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January 17, 2014

How To Know What Your Moisturizer Is Doing For You: A Guide To Additives

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Guest Post by Cara Wietstock

There are tons of moisturizers on the market that offer different types of vitamins and additives as their selling point. Knowing what these additives do for your skin is important to making an educated decision on which moisturizer you use.

Vitamin E

This vitamin is powerful antioxidant that works to help repair and protect your skin. When mixed into your daily moisturizer Vitamin E will help to build a barrier between your skin and dryness, wrinkles and fine lines. This is one of the vitamins that our body does not produce but is also one of the best antioxidants, which is why if you do not receive adequate Vitamin E from your diet you should apply it generously through a daily moisturizer. There are certain studies that also show if you take enough of Vitamin E over time you are able to procure less harm from UVB rays, providing more correlation between healthy skin and this powerful vitamin.
Recommended Cream with Vitamin E: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel.

Vitamin C

This vitamin is also said to have anti-aging properties when added to moisturizers for the face or body. Evidence has proven that this miracle antioxidant can help reduce UVB damage and in turn help to remove pesky dark spots. Dark spots can form from aging, acne scarring or too much sun exposure. Vitamin C will protect skin cells and repair damage that has been incurred from the sun’s damaging rays. It reduces pigmentation and help sunscreens to work more effectively.

Vitamin C also helps skin to become more effective in itself. It promotes the building of collagen and also helps to strengthen the barrier response of the skin. There are multiple types of Vitamin C additives and a few important things to remember when purchasing a moisturizer with this vitamin. Light can damage the vitamins in a product so only buy a moisturizer that’s packaging is opaque, never clear. The active ingredients that will give you a 3-10% chance of efficacy are: ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.
Effective Vitamin C Lotion: Revision Vitamin C Lotion.


We are all familiar with aloe if we have ever acquired a sunburn, it is a fantastic natural cooling agent for the skin when skin has been overexposed to UV rays. Aloe naturally contains Vitamins A, C, D and E and enzymes that calm irritation and inflammation, all of which makes it perfect for anyone who is suffering from acne. If you are on the hunt for moisturizers for acne prone skin, one with aloe would be the best bet. Aloe can also help to make stretch marks less apparent by healing the wounds created by the minor tears that had occurred when the skin experienced abrupt, excessive stretching.

This wonderful juice of a cactus plant is incredibly soothing and refreshing when added to a moisturizer, and is a great idea if you are struggling with acne and/or stretch marks.
Recommendation Moisturizer: Aloe Moisturizing Lotion.

Vitamin A

This magical vitamin is great for the skin and is found in carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes. Vitamin A was also the star of the first ever effective acne medication. It is also one of the only vitamins that allows you to decrease the wrinkles that you already have by stimulating the growth of Retinol which allows you to shed the top layer of your skin. Bad wounds and eczema are also healed more rapidly with the use of Vitamin A lotion.

It has been proven as a fantastic lotion vitamin additive that will heal skin inflammations effectively but also diminish wrinkles, Vitamin A is worth a shot in any daily moisturizer.
Vitamin A for Day and Night: Retinol Vitamin A Lotion.

Vitamin K

Using Vitamin K in lotions is an amazing cure for bruises and spider veins. It is also shown to reduce rosacea, burns and stretch marks as well. It is commonly utilized after surgery to help patients reduce their development of scars in the healing process. The addition of this vitamin in your moisturizer allows your body to repair and strengthen broken capillaries and accelerate the healing of deep and shallow tissue bruising. There is also some proof that having it in your lotion would multiple collagen.

You’re also able to cure dark under eyes with this fantastic vitamin in topical form. If you need a treatment for your spider vein problem, or have to clear up some bad bruises or wounds you would benefit greatly from a vitamin A rich moisturizer.
Dark Spot Fading Option: Restorative Vitamin K 4.5% Cream 2oz
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Cara is a writer and philosopher living on a working cattle ranch in Northern Arizona where she studies and works with with herbs, yoga and meditation to find natural healing remedies for common ailments. Find her blog where she shares her findings here or follow her on Facebook  for updates.

1 comment

  1. This was really informative. I don't really like to use moisturizer because of my acne prone skin, plus it makes me feel greasy when mixed with the hot Phoenix weather. But I know I need to use it to help stave off my wrinkles. The ones with retinol sound like a good match for me.