This time of year can be tough on the skin. Dry weather leads to dry, flaky and sometimes irritated skin, impaired barrier function and exacerbated signs of aging. But improving skin hydration doesn’t mean applying an extra layer of moisturizer. More doesn’t always mean better. Instead, pay extra attention to what instead of how much. That means, keep a close eye on ingredient labels to make sure the products you’re using have the right ingredients to restore and maintain skin hydration. Here are five of our favorites.
Hydrate With These 5 Plant-Based Ingredients
1. Hyaluronic acid
You’d be hard-pressed to find a list of hydrating ingredients without hyaluronic acid on it—and for good reason. This super ingredient is one of the best when it comes to improving skin hydration, moisture retention and barrier function. Hyaluronic acid holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water and attracts moisture from the air and binds it to the skin.
For that reason, it works throughout the day to maintain hydration and plump fine lines. Sometimes called sodium hyaluronate, this ingredient is a hydration superhero. Try it in Daily Dose of Water™ Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum.
Another ingredient that has received increasing attention over recent years is squalane. This oil is naturally found in the body so it’s an ideal topical moisturizing ingredient as it works well with the body’s functions. In addition to being an impressive emollient, squalane is a natural antioxidant and skin detoxifier. Try it in Nourish Your Skin™ 100% Squalane Moisturizing Oil.
3. Mango butter
Coming from the seed of the mango fruit, mango butter is a rich ingredient akin to shea and cocoa butter. Mango butter is high in essential nourishing ingredients such as vitamins A, C and E, and omega fatty acids, so with consistent use it can help improve skin elasticity and reduce the signs of aging. It’s non-greasy and therefore appropriate for breakout-prone skin. Try it in Daily Fruit™ Antioxidant Moisturizing Mango Mask.
4. Jojoba seed oil
Derived from the jojoba plant that commonly grows in dry, desert climates, this oil can be used alone but also works well as one ingredient in a formulation. It’s often used as a carrier oil to amplify the effectiveness of other ingredients. As a hydrating ingredient, jojoba seed oil is a humectant that attracts moisture to the skin. This is an ideal hydrating ingredient for anyone with acne-prone skin as jojoba seed oil has the ability to kill some bacteria, is anti-inflammatory and noncomedogenic and assists in controlling sebum production. Try it in It’s Becoming™ Anti-Aging Concealing Moisturizer.
5. Vitamin E
Your skin benefits from the same essential vitamins and minerals that the rest of the body does. When applied topically, vitamin E, sometimes listed as tocopherol, assists in skin hydration and skin healing by improving barrier function. On a cellular level, vitamin E helps repair skin damage, whether that’s from sun exposure, scrapes or burns.
This ingredient is particularly great for use in harsh, cold climates where wind burns and skin chafing can occur. Try it in Healing Fine™ Barrier Ointment.
ClarityRx’s line of plant-based skincare products are designed to work with your skin’s natural functions to maintain healthy hydration levels, restore proper barrier function and give you a healthy glow.