Hydration is linked to skin benefits such as barrier repair, treating hyperpigmentation and fines & wrinkles. In this post I break down some of the key ingredients to look out for, which are humectants/occlusives/emollients.
According to Self website; "Hydrating ingredients literally add hydration—water—into the skin. Moisturizing ingredients, on the other hand, help keep that hydration in the skin by preventing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), the process by which water evaporates from your skin."
All alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate and improve skin texture, but lactic acid helps improve the skin's natural moisture factor, or the way the skin keeps itself hydrated.
Glycerin is a humectant, meaning that it draws water to itself. Putting it on your skin helps draw water to the skin, improving hydration which helps especially in winter.
Ceramides are an important part of the stratum corneum, the skin’s natural protective barrier. They exist between your skin cells, helping to seal the barrier, which both keeps hydration in and keeps potential irritants out. This works well for sensitive eczema types.
Squalane is a compound made naturally in our skin—in our sebaceous (oil) glands, to be precise. Unlike sebum, squalane feels light on the skin and acts like an emollient, absorbing easily into your skin. Softening the skin, minimising dehydration.
Sodium Hyaluronate helps to restore the skin's moisture, promoting a more revitalized and youthful complexion. Sodium Hyaluronate is gentle enough for use on most skin types, including acne-prone types. Sodium Hyaluronate smoothes the appearance of wrinkles and improves the skin's texture.
Hyaluronic Acid; is a humectant that can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. This ingredient is popular because it’s present in your body naturally, it’s very unlikely to cause any sort of irritation. It's great for all skin types.
Which of these ingredients have you spotted in your skincare products, and which will you be adding to your routine going forward?
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