Moisturizing cream – How does it work and what can you do so that it works better?

Hey! Moisturizing cream is an indispensable element of everyday care… I mean, I hope that you moisturize your skin and use day and night creams. It is basic skincare for everyone because every skin needs hydration. Have you ever reflect over the fact of how moisturizing cream works? What ingredients ensure these properties and effectiveness? Today, I’d like to talk a bit about hydration and what can be a perfect boost for your face cream.

How does moisturizing cream work?

Moisturizing cream has a simple task – to improve the water level in the skin. What does it mean? No, it doesn’t mean that cream is infusing your epidermis with water, it rather blocks water from getting out. How does it do that? By strengthening skin barrier – as it is responsible for preventing the water from evaporation, additionally the ability to bind water cells in the skin is improved. Usually, moisturizing creams are lightweight and absorb fast so the effects are almost immediate in the form of soft and smooth skin. Moreover, high-quality cream will not only work fast but also bring long-lasting hydration.

Facial serum – strong boost for the cream

Do you use a face serum? If not, I strongly recommend it 🙂 It was developed to penetrate deeper skin layers and maintain proper hydration levels in those parts. The true champion it this category is hyaluronic acid – its small particles were sort of made to be used in the serum – it reaches under the many layers of the skin and catches the water particles to prevent them from leaving the skin. The serum protects you against TEWL like none other!

Moisturizing ingredients in creams

As promised, I will now tell you more about what moisturizes in the cream or serum and which ingredients you should look for in cosmetics.

Hyaluronic acid

The true champion of moisturizing. It is naturally present in the organism. It’s Glycosaminoglycans; along with collagen and elastin, it makes skin structure. Obviously with passing time the concentration of it in the skin decreases and so there is less water in the skin and wrinkles appear because the skin becomes loose. Hyaluronic acid with its small particles is believed to be one of the most effective moisturizing ingredients. One hyaluronic acid particle can hold and retain about 250 particles of water in the skin 🙂 Record-holder!


Obviously, it is a precious youth protein that is present in the human organism and ensures epidermis with suppleness. In cosmetology is used collagen hydrolyzate which leaves skin with a protective layer and prevents dehydration of the skin. Skin needs to be provided with collagen because its levels also decrease with age. Tough luck, we seem to lose everything with age 🙂


It’s a polyol (yes, alcohol but the ‘good’ one’) that penetrates the epidermis and reaches intercellular space. It is a really important ingredient in cosmetics because it fulfills the role of moisturizing substances or emollient.

Petroleum jelly

It is a hydrocarbons mix. As an emollient softens and smoothes out. Thanks to it, the protective layer is created on the skin to prevent dryness. It more appreciated as an ingredient in cosmetics for the body rather than the face because petroleum jelly is quite clogging and heavy for the skin so the excess use can clog the pores.


It is a protein metabolic product present in urine and sweat. Urea is often used in creams because it’s cheap and very effectively protects against TEWL. It has moisturizing properties if its concentration in cream is no higher than 10%.


Chemical lipid compounds which are really important as they are part of cellular skin structure. Obviously, its content decreases with age (as everything that’s precious) so you need to replenish its deficits and try synthetic ceramides as they can restore skin with proper hydration level.


It is a particle in the hydrocarbons group. It protects the skin against dehydration and eliminates bacteria. Squalene is one of the modern cosmetology discoveries even though we know it for way longer because in the natural form it is present in jojoba oil. Squalene not only moisturizes dry skin but also regulates sebum of the oily skin. Very precious smarty-pants. If you look for good quality squalene, go for jojoba oil.

Do you know any of these ingredients? Maybe you have some of them in your cream? You should check the INCI 🙂 I’m curious if you know any high-quality moisturizing cream or serum – share it with me in the comments below! 🙂