Moisturizing skin is a no-brainer during the frigid winter weather, but do you know which ingredients work best for combatting the cold? There are a ton of wonder workers available to keep skin looking fresh and fabulous even during a freeze. Look for these lovely little tools to do your skin a major favor come December.
Glycerin works like a vacuum that sucks water into skin. Moisturizers containing this ingredient work best when applied immediately after a shower, when the bathroom is still foggy. Adding to its allure, glycerin is relatively inexpensive and contains a silky texture that glides right along with makeup.
Cermaids are fabulous for achieving an immediate glow and relieving dry, itchy skin. They are fats found naturally in skin, sealing in water to keep skin cells from drying out. These miracle workers provide a protective barrier and are easily absorbed into skin.
Synehtic urea works wonders for exfoliating and moisturizing simultaneously. A highly effective exfliator, urea is perfect for tough spots on the skin, like heels and elbows. It aids in melting away dead cells so other moisturizing ingredients penetrate better.
4. Hyaluronic acid.
Fine lines, crepey skin—meet hyaluronic acid. This molecule swells after it absorbs water, and that plumps lines on the spot. But that doesn’t mean every product with hyaluronic acid offers immediate gratification—because the ingredient is expensive, it may be present in a low concentration. Look for products with hyaluronic acid listed near the top of the ingredient list.
5. Lactic acid.
Lactic acid hydrates and exfoliates and solves a common winter skin complaint in a flash. Apply products with lactic acid to legs when they are still damp from a shower, then layer a basic moisturizer on top to fix the issue in a jiffy.