Now that we know the difference between dry and dehydrated- it’s time to treat them! Oil lacking skin should opt for products that not only add hydration but also help restore the lipid barrier of the skin that is pivotal in helping the skin keep moisture inside where it belongs.
Dehydrated ingredients will bring moisture to the skin and that's pretty easy to do with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, urea, and ingredients like Sodium PCA.
Ingredients for Dry (oil deprived) skin:
Ceramides: These gems are a great remedy for oil deprivation. Our skin naturally contains ceramides in between the cells. They are part of the “cement” that hold skin cells in place. Adding more cement fills in cracks that allow precious moisture to escape leaving skin dry. Ceramides don’t always jump out at you on an ingredient list. In addition to ceramides, you should look for the following ingredients all falling under the ceramide umbrella.
Trihydroxypalmitamidohydroxypropyl Myristyl Ether
Sphingolipids (not quite a ceramide but a close cousin)
EFAs are Essential Fatty Acids. EFAs are essential because our bodies depend on them for so many different functions but we can’t produce them. We get our EFAs from food or supplements and just FYI, to not get enough EFAs is not a good thing! As much as I like saying EFA, that’s not the only name that’s given to these essentials; they are also known as the mighty omegas, Omega-3 and Omega-6. However, the names that you will most likely read on an ingredient label is Linoleic Acid (Omega-6) and Linolenic Acid (Omega-).
EFAs have long fatty tails that mesh very nicely with the other components of the cellular cement holding the skin cells in place. Anything that we can do to fill in gaps can help increase moisturization (and reduce skin sensitivity but we’ll save that topic for another day).
Natural Butters and Oils:
Natural butters and oils have many components that are beneficial to the skin (remember those EFAs that we just mentioned- some of those are in there too). Natural butters and oils help reinforce our natural oil-based barrier in our skin to lock moisture inside. The also have other skin goodies like tocopherol and trienol (both forms of vitamin E).