Skin Care Ingredients To Use And Avoid For Dry Skin

When it comes to getting the best results from your skin care products, it’s so important to use and avoid certain skin care ingredients.



– Peptides. These are used for anti-aging to smooth wrinkles and reduce the visual effects of aging. Peptides are a portion of larger protein molecules used in the body to communicate with and direct skin cells to behave in certain beneficial ways, such as producing more collagen or thickening the support structure of the skin–which are all essential for dry skin.

– Glycolipids. These help to repair the skin’s protective barrier allowing the skin to retain moisture (found in Renée Rouleau Pure Radiance Cream Mask).

Rose Hips Seed Oil. This moisturizes to repair skin’s protective barrier. (Found in Renée Rouleau Vitamin C&E Treatment)

Jojoba Oil. This helps to repair the skin’s protective barrier and is similar in nature to skin’s own natural oils. (Found in Phytolipid Comfort Cream)

Dimethicone. Creates a non-occlusive seal over the skin to retain moisture.

– Glycolic Acid. This is an AHA that is favored because is has the smallest molecular structure and can absorb deeper within the skin. This helps to dissolve surface dry skin cells to encourage a stronger, more intact protective barrier to allow the skin to retain moisture. (See our collection of alcohol-free glycolic acid serums.)

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– SD Alcohol 40, Denatured Alcohol, Ethanol and Isopropyl Alcohol. These are commonly found in toners and should be avoided. Exception: They can be beneficial when used in acne spot treatments. All the Renée Rouleau toners are alcohol-free.

– Sodium or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate.  These are commonly found in cleansers and are extremely drying to the skin. All the Renée Rouleau cleansing gels are sulfate-free.

– Mineral Oil. This ingredient can have a pore-clogging effect on the skin.

– Petrolatum. This ingredient can have a pore-clogging effect on the skin.

– Isopropyl Myristate and Isopropyl Palmitate. This ingredient may encourage clogged pores.

All the Renée Rouleau products do not contain the above ingredients.

Read: Five Skin Care Ingredient Myths You Need To Know

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