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The Skin-Softening Ingredients You Need in your Bathroom Now

Dry skin doesn't stand a chance against these hydrating workhorses that will have your skin feeling silky smooth in no time
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If you're slathering on moisturizers and lotions but find that you're still suffering from dry, itchy skin, it could be because you're reaching for products packed with the wrong ingredients. In order to get supersoft, silky skin, you not only need to attract moisture, but you need to lock it in by maintaining your skin's protective barrier -- and it turns out certain ingredients do a better job of doing that than others.

So, what should you look out for on an ingredients label to make sure your skin is no longer thirsty for some hydrating relief? We've rounded up the must-have ingredients that will alleviate every ashy skin ailment.

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Aloe
Need a go-to source for combating superdry skin? Aloe be thy name. This plant's moisturizing gel has anti-inflammatory properties that have been found effective in treating everything from eczema -- you know, the medical condition that causes people to suffer from dry, itchy patches of skin -- to dandruff to burn wounds.

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Coconut Oil
You already know this natural ingredient as a multitasking workhorse that can help with everything from hydrating skin to removing makeup. But did you know that part of the reason it's so effective as a moisturizer is because it creates a protective barrier that locks moisture into skin? Yep, it's what dermatologists call an occlusive agent (#science). Burt's Bees' coconut oil rich Facial Cleansing Oil lets you take advantage this ingredient's moisturizing benefits, as well as its ability to act as a makeup remover. Bonus: No messy DIY mason jar storage necessary.

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Rosehip Seed Oil
If dry skin isn't your only complexion concern, you might want to experiment with this multipurpose powerhouse. Not only does this oil help hydrate skin, but it is thought to fade dark spots and acne scars. Oh, and did we mention it's full of antioxidants? Packed with vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, this ingredient will help you battle drying and the signs of aging.

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Shea Butter
This natural fat packs vitamins A and E, to leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. Research also indicates that it's a natural anti-inflammatory. Bonus: It helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

FEB 24, 2016 | SHARES
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