I find the Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is drying to my skin. Is this normal?
A small percentage of people experience drier skin after using the cream. This issue is caused by one of the moisturizing agents in the cream called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that works to moisturize the skin by absorbing moisture both from the environment and deeper skin layers. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin but its supply generally declines as we age. In a minority of people, topically applied hyaluronic acid doesn't work to moisturize the outer skin. This is sometimes caused by the skin being blocked by petroleum-based moisturizers like mineral oil or petrolatum. A two week wait can fix this. Another possible remedy to preventing drier skin is to use the cream only once a day instead of twice. The cream should also be applied as a light coating and not too heavy. Another possible solution is to exfoliate the skin to enable the hyaluronic acid to penetrate better. A weekly exfoliation is suggested as a good practice in general.