Check Your Labels: Dermatologists Say These 6 Ingredients Are Crucial for Beating Dry Skin

Hyaluronic acid

“Hyaluronic acid molecules can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water, so it’s beneficial for immediate hydration,” says New York dermatologist Patricia Wexler, MD, explaining that some of the newer forms of the acid can even encourage your body to make more of its own natural hyaluronic acid, which is an added bonus. “Overall, it’s a great ingredient for dry skin.”

Find it in: GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer ($49), featuring a triple hyaluronic acid complex for up to 72 hours of dewy-skinned moisture.

Glycolic acid

While you might shy away from exfoliating acids when your main goal is to boost hydration, Dr. Wexler says glycolic acids actually dissolve the dry skin cells on the surface of your skin to encourage a brighter, smoother, more even-toned complexion. “Plus, it encourages better penetration of other therapeutic products your dry skin may call for.”

Find it in: Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator ($39), a revised version of the cult-classic original, now formulated to deliver almost twice as much hydration.


While there’s still some hesitation around using this ingredient for your face, Dr. Wexler says urea works by separating loose dry skin on the surface. “It softens the horny layer of the skin so it can easily be released from the surface of the skin,” she explains, adding that the ingredient is extremely hydrating because of its water-loving properties and its ability to draw water from the air and surface of the skin and infuse it into the skin’s cells. It’s also a main ingredient in many keratosis pilaris treatments.

Find it in: Peter Thomas Roth Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizer ($42), perfect for treating both temporary and long-term dryness.

NewBeauty.com November 2017

Article by Danielle Fontan