Dry skin can be caused by factors such as the wind, the sun, environmental pollutants, diet, and even hormones. To combat dry skin, look for a BB that is loaded with antioxidants, moisturizers, and collagen-boosting ingredients. Typically, what we put into our bodies shows up on the outside, so it makes sense to feed our skin with the same healthy ingredients that we look for in our foods.
It is important for you to choose a BB cream with high-quality ingredients. Creams with essential oils and Alpha Hydroxy Acids, AHA’s, are likely to be more nourishing than creams that have glycerin or petroleum listed among the first ingredients on their list. Although those ingredients may feel moisturizing, they are chemical-based and often just cover up the problems without offering any real healing properties.
Vitamin C is important in our diet as it helps the body absorb calcium and boosts our immune systems, but did you know that applied topically, Vitamin C has the ability to heal scars, reduce redness, and regenerate collagen? For people with dry skin, Vitamin C can drastically improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.
An article published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, states that a compound of antioxidants and vitamin C applied to the skin ultimately blocks the damage caused by ultraviolet rays.
Another study, from the Micronutrient Institute at Oregon State University, offers evidence that the antioxidant properties of vitamin C make it essential for skin health.
It is important to note that Vitamin C may initially cause some redness as dry skin and old cells are replaced with a fresh, supple layer of skin.
Another powerhouse ingredient for dry skin is Aloe. Aloe has always been used to treat and soothe dehydrated skin. Often used for sunburns, aloe provides a barrier between your skin and the harsh outside contributors to dryness.
According to Josh Clark, at How Stuff Works: Health, the enzymes found in aloe provide the skin with the essentials needed to boost collagen production and put a stop to itching and flaking.
The Dermal Institute suggests the use of invigorating essential oils such as Rosewood, Jasmine, Carrot Seed, and Argon to boost antioxidants and heal and nourish dry, damaged skin. Many companies have added these to their BB Cream ingredients to increase the value of their product.