Moisturizing skin regularly helps you keep it healthy and prevent premature aging. It also will help you prevent your skin from becoming extremely dry, which can cause cracking and itching, but also from producing excessive sebum that will lead to oily skin, clogged pores, acne, etc. But which ingredients should you look for in a moisturizing cream? And more importantly, why you should look for any particular ingredient?
Glycerine and glyceryl stearate SE arguably are the most important ingredients of any moisturizer. While many other ingredients have very beneficial effects on your skin, these two make moisturization possible. Glycerine has the ability to attract moisture from the air, while glyceryl stearate SE is self-emulsifying, meaning that it combines with and keeps the attracted moisture on top of your skin where it is needed.
In other words, glycerine is a humectant, and glyceryl stearate SE is emollient in your moisturizing cream.
Macadamia oil is very rich in linoleic acid, this fatty acid is very easily absorbed by your skin and it is highly effective in preventing the loss of moisture by your skin. Because it is easily absorbed, it doesn’t clog pores, but very quickly makes your skin supple and soft. It also contains oleic and palmitoleic fatty acids which have very beneficial effects on the damaged skin.
Macadamia oil is very rich in squalene, which has a role in skin production, but it is also a precursory compound to cholesterol, which is the essential building block of cell walls. Providing your skin with it, allows it to heal damage by producing new young skin cells, which decreases the signs of aging.
Tocopherol, alpha-tocopherol, or more commonly vitamin E is an antioxidant with a known beneficial effect on the appearance of the skin. It is very effective for fighting the damage caused by UV light, and also increases the ability of the skin to withstand such damage.
While vitamin E can help prevent skin discolorations caused by UV light, vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help decrease the discolorations caused by it, and help with the repair of UV light damage.
Panthenol is provitamin B5, it is easily absorbed by the skin and quickly transformed in vitamin B5. Panthenol is a both humectant and has very strong effects on wounds and skin damage healing. Vitamin B5 accelerates the hydration of your skin but also makes it more elastic and reduces itching caused by dryness.
A facial moisturizer with eucalyptus will soothe your itchy or sensitive skin. It also has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory effects, all of which are very important in the proper repair of damaged skin as they prevent skin issues to develop.
Keeping your skin properly moisturized means providing it with all the help it needs to stay healthy, repair, and prevent any damage that can be caused by the negative effects of the environment. It prevents skiing from becoming extremely dry or oily, thus preventing skin problems that these two extremes can lead to.
Depending on the ingredients, your moisturizer can do much more for your skin and you. Some ingredients don’t just repair the damage, but also prevent it from occurring. While others help stay supple, elastic, and smooth; thus preventing the signs of aging to appear.