Oil, Glycerin, Squalane? We Explain The Products That Keep Your Skin From Drying Out
Vitamins, acids, oils, and a bunch of things we barely know how to pronounce. These ingredients are printed on the labels of our beauty products all the time, but do we really know what they are? What they are doing for our skin? With autumn arriving and the weather drying up, so does our skin. Here are the ingredients you should be looking to start include into your routine and why you shouldn’t be scared of them.
Everywhere you turn it seems like there is a new beauty oil being introduced and it’s important to keep in mind factors like how comedogenic (how likely it is to clog your pores) an oil is, the things you are trying to treat, and the ease of incorporating them into your routine. Oils are great for all skin types (even oily ones!) because they regulate the production of your faces natural oils or sebum, and are an easy way to add moisture back into your skin, softening the appearance of fine lines, and are typically loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. While you can definitely smooth on a few drops before moisturizing or mix a couple drops into your moisturizer to boost it, an easy way to add beauty oils into your regimen is to choose products with them in the formulation. NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly has Sun Flower Seed oil to nourish and protect your skin while still cleaning out all the grime from the day. Typical face washes can strip your skin of its moisture through harsh foams and cleansers, but sticking to a gentle cleanser like this one will keep you from getting flaky and irritated as it gets colder and drier out. If the idea of slathering oil on your face seems daunting, using something like Charlotte’s Magic Cream, a rich moisturizer that already has Rose Hip, an oil that is known for its hydrating and brightening properties (Miranda Kerr swears by it) can be a way to get the benefits without the fear of looking like an oil slick. It also has a slew of other ingredients like rose water, Aloe Vera, and vitamin C that keep your skin looking plump and smooth.
Glycerin is considered a humectant, meaning it attracts water, and when added to your beauty routine pulls moisture into your skin. It rehydrates the surface of your skin and can help your skin from looking dull and tired. Glycerin sometimes is listed as Glycerol, and is common in a ton of skincare products. Besides being one of the best moisturizing agents out there, Glycerin can also help smooth your skin, relieve redness from irritation and promote healing of chapped skin. Since it strengthens your outer layer of skin as well, helping protect against pollutants in the air. BioRepublic Cucumber Breeze Soothing Sheet Mask is a luxurious way to put back hydration into your skin. It’s a sheet mask, meaning a fiber sheet with eye, nose, and mouth holes is saturated with, and you just lay it over your face for 15-20 minutes while your skin absorbs all the benefits. There’s no need to rinse it off either, so your skin continues puling moisture into self, long after you’ve taken the sheet mask off. A hydrating mask is the perfect thing when your skin is looking a little sluggish and you need a boost, like right before a date or party.
When you think of acids, you probably think of harsh chemicals that would probably burn your face off and that there is no way you would put an acid anywhere near your delicate skin. That’s quite the opposite though; the right type of acid might just be what your skin needs to look its best. Acids like linolenic and hyaluronic actually support the regeneration and strength of your skin, improving its overall health. Linolenic acid is a fatty acid, can be found in safflower, sunflower, and hemp oil just to name a few, and is majorly helpful in aiding healing. Whether is acne or something like eczema , linolenic acid has anti-imflammatory properties that can calm and jump start healing. If you have concerns like dark spots or dullness, this could be the cure you need. A lighter option as far as moisturizers go, Equitance Hydrating Brightening Cream feels lightweight but doesn’t skimp on moisture. Linolenic acid extracted from safflower oil, shea butter, and yogurt extract all help to brighten your complexion and promote the fading of acne scars you may have while softening and balancing.
If dryness is your main concern, glycerin can help attract moisture into your skin, but hyaluronic acid is really the MVP when it comes to retaining it. Hyaluronic acid can hold more than 1,000 times its weight in water, and can combat problems like dryness, fine lines, and sagging. By holding onto moisture, hyaluronic acid plumps the skin and gives it that bouncy dewy look we all crave. One of the main places that easily become dry and irritated is the delicate skin around the eyes. The skin here is thinner and is one of the first places to show signs of aging. KB5 Eye Recovery Masks uses hyaluronic acid derived from botanical sources to soothe your tired eyes, helping with inflammation, hydrates to keep wrinkles at bay, while fading discoloration like dark circles. These masks will make you look fresh and awake even when you’ve had a rough night.
Squalane occurs naturally in our bodies and protects the skin from UV rays and free radicals, and is a non-comedonal (it doesn’t cause acne) moisturizer. It’s actually one of the most quickly absorbed moisturizers which makes it perfect if you don’t like the tacky feeling that some products might have before they fully absorb. Squalane also has antibacterial properties and can help with acne, without the stinging and redness some harsher acne treatments can leave you with. Looking for a product with squalane like Airelle Skincare Intense Hydrating Repair Complex, can not only help improve the texture of your skin and how it looks, but make sure that you are combatting the effects of damaging UV rays and the breakdown of collagen. Coupled with ingredients like Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, Airelle Skincare’s Intense Hydrating Repair Complex is a great defense against these environmental pollutants, but also gentle enough for the most sensitive skin.
Even though it may seem like there is a miracle ingredient for every concern, prevention is always key! We all know the risks of sun exposure like skin cancer and how it can wreak havoc on our complexions, so why even risk it. Using a good sunscreen in your skincare routine will save you a ton of heartache down the line. Obagi Sun protection has great options to prevent damage like sunburns, brown spots, increased skin cancer risk, and aging. Their products use protect against both UVA and UVB rays, and come in different formulations, including a matte finish sunscreen that works great under makeup. Hats and sunglasses can also offer protection from the sun, and remember to take precaution even on cloudy days!