Step into any drugstore or facial care store, and you'll easily become overwhelmed by the vast selection of facial moisturizers. There are products made for acne-prone skin, dry skin, combination skin, and more. Picking one out can be difficult, especially if you have really dry skin and want a product that's going in impart maximum moisture. A good way to wean down your options is to look for a moisturizer with as many of these super moisturizing ingredients as possible:
Dimethicone does not impart so much moisture itself, but it plays a huge role in making your skin appear softer and more supple after you apply moisturizer. This ingredient fills in fine lines and wrinkles, and it also forms a protective layer over your skin, which helps prevent your skin from losing its moisture throughout the day. A moisturizer with dimethicone will yield the super moisturized, long-lasting look you desire.
Also known as petroleum jelly, this ingredient also helps form a water-tight barrier over the skin, which keeps it hydrated for longer. It also helps camouflage any dead skin cells and flakes on your skin's surface, which is especially useful during the cold winter months when your skin takes on that dry, patchy appearance. While someone with "normal" skin may find products with petrolatum too moisturizing, they're a lifesaver for those with super-dry skin.
Ceramides are a type of fats that are found naturally in your skin's outer layer. A lack of ceramides is to blame for many cases of super-dry skin, so products with this ingredient are sure to give you the softer skin you desire. Ceramides also help protect the skin from damage caused by pollutants, dirt, and cold winds, so using a moisturizer that contains them will help keep your dry skin from worsening.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin, which means that it absorbs free oxygen radicals that would otherwise interact with your skin's cells to cause damage. Many moisturizers made for extra dry skin contain vitamin E., as it works to keep dry skin from getting worse. It may also sometimes be listed as alpha tocopherol.
To learn more about these and other ideal ingredients in moisturizers for extra dry skin, speak with your dermatologist. They may even be able to recommend a specific moisturizer for you based on your unique skincare needs. It will probably contain some, if not all, of these important compounds! Visit the Camelback Compounding Pharmacy for more information on special formulations for your skincare needs.