Top 5 Dry Skin Skincare Ingredients

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Dry Skin IngredientsIf you're tired of using moisturizers that leave your skin feeling dry or tight, or facial washes that strip it of moisture, it's time to learn exactly what ingredients can help. Just because a product is labeled as suitable for dry skin, doesn't mean the skin care product gives your skin the care it needs to heal and prevent further damage. Whether you're dealing with severely dehydrated skin or just want protection against dry, red skin, these five ingredients should be the first things you look for.

Glycolic Acid

Found naturally in sugarcane and fruits including grapes, glycolic acid is a popular dry skin ingredient because it’s effective on all skin types. You'll usually find this ingredient in cleansers designed for dry skin like our Wrinkle Revenge 1 antioxidant enhanced glycolic acid facial cleanser, a soap free, oil free, pH balanced, buffered glycolic acid face wash. Glycolic acid exfoliates and helps to attract moisture to your skin and keep your face hydrated throughout the day.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is most commonly used to treat sunburn, but it can also be used to moisturize dry skin. It tends to soak in quickly, even in natural form, and is ideal for sensitive skin. Since it also helps to reduce redness and soothe irritation, it's also safe for acne prone or sensitive skin. You’ll find aloe in our Calm Cool & Corrected anti-redness tranquility cream, a daily moisturizer that deeply hydrates, while soothing red and sensitive skin.

Lactic Acid

If you have very dry skin, look for skin care products with lactic acid. Many prescription moisturizers contain lactic acid due to its effectiveness in relieving and healing dry skin. You'll often see this ingredient in products labeled as anti-aging as well. Try our Litmus Test replenishing toner with glycolic & lactic acid after a gentle wash to seal in moisture and restore suppleness to the skin, while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Dimethicone works similarly to glycolic acid, but is usually found in moisturizers and in some moisturizing makeup. It holds in moisture to protect against dry skin and soothe existing dryness. Best of all, this ingredient is generally safe for most skin types. To fight dry skin and bumps on the body, we suggest our KP Duty moisturizing therapy, which contains dimethicone, to smooth and hydrate even the driest, roughest skin.

A Cup of Tea

Tea not only tastes great and provides a bit of relaxation during a stressful day, it can also do wonders for your skin. Our Calm Cool & Corrected anti-redness tranquility cream contains chamomile extract to protect and nourish delicate, sensitive skin, while white tea combined with Vitamin E produces a potent, yet non-irritating antioxidant to aid in rejuvenating skin.

To make the most of your skin care purchases, make sure to read the labels thoroughly to see that your skin is getting the ingredients it needs. The best products will likely have more than one of these ingredients or you can mix products such as cleansers and lotions that contain different ingredients for even more healing power and protection.

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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