For years now I’ve received emails, messages, and DMs asking for custom skincare. routines. I LOVE doing these for readers but I started wondering how many people didn’t reach out but still had questions. So introducing a new series! The Skincare Guides. I’ll updates these as I have time with different skincare conditions, types, and situations. First up Dry Skin everything you need to know about creating a Dry Skincare Routine.
Dry skin is often confused with dehydrated skin. Dehydration is a condition whereas dry skin is a skin type. Meaning you are born with dry skin. Dehydration is usually environment-related or lifestyle-related. A quick way to tell if you have dry skin is by looking at the pore size of skin outside of the T zone. Many people with dry skin have the appearance of smaller pores outside of the T zone. Dry skin has nothing to do with water and everything to do with how much your skin produces oil. You can have dry skin AND dehydrated skin or even acne.
Now that we get the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin let’s talk about how to tell if your skin is dry.
Dry Skin Care Routine
Dry Skin Traits
- small pores
- flaky skin
- tight feel
- dull or rough appearance
- less elastic
What To Focus In On For A Dry Skincare Routine
Focus on A Proper Cleanse
Two spots I see clients struggle with dry skin is picking the wrong cleansers and buying expensive creams. GET. A. Great. Cleanser! Double cleansing at night is a must to regulate sebum production. Stick to a nice cleansing balm or oil to remove dirt, debris, oil, SPF, and makeup as a first PM cleanse. Follow up with a gentle milk–stay away from anything foaming or stripping. Remove your cleanser with a wash cloth to get the full benefit of a proper clean.
Introduce Face Oil
Mix a little face oil into your Dry Skincare Routine either after your moisturizer or press it directly into skin prior to moisturizing. For so long we’ve heard OIL FREE but our skin NEEDS oil to regulate oil.
Boosting A Dry Skincare Routine
Supplements will help boost your skincare but not replace it! Omega oils (think flax or fish oil supplements) will help both dry skin. I like Persona Supplements for a personalized solution. Just know supplements take many months to see improvement at the skin level.
Creating A Skincare Routine for Dry Skin
- Start with a proper cleanse. AM pick a gentle cleansing milk to help keep moisture in the skin. At night go with a balm or oil to remove makeup and prep the skin for a good cleanse. Follow with your milk cleanser. For dry skin I say STAY AWAY from wipes or micellar waters.
- Next up prep the skin with an acid toner. In the morning I prefer a gentle acid toner like Pixi Glow Tonic and a stronger one like Kate Somerville Exfolikate toner at night. *** If using Retinol skip the toner step on the night of toner***
- Eye creams go after toner. Always. Never at the end.
- Go in with your serums. These are personal choice and I say go for skin conditions on serums. So if your skin is also dehydrated pick serums to help with hydration and wrinkles for dark spots grab a niacinamide and brightening serum. This step should always have a Hyaluronic Acid in it along with a face oil for dry skin.
- Protect your skin and hold in all of that work with a rich and nourishing moisturizer. Many face creams like to add things in like serums or SPF– don’t bother with that. A simple nourishing cream with peptides, ceramides and glycerin.
- SPF!!! 50 or more.
Products To Use for Dry Skin
Have you tried any of the dry skin care routine products? Let me know in a comment below!