The Difference Between Hydrating and Moisturizing Skin

Avoiding Excessive Dryness in Your Skin

One of the great mysteries of skin is how to keep it moist and hydrated. As we age, our skin becomes drier, and it’s just a short leap from dry skin to skin so dry that it feels like the Sahara desert. To ensure you never have to deal with all those wrinkles and irritation due to excessive dryness of skin, keeping your skin moist is crucial.

If you’re wondering why your skin is dry, and how you can heal it, read on for our top tips and advice!

Why is Your Skin Dry?

Dry skin can be caused by many things including age, dry air, long showers, harsh soaps, itchy clothing, medications, and even misusing moisturizer! Changing your shower routine and laundry detergent is a good start to healing your skin, but you also want to find the right soaps and moisturizers to use.

The Ingredients in Your Cream

Our skin needs many things to remain dewy and fresh as we age. Hyaluronic acid, allantoin, and panthenol (which behaves like a humectant) are popular ingredients for revitalizing the skin, but these aren’t the only things you want to look at when trying to stop excessive dryness of skin — you want to focus on humectants and occlusives.

What is a Humectant?

In terms of hydration, humectants are your skin’s best friend. They come in many forms, but the most popular in natural skincare is vegetable glycerin. Other humectants include sodium lactate, aloe, and honey.

Humectants are ingredients that attract water from the deeper dermis of the skin and the air, and draw those molecules into the epidermis (upper level of skin). It’s not enough to draw moisture to the top layer — we need to keep it there! Transepidermal water loss, or TEWL, is the process by which moisture evaporates from the epidermis back into the air. It’s a natural process that happens continually, but can be even more apparent in different seasons, in arid climates, or when a person has cracked, damaged skin (leading to excessive dryness of skin).

What are Occlusives?

Occlusives are a group of ingredients that form a barrier between the skin and the atmosphere, and help lock in the humectants that we’ve applied to our skin. In natural skin care products, shea butter, which is rich in fatty acids and stearic acid, is among the most popular. Other ingredients include dimethicone, lanolin, or cocoa butter.

A good moisturizing cream contains the right balance of both humectants and occlusive ingredients to attract moisture and keep it in.

Choose Ayr Skin Care

At Ayr Skin Care, we take the guesswork out of finding balanced beauty products. Our Pure Moisture Nourishing Face Cream has been developed with exactly the right humectants and locks them in with an occlusive barrier and fatty acids. These fatty acids, like cholesterol and ceramides, are associated with helping repair damaged epidermis cells. Our cream goes on as light as a feather, forms a barrier without remaining oily to the touch, and is packed with active ingredients.

We also have the perfect cream for your hands as well — the Tranquility Moisturizing Hand Cream! This cream also includes the perfect combination of humectants and occlusives to help protect your hands, which can suffer from excessive skin dryness due to constant hand washing.

Applying moisturizers to slightly damp skin is the best way to ensure you’re reaping the benefits of all our natural ingredients!

Protecting Yourself

The world around you can take a toll on your skin, and you need a good quality skin care line to give your skin what it needs. Keeping our ingredients natural, and avoiding petroleum oil, parabens, synthetic colors, and perfumes, is how we ensure powerful results that get rid of excessive dryness in your skin without irritation.

Discover the Ayr Skin Care Promise and stay tuned to learn more about the effective natural ingredients we use in our products.

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