The Best Lotions to Help You Recover From a Beach or Pool Day

The Best Lotion Ingredients

That cold, dry winter weather is gone for good! If it depleted your medicine cabinet’s supply of moisturizers and lotions, you might be shopping around for some new products. But where do you start? With so many options on the market, here are some ingredients we recommend looking out for to help you pluck the best options from the shelf.

Glycerin, glycols, polyols

Glycerin is a humectant that moisturizes your skin by settling into the uppermost layers of your skin, then drawing water from the air and into the skin’s outer layer. It shields your skin from environmental irritants and restores its resiliency and softness.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is a powerful skincare ingredient that can simultaneously plump and soften skin. It is naturally found in our skin, but is frequently depleted by aging and environmental factors. It is so effective, it is also said to speed up the healing process on wounds and relieve joint pain. You can also find this ingredient in eye drops, where it works to relieve severe dry eye.


Ceramides are fatty acids that help the skin retain moisture. Ceramides are the lipids that already exist between your skin cells and protect your skin from environmental stressors like pollution and sun damage. Although they are naturally occurring, they can be depleted over time, causing wrinkles and rough, dry skin. Products with ceramides return your skin to the plump, dewy complexion you had in your youth.

Sodium PCA

Sodium PCA is a humectant that is very effective in moisturizing your skin. It occurs naturally in your skin, but it diminishes as you age. Like ceramides, PCA connects skin cells and helps prevent the cells from losing water unnecessarily.


Dimethicone is found in many oil-free moisturizers. It forms a thin layer on your skin, hiding fine lines and blemishes. Because it is an emollient, it also helps keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.

Other ingredients that perform similar functions are glycols, lanolin, isopropyl palmitate, ascorbic acid, citric acid, salicylic acid, retinol, and cyclomethicone.

For all your skincare needs, contact the experts at Coastal Dermatology Center.