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Dry Skin Moisturizers Basic Knowledge 101

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2

The Dry Skin Moisturizer Play Book

The Five Ingredient Search for the Best Dry Skin Moisturizer

Moisturizer making the claim of greatness abound.  The multi-sized and many-shaped containers of typically white cream line the pharmacy, make-up counters at department stores, and mega-mart shelves.  Prices range from doable to incredibly over the top.  Beyond that and even better yet, home remedies take the spotlight as possibilities in online articles.  Olive Oil, mayonnaise, avocado, petroleum jelly, and baking soda star in t

Moisturizers of All Shapes and Sizes
hese written jewels of wisdom.

What in the world is a buyer with red, dry, and itchy skin to do?  Take a break for a bit of dry skin moisturizer knowledge.   Although the home remedies have merits according to a group of fans of each, the wise consumer knows that a really good moisturizer has five types of elements, not one.  Awareness of the need for these five types of ingredients helps in the quest for the best moisturizer for the money.  Believe it or not, over 50,000 ingredients grace the list of what can go into a moisturizer, and they all help moisturize.  

The Makeup of a Great Moisturizer

First, a NMF, natural moisturizing factor, is needed.  This key ingredient repairs the skin’s connective tissue, acts as a water-binding agent, and mimics the structure and function of healthy skin.  The NMF ingredients keep water in the skin.  

Secondly, look for humectants which are related to NMFs.  Unlike a natural moisturizing factor, humectants draw moisture to the skin but do not keep it there.  Healthy skin does not necessarily need the humectants, but skin dried out by the sun or heating does.  Keep in mind that humectants without a NMF are useless. Why get the moisture to the skin of there is no provision for keeping that moisture there? Humectants are many in number, but one ubiquitous to ingredient lists in so many products is glycerin.  In fact, I have a friend who launches into long explanations when asked about the occupation of her husband.  He runs a business importing glycerin to the United States.  She told everyone listening to check out the bottles of almost every liquid soap or moisturizing item purchased.  Included in that list were shampoos, moisturizers, make-up, etc.  Glycerin is an ingredient in them all!

Then, antioxidants play a key role.  They are often seen as a panacea as they help avoid future damage by the sun and repair damage already notable.  A few antioxidants common in moisturizer include vitamin a, vitamin c, vitamin e, CQ10, and alpha-lipoic acid. 

Next, look for an anti-inflammatory element.  Some skin products tingle on the skin

What IS in that Moisturizer?
when applied.  Those are irritants.  Look for moisturizers that heal but that are without a tingle.   

Lastly, a good lubricant or emollient is needed.  Lanolin is the ingredient in this class that most resembles the human skin.  Others are plant oils, olive oil, shea or cocoa butter, petrolatum, emu or mink oil, and cholesterol. Yes, when applied to the skin, cholesterol is a good thing! Note that many of these items are found in the home remedy suggested items.  All give a good, silky, smooth feel to a moisturizer.  

Yes, the best moisturizer ingredient list will encompass these five elements; NMF, humectants, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and emollient.  There is no one size fits all for moisturizer.  Personal preference for how a cream feels on the skin is important.  Go to the favored retailer armed with the knowledge of ingredients and have fun searching.


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Comments

Nov 9, 2011 1:02am
LLWoodard
Good information to know, especially now that the heat in homes is turned on and skin dries so quickly.
Nov 20, 2011 8:59am
kbuzz
Hi there, L.L.Woodard! Thanks for the comment. Yes indeed, winter brings on its own set of troubles on the dry skin front. Hope the info helps.
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