Does Your Moisturizer Really Work?
Despite our national obsession with beauty products promising to restore moisture to your dry, aging skin, the truth is most do little to change the condition of the skin. Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually on a wide variety of creams and lotions with the hope of restoring moisture to their skin. Even the most expensive and perhaps efficacious do little more than deposit a composite of wax, oil, glycerin, glycol emulsifier, water and preservatives to the skin surface barrier with a layer of goo which has little do with skin “moisturization”.
Human skin should never be dry and the condition, which dermatologists call “xerosis” which affects millions of Americans, is more than a superficial inconvenience. Like all the organs of the body, hydration plays a key part in the optimal functioning of the skin and helping maintain it is less about cosmetic appearance than it is about health and wellness.
To truly eliminate xerosis, internal nutrients, Vitamin A , Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids are vital. Because Amino Acids play a significant role in water trapping, make sure you’re ingesting enough protein. And, from a topical perspective, Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic) can activate production of the skin’s natural moisture factors along with Vitamin A (retinol and retinoic acid) and Vitamin C to support the synthesis of hyaluronic acid and moisture-locking skin lipids (fats).
…..and, that’s the Truth!