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Best Skincare Ingredients for Dry Skin

Earlier this week, we overviewed some of the changes you can make to your skincare regimen in order to help your skin adjust to colder weather. As the winter months approach, it is a good chance to revamp your skincare routine to focus on moisturization.

Best moisturizing Ingredients

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a powerhouse of hydration, as it is a powerful humectant, meaning it traps water close to the skin. The acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, meaning it delivers lasting hydration by absorbing water into the skin.


Squalane is the hydrogenated version of squalene, which is naturally produced by your skin and found in sebum. Squalane is not as sensitive to oxidation, making it a good choice for long-term applications. Squalene as it is naturally found in the skin does deplete over time, making the skin more prone to dryness as we age.

Squalane is non-comedogenic and suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. The substance can be derived from both animal and plant sources, meaning there are environmentally sustainable squalane skincare options available.


Ceramides are one of the most commonly found ingredients in moisturizing skincare because they are epidermal lipids naturally found in the skin. They play a key role in skin barrier function, protecting your skin from moisture loss and replacing lost fat as you age.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has grown in popularity in the last few years as a natural treatment for skin, hair, and nails. It boasts antimicrobial properties and high antioxidant content. As a moisturizer, the oil is an occlusive substance, meaning it forms a barrier on the surface of the skin that prevents excess water from evaporating and protects the skin.

Hydrating skincare tips

In order to maintain your skin’s moisture throughout the winter, it is a good idea to incorporate any of these ingredients into your daily routine. Hyaluronic acid and Squalane can be great choices for hydrating serums after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Coconut oil and ceramides are more commonly found in rich, heavily moisturizing creams that would be good choices for nighttime moisturizers or leave-on hydrating masks.

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