Keeping your skin soft and supple, moisturized and conditioned, seems as easy as applying a daily moisturizer. But if you want to get the best results from your moisturizer, select a product that has at least one of these effective moisturizing agents listed near the top of the list of ingredients. In fact, having one of these ingredients listed immediately after the water (aqua or purified water) will ensure that your product is doing its job:
Glycerin – Glycerin is a humectant, which means it draws water from the air, into your skin. Because glycerin is heavy, it is most common in products for the body where it is more suited for application to the legs, arms, hands and other body parts that can handle the rich, heavy formula. Examples of rich body lotions that contain Glycerin are:
- Anthony’s Glycerin Hand and Body Lotion for Men
- Clearly Natural® Body Lotion Lavender Eucalyptus
- Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion
Hyaluronic Acid – This ingredient sounds scary, but hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin. Its job is to retain the moisture in your skin. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making this ingredient one of the most effective moisturizers. Products that contain dehydrated hyaluronic acid are designed to swell up once they are applied and can retain even more moisture in the skin. Usually designed for application to the face, examples of products with hyaluronic acid are:
Ceramides – These are naturally found in skin’s vulnerable outer layer – their function is to help the skin retain moisture. Studies have shown that dry and damaged skin is often linked to depleted ceramide levels. In fact, without ceramides, skin cells would dry up and shrivel. Finding a product with ceramide as an active ingredient will help restore and retain moisture levels. Some products containing ceramides are:
All these ingredients – glycerin, hyaluronic acid and ceramides, help to restore dry, thirsty skin. Products with either one of these ingredients will help moisturize the skin – finding a product with two of these effective active ingredients will surely deliver visible results you will be delighted with.