Top 10 Hydrating Skincare Ingredients for Plump & Youthful Skin
Top 10 Hydrating Skincare Ingredients for Plump and Youthful Skin
One of the significant causes of pre-mature aging is dry skin. Excessive dry skin can give you a compromised barrier, unhealthy skin cells, and loss of collagen and skin elasticity ultimately leading to early signs of aging. Dry skin can also lead to atopic dermatitis or skin infections if not cared for. On the other hand, well-hydrated and moisturized skin always stays plump and youthful-looking. Eventually, your skin will age, which is quite natural, but a well-nourished and hydrated skin can help delay signs of aging by a few years and, in some cases, reverse them. Through this blog, we will talk about 10 skincare ingredients that hydrate and nourish the skin to keep it plump and youthful and, at the same time, facilitate healthy skin aging.
- Hyaluronic Acid. Found naturally in the skin, joints, and connective tissues, hyaluronic acid is one of the most magical skincare ingredients that keep the skin hydrated and nourished. It can hold 1000 times its weight in water. It acts as a humectant that absorbs water from the air, binding this water to the skin cells in the epidermis layer of the skin. Hyaluronic acid works for all skin types, including acne-prone and sensitive skin.
One drawback of hyaluronic acid is seen in an extremely dry atmosphere. When the air has no moisture, hyaluronic acid can make the skin even drier instead of hydrating it. This is because it will then draw water from the deeper layers of the skin to the epidermis, causing more harm to the skin than good. This is why hyaluronic acid is always used with an occlusive moisturizer. An occlusive will seal hydration into the skin instead of letting it escape, nourishing your skin cells and leaving you with plumped and youthful skin.
- Glycerin. A widely known and used ingredient, glycerin is also a humectant that draws water from the air and locks it in the epidermis layer of the skin. It works quite the same as hyaluronic acid. You need to use glycerin too with an occlusive to prevent it from evaporating moisture from the skin. However, its smaller molecular structure can penetrate the skin much more easily than hyaluronic acid.
- Honey. Honey is another humectant in the list of hydrating skincare ingredients. It draws water from the air and binds it to the skin cells in the epidermis. Honey has moisturizing properties too that help keep the skin nourished. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it is great to use on oily and acne-prone skin too. It helps the skin get rid of excess oil and clean the pores. You can use raw honey as a face mask and rinse it off after 15 minutes to get glowing, hydrated, and nourished skin.
- Niacinamide. A form of vitamin B3, niacinamide, is a powerhouse ingredient to hydrate and nourish the skin. It helps neutralize free radicals, promotes collagen production, minimizes pores, diminishes signs of aging, and helps with hyperpigmentation. Niacinamide strengthens the protective barrier, which prevents loss of water from the skin, giving you hydrated and nourished skin.
- Squalane. Squalane is an emollient that fills the gaps between the skin cells to hydrate and nourish dry skin. Often, dehydrated skin will crack, leaving open spaces between skin cells. Because of its smaller molecular structure, squalane penetrates deep into the skin and fills the space between the skin cells. It also prevents water from evaporating from your skin. Squalane is non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores and is equally healthy for oily and acne-prone skin. Squalene is added to moisturizers, face creams, anti-aging creams, and face masks.
- Vitamin E. Apart from being an excellent antioxidant skincare ingredient, vitamin E also offers hydrating and moisturizing properties. It helps with water retention in between skin cells and keeps the protective barrier healthy by providing new lipids to the skin cells in the epidermis.
- Ceramides. Ceramides are the natural fatty acids called lipids in the epidermis layer of the skin. Ceramides keep the hydration level in the skin under check. With the harmful effects of the environment, these natural lipids are lost, hampering the protective layer and making the skin dry and dull. Skincare products enriched with ceramides help restore lipids to maintain hydration and lock in moisture.
- Trelahose. Trelahose is a sugar molecule naturally found in desert plants. It is majorly responsible for keeping desert plants alive by trapping water and delivering it to the plant cells when they lack water. It is added to skincare products to act as a natural hydrating ingredient. It keeps the moisture trapped inside the skin cells giving you hydrated and nourished skin. It is also an antioxidant that helps to detoxify the skin and lessen the effects of aging and sun damage.
- Lactic Acid. Besides possessing great exfoliation properties, lactic acid also has excellent hydrating properties. Not only does it helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, but it also maintains hydration in the skin cells and keeps it locked. Because it is an AHA, it cannot be used daily. Use it twice a week for exfoliation. Why is it good? It helps people with dry skin to get ample hydration, even with exfoliation.
- Red Algae. Often unheard of, red algae is found in the deep sea. It is an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals. It possesses excellent moisture-retaining properties that help nourish the protective barrier and lock-in hydration to keep the skin plumped and radiant.
Difference between Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Hyaluronate
Sodium hyaluronate is the salt form of hyaluronic acid made by synthesizing it. This is done to make the skincare products resistant to oxidation. The synthesizing process gives the hyaluronic acid a smaller molecular structure so that it can penetrate deeper into the skin, giving you enough hydration in the deeper skin layers. Sodium hyaluronate and hyaluronic acid give you the same level of hydration in both of their forms.
You can find these ingredients in your skincare products too. Not only are hydrating ingredients great for dry skin, but they also work for every skin type since hydration is a necessity for every skin type to stay healthy. These highly safe ingredients can also be combined and used for effective results. While it is all about finding out what works best for your skin, the ingredients in this list will benefit every skin type, especially dry and combination skin. Use them in your daily skincare routine and see your skin take a turn for good.
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Ansaligy’s skincare range includes face masks and under-eye patches. Our products are highly hydrating and seal-in moisture to give you youthful and glowing skin. Our skincare range is made with hydrogel (water+gel) that promises to help retain intense hydration in the skin. They contain hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, vitamin E, red algae extract, trelahose, glycerine, and loads of other hydrating ingredients and antioxidants. Our face masks and under-eye patches give you instant relief from puffy eyes, dark circles, hyperpigmentation, and dry and dull skin. They also help diminish signs of aging by neutralizing the free radicals. Our Amber Hydrogel Face Mask and Amber Hydrogel Under-Eye Patches also work as exfoliators. The Bamboo Charcoal Face Mask and Bamboo Charcoal Under-Eye Patches help draw out impurities, dirt, and oil without drying the skin. All our fruity under-eye patches are full of antioxidants and hydrating ingredients to diminish the harmful effects of the sun while leaving the skin hydrated and nourished.