Best Moisurizers for Dry Skin in the Winter
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Best Moisurizers for Dry Skin in the Winter

Well, it’s Wintertime guys! Do you find
that you are getting dry, cracked, itchy, red, irritated skin?
Are you finding yourself slathering yourself with body lotion all over and
you are STILL feeling dry? Then you may be using the wrong CATEGORY of
moisturizer. Today we’re going to be talking about what ingredients to look
for in your moisturizer to make sure you are addressing those skin care problems.
Hi, my name is Christy and I am the owner of Go See Christy Beauty Boutique,
and I have been treating clients with Acne, hyperpigmentation, and help fighting
aging, fine lines, and wrinkles for over 10 years, and today we’re going to be
talking about the right type of moisturizers that you need for your dry
skin in the Winter. So the first thing we need to address is if you have DRY or
DEHYDRATED skin. And if you haven’t watched our last video, it actually talks
about the physical attributes of what dry and dehydrated skin looks like so
you can address the skin condition correctly. So the first thing is, skin
CONDITIONS, just to clarify, changes almost on the daily basis and it’s
dependent upon your age, the environment that you live in, your stress levels, your
diet, what kind of products that you’re using, as well as the environment that
you are in, and hormones, and a whole other array of things. Skin TYPE is
actually what you are born with. For example: If you have dry skin — or what’s
called “Allipoid”, without oil — people who have dry skin tend to have smaller, not
as active sebaceous glands, so obviously they’re producing less oil. But if they
go to a part of the country that’s very, very humid and they’re sweating a
lot, and they see a lot of oily shine, now their skin CONDITION is, is that they’re
oily but their skin TYPE is actually dry. So you have to figure out which one that
you are as far as skin condition, so we’re going to be addressing the skin
condition. So, factors in the Winter such as using the heater overnight at
night, or taking long, hot showers in the evening, it can actually really dehydrate
the skin. And actually with the heat and water it actually can leach moisture and
rob your skin of its NMF, which is the “Natural Moisturizing Factor”. Okay, so here
are the three basic categories of ingredients that is used in moisturizers,
creams, lotions, and balms to treat dry or dehydrated skin. So the first one are
Emollients. So Emollients is actually a lubricant and it gives the skin a smooth
and soft texture, and it actually gives the product a silky texture. So basically
you’ll see this in lotions, in milk lotions — in Asia those are really popular —
so it’s more of a watery substance. And those are Emollients. And if you look at
your ingredients list, some of the things that are more common that are
classified as Emollients is Lanolin, which is basically a sheep-, it’s a waxy sheep
sebum — this is not great for breakout- prone skin because it can be comedogenic.
The secon-, the second one is Jojoba Oil, and Jojoba Oil, even though it’s looked
on as an oil it’s actually a wax, and that is actually very close to human
sebum, it resembles that, and the other one is Isopropyl Palmitate. And that’s a
thickening agent. They don’t typically add any moisture to the skin so if
you’re finding yourself slathering yourself with lotion and you still feel
like, after the product has evaporated, you still have dry, cracked, Wintery skin,
that’s probably why. Because if you look at your moisturizer, it may be high on
the Emollient scale, but not so much on the Humectant scale. So the second
ingredient is Occlusive Agents, and Occlusive Agents sit on top of the skin —
they don’t penetrate the Stratum Corneum — and this kee-, this prevents moisture
from escaping. So, again, this doesn’t add any moisture to the skin, it just
protects the skin from any additional moisture from escaping.
And if you look at your moisturizers or your creams to see where in the
ingredients list it’s listed, some of the more common ones are Petroleum or
Petrolatum — a byproduct of that is also Mineral Oil — this can sometimes cause
bumps for some breakout-prone people, so you may have to watch out for that. The
other one is Cocoa Butter, Shea Butters, a lot of the butters tend to be Occlusive
as well. This also includes most of the oils that you see. So, if you see some
common types of oils, whether it be Sunflower Oil, or Safflower Oil, any type
of oils, these are also Occlusive. So again, they don’t add any moisture to the
skin. Another very common one that you’re seeing in almost EVERYTHING, whether it’s
hair conditioners, or hairs-, anti-frizz hair serums is Dimethicone — so silicones.
And so, most of Occlusive Agents actually prevent TEWL, “Trans-Epidermal Water Loss”,
but Dimethicones don’t. They actually are permeable when exposed to water vapor. So
the one that you want to look for is a moisturizer or cream that is high in
Humectants. So if you didn’t catch it, in our last video we talked about
Hyaluronic Acid — what the Beauty Industry does NOT tell you — so you might want to
catch that to really understand Humectants and how Humectants work, but
very simply said, Humectants in moisturizers and creams, they actually
have the ability to draw moisture from the air or the surrounding environment
and bring it to your skin. So it’s adding moisture to your skin. So Humectants are
what you want to see in your moisturizers. So a very popular one, as I
talked about, is Hyaluronic Acid and if you see in that video, you might catch that
Hyaluronic Acid is — it’s great! — but it’s all that it’s not up to par as what
people think it is, and they’re paying a lot of money for it. So anyway, so
Humectants, one of them is Hyaluronic Acid, or Sodium Hyaluronate,
and the other one is Glycerin — that also brings moisture to the skin. So
Humectants are “HYDROPHILIC”, which means water, literally means “water-loving”, but
basically what it is, it has the ability to attract water, and not only attract
water, but KEEP it! Now the thing with Humectants is, you have to be careful,
because what it does is if you’re living in arid climates, what it can do is it
actually can draw moisture from the lower parts of the skin to bring it to
the upper parts of the skin. So in essence it can be DEHYDRATING your skin.
So make sure that you do two things if you live in dry climates, or you’re in a
drying environment, is, is that you use products that have Occlusive Agents. So
you put on your Humectants and then you add on top of that Occlusive Agents, or
make sure that you-, you look for a moisturizer that it has Humectants as a
higher part of ingredients, and maybe the Occlusive Agents down below. And for
those of you who are breakout-prone, you can just use a higher amount of
Humectant-based moisturizer or cream. So here are some of the Humectant
ingredients that you want to see higher up on your ingredients list in your
moisturizers, your lotions, your creams, anything that you’re using to keep the
moisture in: Aloe Vera Gel, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydroxy Acids,
Propylene Glycol, Urea, and Glycerin. And although Hyaluronic Acid has been very
much glamorized and publicized in the-, in the recent years what you will see in
most of your lotions and creams is, is that Glycerin is actually higher on the
ingredients list than the Hyaluronic Acid. and because it’s more of a
Humectant. So that’s actually more commonly used in your, your lotions and
your moisturizers and your creams. Now for those of you who have EXTREMELY dry
skin or you have Eczema, stay tuned, in just a little bit I’m
going to tell you about an additional ingredient that you need to look for in your moisturizers that’s really going to help your skin condition. So if you’re finding this
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new videos come up. So here’s a unique thing about Glycerin: So, Glycerin is a
Humectant. What it has, it has a unique ability, that even if you wash the
product off, it has a unique ability to keep adding hydrating properties into
your skin long after the product has worn off. So that’s another thing about
Glycerin that I really love. And when paired with an Occlusive Agent on top, it
really can add to the hydrating properties of your skin. I will say
though, at my actual store we sell tons of our blue bottled Hyaluronic Acid. They-,
my clients swear that this thing, it works wonders. So again, I’m not saying to
stop using it, I myself use it on a DAILY basis, but I do want to tell you there
are other alternatives other than Hyaluronic Acid. So here’s another PRO TIP that I just wanted to throw in there: To keep your skin from having TEWL, or
Trans-Epidermal Water Loss, avoid using hand sanitizers, because that has a high
amount of alcohol and that will dehydrate your skin very quickly. Instead,
if you can, try to wash your hands, and while your hands are still moist, then
add a lotion on there that has a high amount of humectants so that your hands
won’t crack. Because I know a lot of professionals who have to wash their
hands a lot — just like me — your hands can get really dry and cracked during the
Winter time. So here is the final one, and they are Ceramides. So Ceramides are
lipids that basically help make up the Stratum Corneum and help form the
barrier of the skin. It’s also oil- soluble so that’s why it’s added to a
lot of moisturizers, to help your skin and to help keep the skin’s barrier
intact. So for those of you who have extremely dry skin that’s cracked, you
have Atopic Dermatitis, or you have Eczema, you might want to look for a
moisturizer that has the balance of all three. Because sometimes, what I have seen,
is when they tout that it adds Ceramides to the moisturizers and they mark up the
price, it has to have a balance of all three of these ingredients. So the three,
balance of these ingredients are not only Ceramides, but Free Fatty Acids and
Cholesterol. So make sure that when you’re looking for a moisturizers that you
see this in here. So stay tuned for our next video where we actually evaluate
some drugstore moisturizers to help you kind of keen in on what moisturizers
that you need to take a closer look in. So remember: Make-up is an art, and
skincare is a SCIENCE! See you in the next video.


  • Bella Rose

    Another great vid! Is it a good idea to apply the hyalauranic acid serum on damp skin or not necessary? Also does it matter if you apply the moisturizer before or after Retin A? Do you have a specific product recommendation for a moisturizer that has the balance of ingredients you mentioned? 🤩

  • Neil bose

    My moisturiser contains microencapsulated uv filters. Do i need to use a separate sunscreen? Also are microencapsulated sun filters more stable?

  • Kate Emiley

    I don't find it's so bad in Australia but in other countries where it snows or stays around 0 degrees my hands get very dry!

  • V

    I recently started using hyaluronic acid serum (The Ordinary's) and I don't think I get all the benefits from it. I live in a dry climate so from what I understand it's important that I apply an occlusive agents after the serum. However, whenever I put lotion on top of the layer of serum, the hyaluronic acid sort of peels/rolls off the skin. How do I use hyaluronic acid correctly? Is there a certain type of lotion/cream/oil that works with it?

    Thank you for the great video!

  • nikita khairnar

    Hi christy, great video. I have a question about HA, i hv been using HA from last 1 n half week and observed small red bumps on my forehead also i leave in a dry state and hv dry skin. I usually exfoliate skin with mild scrub and use rosehip oil during night time and HA with moisturizer on damp skin during day tym. Am i dng anything wrong. pls help. ❤️

  • Carrie Mroczkowski

    Really helpful and informative video!
    I’m new to your channel, and am super impressed by this video. I love your knowledge, and you break everything down so it’s easy to understand. I’m going to subscribe immediately:))
    Thanks, love🍃🌸.

  • Just Jill D

    I use Cerave as recommended by my dermatologist.Its a very effective but cheap option for cold winters in Canada, particularly since iam on prescription retinol

  • truthseeker

    Hi Dr Christy, Thanks so very much for all you do for us skin geeks. I have a question. Are ALL alpha hydroxy acids considered a humectant?

  • Shaz W

    So by stripping the top – protective – layer of my skin by using Retin A, am I effectively removing the ceramides, urea, and other protective properties? Can the epidermis hold these properties if I add them via lotions and potions? I now use Nivea Soft, which, in a recent BBC documentary called The Truth About Beauty, tested three top selling moisturisers; cheap, mid-priced, and so-called high-end. Nivea Soft retained more moisture in the skin than the high-end one, as glycerin is the second ingredient on the list after water. As body moisturiser, my favourites are E45, which I buy in the U.K. and The Body Shop's Buffy bar for any really dry parts, such as knees and heels. As for eczema, another recent BBC documentary, Trust Me I'm a Doctor, investigated a pioneering study in the treatment against eczema and showed how most eczema (or neurodermatitis)can be effectively treated. I purchased this miracle cure, and, low and behold, it worked like magic on my daughter. Here's an excerpt from the programme. Click on the video about eczema, which is just over 8 minutes long. The research and treatment was carried out in Holland, and the product is called Gladskin. It's all about bacteria – or excess thereof:

  • 75vasso

    hi, what occlusive agents can we add to our hyaluronic acid in order not to draw moisture from our skin? waxes, silicone or vegetable oils? before or after the HA? aren't they very heavy?

  • Paola Owens

    I am loving how informative these videos are! I’m a visual person so the little words popups are very helpful! I will continue watching! I just subscribed!

  • Heidi Webb

    I wish you would name products because I’ll drive myself crazy trying to research the 100’s of products out there

  • Platinum Mommy Makeup

    I love your video and just went and bought some new serums today with ingredients you mentioned in another one of your videos:)

  • Victoria Lynn

    Does it make a difference how much melanin is in your skin? I grew up using shea butter and coconut oil , my skins appears healthy.

  • Roscoe by Roscoe

    Just found your channel and you blessed my life so much. I've just never understood skincare but all your videos are very educational and interesting. Thank you!!!💖💖💖

  • kath biddle-dutton

    So is the the follow up video to the hyaluronic acid what moisturizer product do I add to hyaluronic for it to absorb in my skin ? So confused.. thanks

  • niet mijn naam

    I have very dry skin and sometimes excema. I like to use very harsh products🤦🏻‍♀️ they stip my skin from all the moisture🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

  • JAC

    The link is broken to the dry vs. Dehydrated skin video. And would you please tell us which products work for dehydrated skin. I live in Arizona. Thank you!

  • Rowena Palma

    Most ingredients you are telling us are known to us where to find it. Can you give us an idea of which products we can get it? You are expert to this but us is not that familiar what you are recommending.

  • Hihi_amia

    Thank you @goseechristy I loved that you said skincare is a science it’s so true! I’ve been struggling to find a good balance in my skincare routine since I’ve been diagnosed with rosacea. It’s been a difficult struggle and I am so happy to have found your channel. You are definitely passionate & it shows! Thank you again for being so informative

  • Josie H

    Hi Christy!new subscriber here^^ i was wondering, since its so much info and its hard to take it all in at once, if its okay to use a hyaluronic acid lotion (hada labo) and wait a couple of minutes to let it sink and then put vaseline on top of that as a mask and sleep with a cool air humidifier? I am in my early 30's and where I live there is a lot of pullution (seoul). What type of toner and serums would you recomend?

  • Catherine Whittaker

    Christy I have purchased many oils and I have 3 bottles of rose oil, that smells so beautiful. I also got the rose hip oil and coconut joboba oil. None of these oils
    Penetrate into my oil. In fact, I think it's drying my skin out. What can I do to make my skin heal?



  • Nessa Karmeliana

    Is there substitute for niacinamide? I really want to add niacinamide into my routine but it causes redness to my skin. Thank you 😊

  • Caroline Paquier

    And we have another winner, Christy. I was having fits with chapped lips last week and ordered some of that Yu-Be advanced formula and it worked almost over night. It's a keeper in my house. Thanks again!

  • Flo Florence

    Can I mix glycerin with aloe Vera gel together to make a cream for face?by the way..your video was informative as usual..tq

  • J Leena

    Loving the videos! Question! – Would I be correct in suggesting that using Hyaluronic Acid followed by natural Aloe Vera Gel straight from the leaf (as the Humectants?) and then sealed with pure Shea Butter (as the Occlusive Agent?) may be a good skin care option to heal damaged skin?

  • sarala regmi

    Thank u so much for the informative video. Can u give me the name list of best skin care item( cleanser, serum,toner, moisturizer,sunscreen, eye cream and nighttime face cream) for mid 30’s woman with little bit hyper pigmentation!

  • Mitch Estrera

    Hello Christy
    I buy this
    Thermal Spring Water
    But always get confused on the routine steps.
    Please advise 😌

  • Kendra Weekes

    I was led here by your hyaluronic acid video to learn the types of occlusive agents. I always put my hyaluronic acid on before a rosehip oil+vitamin C serum and my sunscreen/moisturizer….turns out those two have occludents in them! So I'm safe 😁. To be fair I live in the Caribbean so the air is quite literally never as dry as it can get in North America, so I don't have to worry about the hyaluronic acid serum dehydrating me.

  • reetscoolgal

    Nicely explained. Can we make a lotion/ moisturiser by adding glycerin + rose water + lemon juice store in bottle and apply day and night ?

  • Michelle Stone

    New sub☺️ your hyaluronic acid video popped up on my YouTube vid suggestions…and I’m staying to learn more💕 Thank you!

  • crazyminds channel

    mam plzzzzz plzzz plzzz give me a solution for my open pores and extremely sewaty face on makeup or evn on putting sunscreen ,,i sweat like hell n putting makeup on an occasion is a nightmare for me,,,, also should we use sunscreens or not,,my sisters not using any sunscreens have much better skin than me ,, more fair more clear n no issue of sweating n pores,,,plzzzzzz help me

  • Viv Lee

    I have extremely dry skin so what I usually do is I will apply hyaluronic acid straight to my skin while it's damp otherwise I will mist water or add toner on my face prior to applying hyaluronic acid. Followed by a layer or two of moisturiser, then sunscreen. Then I may spray filtered water on my face from time to time when I'm in an air-conditioning room or outside when it's dry and cold. It helps to keep my skin moisturised whole day.

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