Around this time of year, there are many changes that take place. The days become shorter, trees are bare and we trade summer dresses and sandals for winter coats and snow boots. This is also the time of the year when our skin goes from supple and plump to dry and depleted. What can be done to break this persisting winter trend? Look for these essential ingredients in skin care products to help protect your skin from the inevitable winter dry out!
This category of moisturizers consists of ingredients that create a waterproof barrier on top of the skin preventing water from escaping into the atmosphere and leaving skin dull and dehydrated. One of the all-time best occlusive moisturizers is petrolatum (aka petroleum jelly). While not a popular choice in this day and age, its effectiveness is unparalleled, and it is still the top recommendation of many dermatologists. Mineral oil and dimethicone are also occlusive moisturizers. They are lighter in feel and have a more pleasing texture than petrolatum, but are just as effective in reducing excess dryness. If these occlusives don’t give you the warm and fuzzies then try lanolin, beeswax and other natural oils to get relief.