Common Face Moisturizer Ingredients

Do you know what is inside of your moisturizer? Most women don’t actually know what makes up the stuff they put on their face. This is a very delicate part of your body, however, and it is important for you to understand exactly what you are putting on it. What if you are allergic to one of the ingredients? I think you should always check to see what ingredients are used to make things that you use on your body.

When you look at the back of your face cream you will usually see a lot of strange, very scientific sounding names but, thankfully, I am quite knowledgeable about what goes into face creams and I am happy to share some of this knowledge with you. Here is a brief explanation of some of the ingredients you will be likely to find listed on the back of your favorite face moisturizer, as well as info on how they work to give you better-looking, healthier skin.


The best facial moisturizers will normally contain a mix of several different antioxidants. They can be found in many different sources and in abundant supply. Antioxidants are in things like Vitamin A, C and E, grapeseed oil, coffeeberry extract, and green tea extract. It is because these ingredients contain a lot of antioxidants that they are commonly found as ingredients in facial moisturizers. They are helpful in preventing some damage that free radicals can cause and they can be either applied to the skin or taken internally.

Anti-Irritants or Soothing Agents

You are likely to find soothing agents like aloe, chamomile extract, and allantoin in your face moisturizer. When these types of ingredients are added it is usually to counteract the effects of other ingredients like artificial fragrances that can sometimes cause irritation. No one wants to be walking around with irritated skin on their face, so having smoothing agents can be very beneficial.


Humectants help your skin attract moisture and retain it. Ingredients like glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, and sorbitol help to attract water to the cells of the skin. When the water gets to the skin cells they will swell a little and this gives the skin a very smooth, wrinkle-free appearance. You can see why humectants are very desirable ingredients in facial moisturizers.

UVA Protection

Most women think that you only need UVA protection in your facial cream during the summer months but this is just not true. Even in the winter your skin can be damaged from the sun. Yes, sun damage in the summer is more obvious but it can happen in the winter too, so you should ideally get a moisturizer that has UVA protection with an SPF rating of at least 30.


These include things like lanolin, dimethicone, and paraffin. They are commonly used in moisturizers because they form a barrier on the skin’s epidermis. This barrier will prevent the skin from loosing moisture whenever it is exposed to the wind or very dry air. When you apply moisturizers containing occlusives on your skin it will help it to retain moisture and be soft and smooth rather than dry and brittle.

Those are some of the ingredients that you will see popping up on face moisturizer labels very often. Now that you know what they mean and how they work you will be able to make a more informed decision the next time you purchase a facial moisturizer.