With these long midsummer days, environmental exposure from sun and wind can make your skin feel rough, dry, and even chapped. Dehydrated skin looks more wrinkled, dull and gives an impression of increased age. Thankfully there are lots of skin care ingredients in MEG 21 with Supplamine skin care products that can create an oasis for desert dry skin. Here is a guide to help you identify skin care ingredients on product labels that will increase moisture, retain moisture, and prevent moisture loss from skin.


Take a Drink

Humectants bind to water in the atmosphere and draw water from the dermis (the lower layer of skin) to allow outer layers of skin to become increasingly hydrated. Excellent humectants include:

  • Glycerin (glycerol)
  • Glycols
  • Hyaluronic acid

Amino acids or peptides (hydrolyzed soy protein) and polysaccharides (dextrin) also help to take up water. A synthetic version of the natural humectant found in skin, pyrrolidinone carboxylic acid (PCA), is also an effective cosmetic ingredient. Since humectants work to bring water to the surface, it’s important to keep your body adequately hydrated for these ingredients to be effective.


Flakes be Gone

Emollients smooth the outer layer of skin to remove the ashy, flaky appearance of dry skin. They also make skin more pliable and give it a soft texture.  Look for the following emollients in your skincare products:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Jojoba oil
  • Squalane
  • Triglycerides
  • Phospholipids
  • Shea butter

Shield and Protect

Occlusives form a protective skin barrier to slow down moisture loss. For protection from environmental stressors that contribute to dry skin, use products containing the following ingredients:

  • Petrolatum
  • Lanolin
  • Cocoa butter
  • Silicone derivatives (cyclohexasiloxane, cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone)
  • Jojoba oil

The combination of humectant, emollient, and occlusive ingredients work together with Supplamine in MEG 21 skin care products to keep skin healthy and hydrated.  


Lynde, C.W. Moisturizers: what they are and how they work. Skin Therapy Lett. 2001 Dec;6(13):3-5.