Apologies for the hiatus, but we're back with an essential skincare topic! Today, let's dive into the world of moisturizers—specifically, four game-changers: humectants, emollients, occlusives, and ceramides. Knowing their roles and spotting them on your skincare ingredients list can level up your skincare game.
Emollients: The Nourishers
Want that soft, smooth glow? Emollients are here to make it happen! They enhance your skin's appearance by 'filling spaces' between cells that crave lipids. Derived from plants, they're a go-to for dry, dehydrated, and mature skin, earning the title of a true 'nourisher.'
Look Out For: Shea butter, lanolin, mineral oil, petroleum, isopropyl palmitate, linoleic acid
Humectants: Skin Hydrators
Ever heard of ingredients that work like a magnet for moisture? That's our squad of humectants! Perfect for drawing in and binding water molecules, these hydrators keep your skin moisturized. Ideal for all skin types and often seen in tandem with occlusives, humectants shine, especially in humid climates.
Look Out For: Hyaluronic acid, glycerin, lactic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, glycerol
Occlusives: Skin Protectors
Picture a shield that locks in moisture—meet occlusives! While thicker than emollients and humectants, they create a protective layer, especially beneficial for the body. If you're dealing with extremely dry skin on the face, a greasy face cream with occlusives might be your go-to, but use it wisely to avoid pore-clogging.
Look Out For: Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rose hip, avocado oil
Ceramides: Skin Structure's Best Friend
Nature's 'glue' for your skin structure—ceramides! They naturally exist in your skin, holding things together. Low ceramide levels signal dry or damaged skin. A hero for those with eczema and very dry skin, ceramides aid in moisture retention, making them a must-have in your skincare arsenal. They also help keep your natural skin barrier together. A favorite ingredient of mine!
Look Out For: Ceramide