One of the easiest ways to get glowing, healthy-looking skin is to make sure your skin is effectively moisturized.
First, know that there is a difference between moisturizing and hydrating ingredients. Hydrating ingredients add hydration and Moisturizing ingredients help keep that hydration in the skin. The right combination of hydrating and moisturizing ingredients for your skin will depend on your skin type and the concerns you’re trying to address. Skin that tends to be dry will likely need both hydrating and moisturizing ingredients, whereas with oily skin, more occlusive moisturizing ingredients may cause breakouts.
To help you figure out what to look for, we’ve collected the top 5 most common moisturizing and hydrating skin-care ingredients out there.
- Hyaluronic acid
It’s estimated that hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. It’s present in all kinds of skin-care products, and dermatologists frequently recommend that basically all skin types look out for it when in need of hydration. Because it’s present in your body naturally, it’s very unlikely to cause any sort of irritation.
- Fatty alcohols
People often think of alcohol as a drying, stinging ingredient, but not all alcohols are the same. Fatty alcohols like cetyl and stearyl alcohol can actually be moisturizing. Like hyaluronic acid, these ingredients are found naturally in the skin’s moisture barrier and help prevent water loss.
- CBD Oil
CBD has moisturizing properties that can help combat dehydration and dryness.
The advantage of CBD oil for topical use is its unique ability to help balance, hydrate, and regulate the skin’s oil production. CBD oil also has natural anti-inflammatory properties that allows for the healing of damaged areas for dry or damaged skin.
A type of fibrous protein derived from animals that acts as a water-binding agent to keep moisture locked into the skin. Topical collagen has not been found to encourage the body to produce more of its own collagen; however, ingestible collagen may increase skin elasticity
A naturally occurring component that gives skin its flexibility. When applied topically, it helps skin retain moisture but has not been shown to affect the skin's natural elastic production.
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