Glycolic Acid for Dry Skin: The Miracle Worker

glycolic acid for dry skin

Glycolic Acid for Dry Skin: The Miracle Worker

Are you tired of constantly battling dry, dull skin? Do you spend countless hours and dollars on moisturizers and creams that promise to restore your skin's hydration, yet fail to deliver?

Look no further, because the secret to achieving hydrated and glowing skin lies in the power of glycolic acid. This miracle ingredient has been hailed as a game-changer in the world of skincare, and for good reason. Not only does it penetrate deep into the skin to provide intense hydration, but it also helps to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking brighter and more youthful.

In this article, we'll explore the science behind glycolic acid and how it can work wonders for those with dry skin.

Our Glycolic Acid Cream is going to be the perfect choice for keeping skin soft and hydrated, with a long list of plant based skin loving ingredients.

What Causes Dry Skin?

Extreme weather. Most of us know the discomfort of wind burn or sun burn, and exposed areas on our bodies are more suseptible to this discomfort. Dry skin can be caused by these environmental conditions. 

Harsh detergents and chemicals. Constantly washing hands and using hand sanitizer is a common practice especially the last couple of years. While we cannot always avoid these actions, we can take a moment to moisturize right after them. 

Consider medical conditions. There are a variety of medical conditions that might cause dry skin, such as eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, lupus, etc. If you have dry skin it absolutely does not mean you have one of these conditions, and we are not diagnosing anyone, but these conditions can on occasion cause dry skin. In any case, the solution will be to remove any exterior situations that exacerbates the dry skin, implement any remedies to help it, and incorporate any ingredients or products that can alleviate it.

7 Remedies for Dry Skin

1. Monitor usage of harsh detergents and chemicals. This might be hard to do in this day and age, with all the expectations to wash and sanitize our hands, even when dealing with dry skin. These are things we need to do but maybe not 20 times a day. Be cautious yet judicious about washing and sanitizing and do what’s best for your health first and foremost.

2. Don’t use heat air dryers in restrooms. These are quite handy generally speaking, but they certainly can cause dry skin if used regularly. Just like with environmental heat this can cause parched, cracked skin if it’s something you do regularly. If it’s your place of employment, consider asking for biodegradable paper towels, or allow skin to air dry. If you’re out and about, these same options can help save your hands from dry skin.

3. Wear rubber gloves when cleaning. It can be a missed step if you’re in a hurry and need to tidy up a bathroom or kitchen but including the step of putting on protective gloves is a true skin saver. Many of our common cleaning supply products contain ingredients that can really aggravate skin and cause dry skin on hands. Protective gloves can be your best friend when cleaning up around the house.

4. Avoid very hot water when washing and showering. There are many reasons why taking a shower that is too hot isn’t good for you and causing dry skin is also on that list. Hot water is that is too hot can cause hair to look lack luster, can be harsh on your scalp, and can be uncomfortable for the rest of you. It’s actually good for your skin and hair to give yourself a short blast of cool water before you get out. It helps smooth down the hair follicles to prevent the frizzies and helps invigorate the skin. So enjoy a shower by all means, but try to make sure the water is not too hot.

5. Wear protective gear when exposed to the winter elements. It’s important to protect your skin from the harsh winter elements and wearing protective gear is going to help minimize your exposure. An insulated hat and gloves is a great place to start.

6. Moisturizer a couple of times a day. Keeping skin hydrated throughout the day and before bed is essential if you are dealing with dry skin. Look for some of the ingredients below, to naturally moisturize your skin. Not only do each of the ingredients have the ability to elevate moisture levels for dry skin, but some also have the ability to heal, repair, and protect.

7. Exfoliate skin. When you exfoliate your skin, you can ward off the dry layer of your skin and remove the dry damaged cells, which act as a barrier to your skin beneath. Not only does this reveal fresher layers underneath, but it can reduce discoloration and the signs of aging.

Our Glycolic Acid Cream is going to be the perfect choice for keeping skin soft and hydrated, with a long list of plant based skin loving ingredients.

glycolic acid for dry skin

4 Ways Glycolic Acid Helps Dry Skin

1. Exfoliation. Glycolic acid is a natural exfoliant that helps to remove dead skin cells. This can help to prevent flakiness and dryness.

2. Hydration. Glycolic acid helps to increase the skin's natural moisture retention, which can help to prevent water loss and keep the skin hydrated.

3. Brightening. Glycolic acid helps to brighten the skin by removing dead skin cells and promoting cell turnover. This can lead to a more youthful, radiant complexion.

4. Anti-aging. Glycolic acid stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that are essential for healthy, youthful-looking skin. This can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

6 Other Important Ingredients to Alleviate Dry Skin 

Besides glycolic acid, what other ingredients are great for dry skin?  We've listed our favorites below:

1. Plant butters and waxes. Studies show that plant derived butters and waxes help hydrate, soften, and seal in moisture, while providing a protective barrier. Good examples are cocoa butter, shea butter, or mango butter, as well as plant derived waxes like candelilla, carnauba, or lauryl wax – just to name a few. There are many plant butters and waxes on the market now that are optimal when choosing products to help alleviate dry skin.

2. Glycolic Acid. Alpha hydroxy acids can help exfoliate the top layers of dry skin, to reveal fresher layers that are healthier and more receptive to moisturizers and hydration. Some easy to use at home AHA’s might be a low to moderate percentage of fruit acids, lactic acid or malic acid.

3. Aloe vera. Aloe vera is commonly known as a topical treatment for dry, irritated or sunburned skin. Studies show that it can also provide other health benefits, largely due to its antioxidant properties. A staple for hydrating skin care products.

4. Carrier oils. Carrier oils are your general base oils in products that are considered quite beneficial to everyone – like grapeseed oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, etc. You can’t go wrong with these, and incorporating these oils into your skin care can help significantly reduce dry skin.

5. Glycerin. While glycerin might seem like a common skin care ingredient, it has many hidden talents. It creates a much higher level of hydration as an effective humectant and attracts moisturizer and water to the intercellular space of the skin.

6. Vitamin e. Protects the skin membrane and can prevent the signs aging, an anti-inflammatory agent in the skin, as several studies have supported its prevention of inflammatory damage after UV exposure.

Our Glycolic Acid Cream is going to be the perfect choice for keeping skin soft and hydrated, with a long list of plant based skin loving ingredients:

Conclusion

We hope this information regarding glycolic acid for dry skin helps you find the comfort you're looking for. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@claribelskincare, or click the chat button in the bottom right corner.

Jeanette @ Claribelskincare.com

I'm a formulator and skin care expert, wife, parent, and fur baby mom. I specialize in active ingredient research and studies, and share that information with you via our blog and products. Please reach out anytime you have questions!

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