Moisturizer Choices - How to Choose and How to Adjust

The finishing touch to most regimens, moisturizers play several important roles:

  • Protect our skin from moisture loss;
  • Help to draw the moisture from skin's inner layers to reinforce the lipids found in our skin barrier; and
  • Provide healthy skin benefits like antioxidant protection and barrier replenishment or repair.

That's a lot to expect and we think a great moisturizer should also:

  • Work for a variety of specific skin types or conditions;
  • Include other skin benefits like free radical fighting antioxidants;
  • Be made from well-researched ingredients that provide safe protection; and
  • Feel good on the face.
    • If you have very dry skin, you want to feel that extra protection; 
    • If you have oily skin, it should feel moist without feeling greasy; and
    • For almost everyone else, it should feel soft, natural and hydrated.

How Moisturizers Work

A great moisturizer must clear each of these hurdles without causing irritation or failing to provide adequate moisture retention. Just as there are hundreds of moisturizers in the market, there are many ingredients and formulations that can get you there. In general, we look for these sorts of active ingredients:

  • Antioxidants:
    • Eliminate free radicals;
    • Some draw moisture to the skin barrier to combat dryness; and
    • Others help skin reverse photodamage.1
  • Moisture replenishing ingredients which might include:
    • Lipid-rich oils;
    • Vitamin E;
    • Hyaluronic Acid;
    • Ceramides; and/or
    • Glycerol.
  • Moisture retaining and soothing ingredients which might include:
    • Lipid-rich oils; and
    • Some antioxidants like Roman Chamomile.

 

The VU Perspective

We believe in the right product for the right skin type and environment. Our three choices not only address these different issues, they can also be stacked for enhanced moisturizing and protection. Here's how our creams and oil perform:

Product Face Cream Face Cream - Intense  Moisturizing Blue Oil
Antioxidants Highest High High
Lipid-rich Oils Low High Highest
Soothing  Low High High

We have formulated each of these to work together and with all our other products. Please try our Regimen Builder to see which moisturizing choices will perform best for you in your current environment. 

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Article References

1 - Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, November 2012, Volume 67, Issue 5, Page 1013:
   The Role of Antioxidants in Photoprotection: A Critical Review


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