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5 Ingredients to relieve dry skin

Words: Emmy Schofield | Pictures: Thinkstock

July 30, 2013

Are you a completely over dry, dull skin? (Who isn’t!?) To help combat that tight, dull feeling we’ve complied a list of the five best ingredients for dry skin. These little miracle workers will have your skin soft and supple in no time – regardless of what the weather throws at you!

UREA
What is it? It occurs naturally in the body, helps protein synthesis and supplies essential nitrogen.
Why do I need it? It reduces the amount of water that is lost through the epidermis, helps bind moisture within the skin, enhances the skin’s barrier function, and helps other products penetrate more effectively.
Where do I find it? Eucerin Complete Repair Intensive Lotion (R140)

HYALURONIC ACID
What is it? A moisturiser that occurs naturally in the body and can can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water.
Why do I need it? Besides its ability to hold a serious amount of moisture within the skin (helping elasticity), it also helps to repair and protect the skin from further damage. As we age, our natural levels of hyaluronic acid depletes, so we need to top it up.
Where do I find it? Clarins Hydra Quench Cream-Gel (R495).
 


SQUALANE

What is it? An oily molecule found in olive oil, wheat germ oil, rice bran oil, and sometimes shark liver (so always check the label).
Why do I need it? It’s a super-lubricant that softens and smoothes the skin.
Where do I find it? Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream (R320)

 

SHEA BUTTER
What is it? A natural fat that that is extracted from the Shea Tree and used as an emollient.
Why do I need it? It deeply moisturises the skin while creating a super-effective barrier against environmental damage, giving the skin time to repair itself.
Where do I find it? Palmers Shea Butter Formula Body Butter (R65).
 
 

GLYCERIN
What is it? A sugar alcohol that can be extracted from natural sources, but most commonly is created through synthetic processes.
Why do I need it? It’s a great humectant suitable for sensitive skins.

Where do I find it? Gatineau Aquamemory Moisture Replenish Cream (R550).


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Emmy is the daughter of a sailor, animal loving, coffee addicted, beauty product junkie editor of rouge.co.za

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