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The Best Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin

The Best Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin

Navigating the world of skincare can be tricky when your skin leans toward dryness. The quest for the ideal skincare routine involves understanding the unique needs of dry skin, which is characterized by both a lack of moisture and a compromised skin barrier. Dry skin not only needs hydration, it needs a strategic approach to retain moisture, replenish its defenses, and fortify against external aggressors. In this blog post, we’ll share helpful skincare tips for dry skin, exploring the products and steps that can transform your daily regimen into a hydrating and protective ritual. Say goodbye to permanently parched skin and welcome a radiant, well-nourished complexion with our in-depth guide!


Dry Skin Up Close

A Few Basic Facts About Dry Skin 

Dry skin can compromise the skin's natural protective barrier, making it more susceptible to environmental stressors. Dermatologists note that the development of tiny cracks in the outer layer of dry skin hinders its ability to maintain proper hydration. Morning routines become crucial, especially for individuals with dry skin, to prep skin for the day. The ideal skincare routine for dry skin revolves around a consistent theme in dermatologists' recommendations: prioritizing products that retain moisture and provide protection against harmful UV rays. Explore the step-by-step guide ahead to create the ultimate skincare routine tailored for dry skin.


Ingredients For Dry Skin

What Are The Best Ingredients For Dry Skin?


A humectant is a component that attracts water into the skin, hair, or nails. This hydration can be sourced from the deeper layers of the skin or from the surrounding air, particularly in humid conditions. The significance of humectants lies in their ability to provide moisture without imparting a heavy or oily sensation. Common humectant ingredients include: glycerin, urea, AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), and hyaluronic acid.


Emollients are hydrating treatments specifically applied to the skin to provide soothing and moisture. These substances create a protective layer on the skin, boosting moisture and strengthening the skin barrier. Emollients are commonly used to alleviate dry, itchy, or scaly skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and ichthyosis. Examples of emollients include jojoba oil, squalene, and shea butter.


Occlusives represent a category of ingredients that form a protective barrier on the skin, effectively sealing in moisture. These ingredients create a protective seal on the skin's surface, preventing the loss of hydration into the environment. Additionally, they play a crucial role in shielding the skin from irritants, allergens, and other harmful particles. Common occlusives include ceramides, beeswax, and aloe vera.


Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin

The Best Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin

1. Avoid harsh, foaming, or gel cleansers

Foaming and gel cleansers, while often associated with a luxurious lather, may not be very dry skin friendly! Many dermatologists caution against cleansers formulated with sulfates, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, or ammonium laureth sulfate. These sulfates act as surfactants, cutting through skin oil. According to some skincare professionals, they are too harsh and can strip away essential moisture from the skin with each wash. Also, the excessive removal of oil compromises the protective skin barrier, essential for shielding the skin from environmental factors like UV rays or pollution. This effect is particularly challenging for individuals with drier skin types.

2.  Don’t Over-Exfoliate

Perhaps you find yourself using your facial cleansing brush excessively, or layering retinol and acid serums. Although these skincare steps might seem beneficial for your skin's appearance, they are, in fact, compromising your skin's moisture barrier. This can lead to surface dryness and irritation. According to many dermatologists, any form of exfoliation can be detrimental to the protective skin barrier, triggering an inflammatory response. While acute inflammation can stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, prolonged inflammation and barrier damage can happen and might lead to long-term skin concerns. This is particularly true when the skin is already dry, and excessive exfoliation exacerbates the problem.

3. Use A Face Oil Under Your Moisturizer

The essential components of a robust skin barrier include cholesterol, ceramides, and free fatty acids. The effectiveness of a product for dry skin lies in its ability to restore this skin barrier. Including oils in your routine is super important, specifically those oils naturally present in healthy skin. Worried that using oils will lead to pore-clogging? A product won't have this effect if the oils are highly purified and free from contaminants. Replenishing the skin barrier with high-quality oils is crucial to maintain the skin barrier so it can keep moisture in.

4.  Don’t Shower With Hot Water

Resisting the allure of a hot shower, especially in winter, can be tough, but opting for lukewarm water is kinder to your skin. Hot water tends to strip away moisture and might harm your skin barrier, which is not ideal for dry skin. It's not just your skin that suffers; hot water can also rob your hair of moisture. While dialing down the temperature might feel challenging initially, a lukewarm shower is a win-win for your skin and hair. Your skin will appreciate the gentler approach.

5. Use A Night Cream

While some people skip night creams to let their skin "breathe," skincare experts emphasize the importance of using moisturizer at night. Night creams prove most effective during the skin's repair mode while we sleep. During the day, our skin is in protection mode, defending against UV rays and pollution. At night, when the skin is at rest, its permeability is at its peak, allowing active ingredients to deeply absorb. This is the ideal time to address skincare concerns, especially dryness. Any moisturizer without SPF can work as a night cream, catering to your skin type.


Our Best Products For Dry Skin

Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream

Augustinus Bader's The Rich Cream is an intensely luxurious, hydrating and nourishing formula. This outstanding moisturizer deeply hydrates, conditions, and renews for soft, even, restored skin.

Epionce Milky Lotion Cleanser

The ultimate daily cleanser for dry and sensitive skin types, Milky Lotion Cleanser gently removes makeup, pollutants, dirt particles, and other surface impurities.

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel

Hydrating B5 Gel replenishes nutrients the skin needs to feel smooth and appear younger. This oil free moisturizer combines vitamin B5 with hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural hydrator, to help bind moisture to the skin.

Yon-Ka Lait Nettoyant

A non-stripping, luxurious cleansing milk that is ideal for all skin types, especially dry or dehydrated skin. This is a 2-in-1 cleanser and makeup remover that sweeps away all traces of makeup, pollution, and SPF. 

Obagi Hydrate Luxe

This non-comedogenic moisturizer provides overnight, ultra-rich moisturization and has a luxurious, balm-like texture. Additional moisturizing ingredients such as shea butter, mango butter, avocado and glycerin further help combat dryness.