The Ingredient You NEED in Your Winter Skincare Routine

Woman with moisturizer

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Dry skin is no fun. 

It seems to be an endless cycle of moisturizing, moisturizing, and moisturizing.  You may think that slapping on a layer of cream three times a day is the only solution, but what if I told you that the product might be the problem?  

Lucky for you, we’ve got the magic ingredient that will help heal your complexion overnight.  



Why Skin Gets Dry in the Winter

As we previously reviewed in our article on wholesome moisturizers, skin can get dry for a number of reasons.  In the colder months, the humidity levels lower significantly due to the lack of moisture in the air.  This makes it really difficult for your skin to pull in natural moisture.  In the winter, we also tend to take hotter showers and spend more time the heat blasting on our skin which -- you guessed it -- is extremely drying.  Last but not least, the harsh December winds and temperatures can irritate the skin, causing it to become irritated and more sensitive to masks, cleansers, and toners.  



Ingredients to Avoid 

  • Salicylic Acid is an ingredient commonly found in acne treatments that helps shed the top layer of skin cells.  While this can promote healing and clear skin, when used too often or in combination with dry skin, the complexion may become red and irritated.  
  • AHA’s or Chemical Peels are also good to store away for the season.  AHA is found in most chemical peels as a chemical exfoliant.  Once again, chemicals eating away at the top layer of skin may be okay on a healthy face, but not on one who’s already inflamed.  
  • Benzoyl Peroxide kills bacteria under the skin’s surface and helps get rid of excess sebum, or natural oil.  If your skin is already lacking natural moisture, don't use an ingredient made for getting rid of it!
  • Alcohols, like isopropyl and methanol, dehydrate the skin and chip away at the complexion’s natural protective barrier.  
  • Fragrances can cause all sorts of reactions and breakouts.  The last thing you need is twice irritated dry skin!

The Magic Ingredient

So, now that we’ve gone over all of the ingredients not to use, I’m sure you're wondering what the magic ingredient could possibly be.  Drum roll, please…


Glycerin is found in many moisturizers due to its skin-identical nature.  Being skin-identical means that it helps bind the skin to water and is found in skin cells.  This is also known as being an NMF, or natural moisturizing factor.  Glycerin can be natural or synthetic (both options yield similar results but natural is always better!).  Natural glycerin is a lipid glyceride derived from vegetables like soybeans, palm, and coconuts.  

Unlike many other moisturizers, Glycerin hydrates the skin by binding it to water as opposed to moisturizing, which simply creates a film over the skin to temporarily lock in water.  

Products With Glycerin

Little Urchin Natural Daily Moisturizer

Little Urchin Natural Daily Moisturizer




Key Ingredients

  • Glycerin
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Aloe Vera

Purlisse Watermelon Aqua Balm

Purlissé Watermelon Aqua Balm



Key Ingredients

  • Glycerin
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Watermelon Extract

Oars and Alps Face and Eye Cream

Oars + Alps Face and Eye Cream



Key Ingredients

  • Glycerin
  • Jojoba Seed Oil
  • Shea Butter

Which one of these glycerin packed moisturizers are you going to try this winter?  Let us know by leaving a comment!

As always, I’ll see you in the next post.  Happy holidays!

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