Some Quick Recommendations for the Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin

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The best moisturizers for dry skin contain high quality ingredients. What they do not contain are known allergens, toxins, or irritants. The old, white cream, face moisturizers (you know which ones I mean) contained nothing more than white petroleum jelly, "whipped up" to make it feel creamier. Many of the newer ones are a lot better.

Which sounds best to you? Would you rather use a cream that is a unique blend of rich plant oils, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids? Or would you prefer one that contains numerous petroleum-based oils and chemicals, artificial preservatives, fragrances and colors?

If you're like me, the first choice sounds way better.

The best moisturizers for dry skin should be used on a daily and nightly basis. It's also a good idea to add a deep hydrating mask at least every couple of weeks. And you should always try to avoid ingredients that cause excessive dryness.

Realistically, everyone should use facial moisturizers after cleansing, because cleaning removes protective oils that not only prevent dry skin, but also protect your skin's health against injury and infection.

If you feel that your skin is too oily, you may believe that face moisturizers are unnecessary. But if you want to delay the appearance of age, then you'll get over that way of thinking. People with moister skin look younger, longer - they have less sagging and fewer wrinkles.

The best facial skin moisturizers can also help to reverse the signs of age. Selected ingredients counter the affects of free radical damage, stimulate the production of new skin cells, and strengthen the collagen fibers deep below the skin's surface.

That might sound like a lot to ask of a moisturizer, but with the right ingredients, it can be done pretty easily. For example:

  • Shea butter is a good ingredient for a nighttime moisturizer. It softens and smoothes out wrinkles in as little as four weeks.
  • In one study, avocado oil was shown to increase the formation of collagen in the skin.
  • Coenzyme Q10, if properly formulated, can penetrate through many of your skin's layers to neutralize free radicals, and repair the damage that they have done.

But the most crucial ingredient for a great face cream very well may be functional keratin. You might see keratin listed on various labels, but it is probably not the "functional" form. The typical processes that manufacturers use to soften it and make it water soluble also render the protein inactive.

Keratin is the protein that makes up more than 90% of the skin's outermost layers. It is an important component of the best moisturizers for dry skin, because it has been proven in clinical studies to increase moisture content by over 20% after the first treatment.

Researchers found that volunteers using face moisturizers that contain functional keratin had increased production of new facial skin cells by as much as 160%. They saw firmness increase by over 40% in as little as 18 days. The creams also improved their skin's ability to retain moisture, an important factor that has not been considered before.

In other words, if you use the best moisturizers for your dry skin, you'll look younger, and your skin will be healthier in a very short time. How could you ask for more from your face moisturizer?

Sherri Stockman is a Naturopathic Practitioner and avid researcher on natural ways of "turning back the clock." Visit her web site now at www.healthy-great-looking-skin.com to discover which anti aging skin care products she recommends.

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