When you’re looking to hydrate your skin, you want to make sure you know how to recognize a good moisturizer. At the top of the list are sun protection, moisture management, and protection from free radicals. Ideally, one lotion or cream should be able to do it all, but you can layer products if necessary.
How To Recognize a Good Moisturizer
1. Sun protection.
The sun is crucial for life but it can also be your skin’s worst enemy. Sun exposure not only leads to wrinkles. It causes “age spots” and contributes to potentially deadly skin cancer. Check the label of any facial moisturizer for an SPF of at least 30. Be sure you are getting broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Naturally sourced sun-protective ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients may leave a white cast to your skin, so choose a thin formulation that can be easily absorbed over a heavier cream.
2. A moisturizing/humectant combination.
Dry skin will look older than supple skin, and will also feel tight and possibly even itchy or irritated. Moisturizing ingredients will help to prevent the skin from losing its all-important existing moisture. These include plant oils, mineral oils, shea butter, cocoa butter, petrolatum, silicones, and animal oils. Humectants attract additional external water to the skin. Look for sorbitol, glycols, glycerin and sodium PCA, to do this job.
3. Antioxidant power.
Found in fruits, vegetables, and other naturally occurring substances, antioxidants are indispensable to prevent free radical damage. Vitamin E, lycopene, green tea, coffeeberry, resveratrol, grape seed, genistein, niacinamide, and vitamin C are all powerful antioxidants used in skincare products. Often, antioxidants are used in combination.
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