Looking for skincare for dry skin? Dry skin simply means that it can’t protect itself as well it should from the outside environment. When it’s dry, it can develop tiny cracks in your outer layer which interferes with the ability to main proper hydration.
Dry skin can first be attributed with tightness and roughness, but may eventually lead to really tight skin, scaly, chapped, or itchy surfaces. Prolonged dry skin can induce fine lines which contribute to premature aging and wrinkles.
This is why you need to choose the right products to give your skin that extra boost of hydration. We’ve rounded up products, facials, masks, and tips to incorporate into your skincare routine if you suffer from dry skin.
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Tips with Dry Skin:
Wash with Lukewarm Water
Washing your face with hot water can strip the skin of essential oils leading to drier skin. Switch to lukewarm water when washing your face both in and out of the shower to save your complexion.
Layer Oils and Moisturizers
The best way to apply moisturizers is to slightly damp skin, both in the morning and at night. If you’re confused about what types of facial moisturizers to include, why not both oils and creams? Massage 4-5 drops of facial oil into your skin and then top with a moisturizer. This double dose helps trap the oil and moisture into the skin.
Shop Facial Oils
Elemis Superfood Facial Oil (link)
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil (link)
The Ordinary Rosehip Seed Oil (link)
Shop Facial Moisturizers:
Versed Skin Soak Rich Moisture Cream (link)
Clinique Moisture Surge (link)
Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream (link)
Choose a Non-Foaming Cleanser
Look for cleansers that have hydrating properties like hyaluronic acid that are non-foaming. Cleansers like this will remove dirt and oil, but won’t disrupt your outer layer of skin the way a lot of foaming cleansers can do. These gentle face washes are best for dry skin.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (link)
CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash for Normal to Dry Skin (link)
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (link)
Stop Using Harsh Exfoliants
When you see dry or flaky skin, a lot of people’s first reaction is to exfoliate it. But harsh scrubs and exfoliants often cause more harm than good. Instead of exfoliating, your skin actually needs hydration. If you must exfoliate, reach for a light one instead.
Tatcha’s Rice Enzyme Powder (link)
Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant (link)
SRB Rice Enzyme Powder (link)
(PS: This is said to be a great dupe to the Tatcha version and ⅓ of the price!)
Facials to Try
Because of dry skin’s dehydration, it can slow the skin’s natural exfoliating cycle. Facials that include any sort of enzymes will help with gentle exfoliation and can help rejuvenate your dry skin.
And to tackle the anti-aging process that dry skin can induce, look to oxygen and European facials. Oxygen facials are a celebrity favorite often done right before big events. They plump the skin with nutrients and oxygen to target fine lines and wrinkles. A lot of oxygen facials are also infused with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and acne medication, so you can tackle acne-prone skin in addition to helping boost the skin’s hydration.
A European facial consists of a cleanse, exfoliation, extraction, steam, and massage. They focus less on extractions than other deep cleansing facials and instead more on exfoliation. This is great for dry skin that may not be removing dead skin cells and encouraging new skin cells as often as normal producing skin.
I hope this helped develop and add a few products to quench dry skin’s thirst. To check out an all-inclusive guide to skincare for oily skin, check here.
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