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Skin Moisture

Research analysis led by Kamal Patel.
All content reviewed by the Examine.com Team. Published: Jun 28, 2017
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Summary of Skin Moisture

Primary Information, Benefits, Effects, and Important Facts

Scientific Information on Skin Moisture

Human Effect Matrix

The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies (it excludes animal and in vitro studies) to tell you what supplements affect skin moisture
Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
grade-c Notable Very High See 2 studies
Appears to be comparable to mineral oil, the active control
grade-c - - See study
grade-c - Very High See all 3 studies
Oral supplementation of cocoa flavanols does not appear to significantly influence skin hydration when compared to placebo.
grade-d Notable - See study
The lone study assessing the effects of topical application of 0.3% ginkgo flavonoids in a cream noted a 28% increase in skin moisture content over 28 days, a highly relevant increase.
grade-d Minor - See study
Topical application of a 3% moringa leaf cream for three winter months appeared to increase skin hydration status relative to control cream.
grade-d Minor - See study
3 g of oral rose hip powder over 8 weeks increased the moisture content of the skin of the forehead.
grade-d Minor - See study
An increase in skin moisture has been noted with topical chia seed application (4% of the solution being chia oil)
grade-d - - See study
Acute topical application of a cream containing saffron has failed to cause significant changes in skin moisture content over the course of seven hours.