in 570 skincare routines

Summary

A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin

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