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Top 5 Moisturizing Skin Care Products for Dry Skin

15 October 2018

Many skin care products these days can be overly cleansing which can strip your already dry skin of moisture and hydration. Finding the right products to suit your skin can be a challenging and frustrating process. That is why we have come up with a list of skin care products that will help combat your dry skin.

Many skin care products these days can be overly cleansing which can strip your already dry skin of moisture and hydration. Finding the right products to suit your skin can be a challenging and frustrating process. That is why we have come up with a list of skin care products that will help combat your dry skin.

Best Products From The Ordinary to Stock Up On

The Ordinary, the disruptive and jaw-droppingly affordable skincare brand, is a few years old already. Industry insiders and skincare obsessives alike are firm fans. The Ordinary Hong Kong products are free of parabens, sulfates, and mineral oils, plus the company doesn’t test on animals! Here are some of the top products that you should add to your skincare routine ASAP.

The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane

Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative and is essentially your skin’s best friend. It speeds cell turnover, boosts collagen production, tackles pigmentation, reduces fine lines and unclogs pores. The Ordinary offers Retinol in Squalane from 0.2%, 0.5% and 1% which is a light serum-like consistency. Why the different percentages? Retinol can cause irritation in sensitive skin or for first-time users, so you should build up the percentage over time. Use it at night after cleansing and applying water-based serums, but before oils or creams. This formula is the least potent of all the Retinol in Squalane formulas, deeming it a great option for retinol rookies.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects and brightens the skin. This product contains L-ascorbic acid, the purest and most potent form of Vitamin C. Blended with light silicones, this heavy serum feels seriously silky. Use it at night after water-based products.

The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder

The jar contains a Vitamin C powder. This format means the ingredient stays stable and avoids oxidization. Mix the fine and fast-absorbing powder with water or other water-based serums or solutions and apply to the skin morning and night. When using pigmentation-tackling Vitamin C in the day, be sure to apply SPF to further prevent pigmentation production caused by UV rays.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

A gentle cleansing product formulated to target makeup removal whilst leaving the skin feeling smooth and moisturized. The formula incorporates Squalane, alongside other lipophilic esters that are gentle, moisturizing, efficient in dissolving makeup and facial impurities. When rubbed between your palms for around 10-30 seconds, the texture of the product will change from a balm-like consistency to a clear oil-like consistency. Being non-comedogenic and soap-free, this formula is designed to be gentle enough for daily use, without over-drying the skin, making it suitable for all skin types.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) are elements that keep the outer layer of the skin protected and well-hydrated. This formula offers non-greasy hydration that acts as a direct topical supplement of impaired NMF components. It contains 11 amino acids, phospholipids, alpha/beta/gamma fatty acids, triglycerides, sterols and sterol esters, glycerin, ceramide precursors, urea, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid. It offers immediate hydration and lasting results with continued use.

The Ordinary Amino Acids + B5

This concentrated solution includes Amino Acids and Amino Acid derivatives creating a combined total concentration of 17%. This resembles the composition of Amino Acids found in the skin’s own Natural Moisturizing Factors and provides enhanced barrier support, elasticity, osmotic balance and desquamation. Amino Acids + B5 offers non-greasy hydration support for the maintenance of healthy, functioning skin. It may cause a temporary tingling sensation upon application. If desired, the formula can be mixed with other serums or creams when applying to reduce its strength.

The Ordinary “B” Oil

“B” Oils solubilized a purified form of micro-algae in a blend of squalene and oils of marula, argan, baobab, pataua, brazil nut, inca inchi, rosehip and borage to support healthy skin defense, enhance radiance, and help balance pro-irritant mediators. The formula has a golden green hue and a mild herbal odour as a result of its high micro-algae concentration. Apply a few drops daily or as needed to your entire face ideally after water-based treatments.

The Ordinary AHA 30% +BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) exfoliate the skin’s topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance. Beta hydroxy acids (BHA) also exfoliate the skin with an extended function to help clear pore congestion. This combined 32% AHA/BHA solution offers deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance. This formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines with continued use. Clean face and wait for your skin to dry before applying, do not use on wet skin. Apply the product evenly across your face and neck using your fingertips, leave on for no more than 10 minutes. Do note that this formula should not be used on sensitive peeling or compromised skin. Since it contains AHA and BHA, that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

What Ordinary products should I not mix?

If you’re a skincare-obsessed, you probably spend your evenings layering at least three different products on your face before you’ve even moisturized. If you don’t already layer your skincare, now’s the time to start- it’s a clever way of forcing ingredients into your skin and making each product work to its max. But before you turn your bathroom into a laboratory, there are some ingredients that don’t play well together:

  • Vitamin C + AHAS/BHAS: Vitamin C is effectively an acid, so layering it with AHAs and BHAs like glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids is a big no-no. It’s also really unstable so any acids you layer it with will destabilise the pH balance and render it useless before it even has a chance to work its magic.
  • Retinol + AHAS/BHAS: Retinol doesn’t exfoliate as AHAs and BHAs do, but it is a peeling agent so it does stimulate cell turnover to get rid of old and damaged skin cells. Mixing it with acids can cause dryness and irritation and damage the skin’s moisture barrier.
  • Retinol + Vitamin C: Using retinol and Vitamin C together is yet another recipe for irritation, peeling, and redness. Together, they’ll increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun, meaning your skin is at a much higher risk of getting UV damage. Best practice is to use retinol at night and Vitamin C by day.
  • Glycolic Acid + Salicylic Acid: Both ingredients work by removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin, but more is not always better. They’re great when used separately, but mixing the two will cause a major reaction and strip your skin.
  • Niacinamide + Vitamin C: Used separately, both ingredients are great for treating blemish-prone and scarred skin, but combining them is a recipe for disaster. Niacinamide cancels out all of the good properties of Vitamin C and turns it into a substance that causes redness and can trigger acne breakouts.

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