If you have skin that gets dry and flaky throughout the day, you know the struggle of getting anything done while resisting the urge to itch away. One way to potentially help you cure this problem is to find the right daily skin routine for you.
All humans are unique and that also applies to skin type. Therefore, all skin routines should be different, as there is no one size fits all for skincare routines. Finding the right products for you and your skin type is just as important as knowing the right order to apply the products and the techniques for application.
Daytime Skincare Routine for Dry Skin
When using products on your skin, it's important to let your skin breathe. That is why you should space out your routines, one in the morning and one at night.
The morning routine will be more focused on preventing damage. The outside world has a lot of things that can harm your skin, like pollution and UV rays.
Your nighttime routine will mostly be focused on repairing the damage that occurred during the day while also allowing your skin to recover while you're in bed.
All of these routines will have cleansing and moisturizing as these two steps are crucial to having that perfect skin.
1. Cleansing Lotion
The very first thing to do is cleanse your face. To ensure that you have that glowing skin, you need to clean and wash your face in order to remove all of the impurities coming from the harmful dirt, pollution and UV rays. Cleansing lotion is that first step to remove all of the buildup on your face.
For people with dry skin, facial cleanser with emollients will take away any build-up on your face. We recommend picking a product that is gentle on the skin and will not strip away any of the natural oils that your skin produces.
The toner’s job is to help finish off the job that you started with the cleansing lotion. Toners help tone your skin, helping remove any impurities left. Some toners can also reduce damage caused by UV rays while simultaneously calming skin and keeping it hydrated.
3. Antioxidant Serum
Serums with the right antioxidants can do a lot to benefit your skin.
Hyaluronic acid locks in moisture. Vitamin B3 and peptides boost production of collagen, an important protein that makes your skin look fresher and younger.
Combining Vitamin E and ferulic acid can help your skin look younger for longer. Chamomile is known to calm your skin.
A serum with antioxidants can help make your skin brighter, can help clear inflammation and can even help prevent aging.
“It takes a lot to shine without makeup; it takes courage, strength, self-esteem and a good serum” ― Hanya Marie
4. Moisturizer and SPF
The most important part of your daytime routine would be getting your skin hydrated with skin-moisturizing. Ensuring you have the right moisturizer for your skin type is one of the most important things to take care of. For dry skin, soft cream type moisturizers are recommended.
Ensuring that your moisturizer has sunscreen is a major component of this as well. The sun will have a negative effect on your skin com, so it is important to protect it.
“The sun sucks. I used to love the sun, but now I hate it because it just wants to kill everything. I always tell everyone, if you don't want to do skin care, fine, but at least put sunscreen on. The reason why we have little freckles, skin cancer, and wrinkles is because of the sun.”—Amber Liu
Night Skincare Routine for Dry Skin
1. Cleansing Lotion
One of the most important parts of a skincare routine is consistency. Making sure that you are doing this routine every night might be difficult, but it is essential to making that skin glow. A cleansing lotion is important to get rid of the impurities and dirt that will have accumulated the course of the entire day.
Toners are used to add more hydration to your skin. Most toners also come with other important elements like Alpha-hydroxy acids (for uniform skin tone) and niacinamide (for preventing hyperpigmentation).
“I end up just literally washing my face and putting on moisturizer and toner.”—Bella Hadid
Some toners possess other benefits as well, such as cleaning up makeup, clearing pores, reducing acne, and getting rid of dead skin cells. For the night time skin care routine, products with exfoliating acids are useful. Dab toner onto your face after the cleanser is applied. Ask a dermatologist to see what product is right for you and your skin type.
3. Retinol Serum
Retinol helps boost how fast your new skin cells grow. Using a Retinol serum will help to remove any dark spots and damage done to your skin during the day. Other ingredients in Retinol serum also have other ingredients that help with hydration and can calm your skin.
Retinol is used at night because it becomes unstable under the sun, causing it to break down when applied during the day. Make sure to choose a gentle formula of retinol—one that has no side effects like irritation and inflammation. Consult a dermatologist to help choose which Retinol serum to buy.
4. Eye Cream
Eye creams can help get rid of problems like dark circles and puffy eyes by targeting the skin directly surrounding your eyes. Eye creams with anti-aging properties will help minimize dark circles and lines. In order to try and reverse hyperpigmentation, look for brightening ingredients such as Vitamin C.
5. Hydrating Moisturizer
Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, and glycolic acid is the last step in your night routine: the hydrating moisturizer. These ingredients help with discoloration and aging, making your skin look better in the morning.
When picking products, target specific ingredients that work with your concerns. For example, fruit enzymes and hyaluronic acid are used to target blemishes and uneven skin tone. Almond oil will be used to soothe your skin. Make sure to consult an expert to choose the right product for your skin.
Boost Your Dry Skin Skincare
Here are some additional steps that you can supplement to your daily routine once a week to make that skin glow.
Overnight Face Masks
Overnight masks can help you hydrate your skin while you’re fast asleep. In the morning, that skin will be in a much better condition.
Add a Face Oil
Face oils are natural extracts that can help hydrate your skin, with some even brightening it up. An example of one such extract would be olive oil, known for brightening skin. Argan oil is known for clearing acne and hydration. Marula oil, for antibacterial properties.
You can use these face oils twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Consult a dermatologist before you apply face oils, since some might react negatively to your skin, causing irritation and skin inflammation, if not approved by professionals.
Use the Right Water
Not a lot of people think about the water that they use when washing their face. In fact, a lot of water can actually be very harmful to your skin.
One of the best ways to make sure to get cleaner water is with a FilterBaby. Getting rid of the impurities and and excess chlorine is what the FitlerBaby does!
By installing a Filterbaby on your faucet, you will drastically improve the quality of your water.
Better Water = Better Skin
The water that you use on your skin is one of the most important parts of your routine. A lot of water actually has a lot of impurities like excess chlorine and bacteria. These can damage your skin and make it more dry. With a Filter Baby water filter you can get cleaner, filtered water straight from your bathroom sink.
Do Not Use Hot Water
Dry skin and hot water do not mix at all. You might have noticed your dry skin getting worse after taking a long hot shower. Hot water can actually dry your skin out even more, causing irritation.
Lukewarm water is much more preferred, as well as shorter showers, 5 to 10 minutes maximum.
Consult a Dermatologist
When choosing which products to go with your skin, ensure that you are getting a professional opinion, because certain ingredients may cause skin inflammation. Consider a dermatologist or a doctor to find the best way to treat your skin.
The most important part of a skin routine is consistency. That is the only way to see those long term positive effects on your skin. It can take time for these results to come out, so be patient and stick with it.
“Skincare is like dieting. You have to invest time and effort. There is no instant miracle cure.”—Dr. Karen Grant