How to best hydrate your skin

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Essential oils are highly concentrated hydrophobic liquids which have strong scented compounds from plants; argan is a famous one and there are plenty of other options on offer. Most of these oils are quickly absorbed by the skin upon application, so they offer extra nourishment both alone and added to moisturiser.

Then there's glycerine, which you'll spot in the ingredients list of plenty of products and is a great way to plump up dry skin and retain moisture. So as well as leaving the surface of your skin feeling amazing, it will also maintain the nourishment below, hydrating your complexion for even longer.

Another option that works in a similar way is hyaluronic acid which, after absorbing moisture, swells up and fills any lines or wrinkles on show. Don't be frightened by the title 'acid' - it often comes in low levels to ensure safe application and gives great results over time.

And Vaseline lovers can rejoice when they learn petroleum is another top element for nourishment. It caters perfectly to chaffed, dry skin, though due its greasy consistency it's probably best left until night time to work its magic.

Last but not least, lipid molecules known as ceramides are waxy and thick, forming a strong outer layer on your skin to retain moisture. They're naturally formed by the body, but as you get older you can add extra tor your skin or face in the form of moisturisers or other nourishing beauty products.

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