Using an effective moisturizer on a daily basis is the first, critical step in strengthening your skin’s moisture barrier and getting it back to an optimal, healthy state. But, not all moisturizers are going to be effective at repairing a damaged moisture barrier. The most efficacious moisturizers for dry, sensitive skin are typically classified as “therapeutic.” Therapeutic moisturizers are specifically designed to provide soothing relief, and repair skin’s moisture barrier with daily use. In order to repair the moisture barrier a therapeutic moisturizer will accomplish three critical tasks:
- Reduce water loss
- Prevent irritants from entering the skin
- Reduce or eliminate dry skin symptoms
One ingredient used in some therapeutic moisturizers that helps repair a damaged moisture barrier is ceramides. Clinical studies have shown that dry and damaged skin is often linked to depleted ceramide levels. Ceramides are naturally found in skin and when ceramide levels are low, skin has difficulty retaining moisture. Moisturizers with ceramides can help to replenish skin’s ceramide levels, repair the moisture barrier, and help to maintain a healthy moisture barrier with regular use.
Now that you know therapeutic moisturizers are the best for meeting the needs of dry, sensitive skin, how do you find one in the store? The skincare aisle can be overwhelming, and with so many different brands and products on the market, identifying the best moisturizer can be challenging. The best way to identify a high quality therapeutic moisturizer is to look for some key callouts on the bottle:
- Claims such as “Clinically Proven…”
- Dermatologist Tested, Recommended, or Developed
- Ingredients like Ceramides
- Credentials from skin health organizations
There are many benefits to using a therapeutic moisturizer, especially in the cooler months. The key here is to use it daily. Remember, a healthy skin barrier replenishes itself every two weeks, so it’s important to apply your therapeutic moisturizer regularly. By following these tips and finding a good therapeutic moisturizer you can have a strong moisture barrier and enjoy healthy, hydrated skin all season long.
For more information on how cooler air physically affects your dry skin, click here.