If you struggle with dry skin, you’re not alone. The good news is that by incorporating the right ingredients into your daily skincare routine, you can achieve healthy and hydrated skin. With so many different products on the market, finding the right ones for your skin type can be a challenge. Luckily, we’re sharing what you should be looking for.
The keys to combatting dryness are hydration and moisturization. Hydrating ingredients support a skincare routine by infusing water into the skin, while moisturizing ingredients help to keep it there. Striking a good balance between these types of ingredients is essential for anyone looking to transform their dry, flaky skin into radiant, glowing skin.
In 2023, these are the best skincare ingredients for dry skin:
1. Hyaluronic Acid
Over the last few years, hyaluronic acid has gained tons of buzz in the beauty and skincare world as a powerhouse ingredient. With the ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, it’s safe to say that hyaluronic acid is wildly beneficial for hydration.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring ingredient in our bodies, so it’s generally safe for all skin types. For people with dry skin, products containing hyaluronic acid like our Rejuvenating Facial Serum are especially helpful during the winter months, although they’re great to use year-round.
2. Aloe Vera
The aloe Vera plant has been used around the world for centuries and is prized for its incredible skincare benefits. Aloe Vera is chock-full of beneficial antioxidants and water, which provide the skin with natural hydration while protecting it from environmental stressors and helping it appear plumper, smoother, and more youthful.
Thanks to its cleansing properties, aloe Vera juice creates a clean base for beneficial nutrients to be absorbed and utilized by the skin. Whether you have dry or sensitive skin, aloe Vera is an ingredient you should look for. If you’re looking to enhance your daily skincare routine, our Moisturizing Facial Cream is perfect for day and night use.
3. Shea Butter
If you struggle with dry skin, there’s a 99% chance you already know (and love) shea butter. After all, this is the holy grail of skincare ingredients for dry skin! Shea butter is an emollient, which means it forms a protective layer around the skin barrier that serves the dual purpose of keeping out irritants and trapping moisture.
In addition to protecting the skin, Shea butter also soothes and softens it. Basically, this is an ingredient you want to have in your arsenal—especially during the winter season. Nilotica Shea butter is a star ingredient in our Botanical Body Cream, so it’s no secret that we’re big fans of this cult favorite.
4. Raspberry Seed Oil
Raspberry seed oil is an absolute skincare warrior packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids our skin craves. Not only that, but it contains more linolenic acid (a powerful skin-balancing ingredient) than any other fruit seed oil.
Vitamin E, found in abundance in raspberry seed oil, is an antioxidant that helps prevent oxidative damage and is a key component of any solid skincare routine. Our Nourishing Face Oil is a fantastic source of red raspberry seed oil that combines the oil with other nutrient-rich oils for healthier, more radiant skin.
Like hyaluronic acid, ceramides are naturally found in the skin. Think of them as the glue that holds our skin together. Without enough of them, our skin barrier becomes compromised and vulnerable.
Products that contain ceramides are great for dry skin because they help our skin retain moisture and remain resilient against environmental aggressors and harsh weather conditions. Jojoba oil, for example, is an incredible source of ceramides, which is one of the reasons why we incorporate it into nearly all of our natural skincare products.
6. Enteromorpha Compressa Extract
This one may be a mouthful, but its amazing hydrating properties definitely make it an ingredient to look for! Enteromorpha compressa extract is extracted from green algae and is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other beneficial nutrients.
While the most talked-about benefit of green algae extract is its hydration capabilities, it also helps to even skin tone, smooth skin texture, and reduce premature aging. This extract is a superstar at transforming dry skin into balanced, glowing skin.
7. Sunflower Seed Oil
When you think of sunflower seed oil, skincare probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Many people don’t realize that sunflower seeds are packed with oleic and linoleic acids that help with the formation of collagen and elastin in our bodies.
Sunflower seed oil also boasts antibacterial and antifungal properties, both of which help to keep our skin healthy and clear. Our Fruit & Flowers Facial Cleansing Balm is a beautiful source of rich sunflower seed oil that promotes fresh, glowing skin.
8. Rose Hydrosol
While rose water and rose hydrosol are often talked about interchangeably, there’s a big difference between the two. Rose water offers a beautiful scent, but is far less potent than rose hydrosol and is often made with additives.
On the flip side, rose hydrosol is the purest form of rose water and is made from the water used to steam distill rose plants. Rose hydrosol is an impressive skincare ingredient with the power to soothe irritated skin, soften the skin, retain moisture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
If you’re ready to transform your dry skin with natural, good-for-you ingredients, shop the Simply Sue’s collection today and get ready to meet your most radiant skin yet.