Are you constantly seeking to make your skin more moisturised?
But the longer your skin is dry, the more products you acquire.
And does finding a suitable skincare routine seem like an exhaustive multi-step process?
A good routine isn’t about as many steps to take before bed.
The key, infact, is daily prevention and nurturing through layering.
And understanding exactly how to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturise your skin.
So join us as we look at the skincare routine for dry skin.
With our expert tips from the Gods of Hydration, your skin will soon be moisturised.
Step1. Start with the eye cleanse
The first step is to cleanse your eyes with an oil-based eye makeup remover to melt off your mascara.
Be careful not to get overzealous, as you could overload the delicate tissue around your eyes, which will cause more more dryness and irritation.
Your eye cleanse is the initial calm before the storm step, as you prepare for skincare justice to be served in the form of cleansing.
Step 2: Use a non-foaming cleanser
Dry skin types love a nourishing oil or cream cleanser.
This is because they dont disrupt your skin’s barrier function like many foaming surfactant-based cleaners.
So choose a cleanser that will gently cleanse whilst leaving your delicate acid mantle and existing hydration intact.
Miracle cleanse is a thrill to use on dry skin and continues to be the bedrock for many of our client’s dry skin care routine.
It’s chock full of fatty acids, protective antioxidants and phospholipids—intelligent ingredients that works as both an emulsifier and a thickener, helping to buffer the contact of cleansing agents against your skin.
Gently massage the cold-pressed oils and organic botanicals into your skin to break down those stubborn makeup bonds, which also helps remove ageing free radicals that build up on your skin throughout the day and gently rinse.
Step 3. Something to exfoliate with
We hear you. When your skin is dry, dull and flaky, it is tempting to want to exfoliate it away.
You take off one layer of skin cells, and suddenly, you’re a shining, wrinkle-less star.
But what happens when you take off another layer and then another? Nothing good will come of this approach.
It is essential to understand that harsh scrubs and chemical exfoliators can make your skin even drier and cause tiny micro tears, which undermine your skin’s protective barrier and cause a whole host of skin conditions.
Instead, give your skin what it really needs and that is hydration and if you must exfoliate, use a very light and gentle exfoliant that is powder based or use one containing urea or lactic acid.
This is the final step of your exorcism phase yay! Now that your skin is feeling fresh, let’s move to the first step of your product layering routine, and that is toners.
Step 4. Something to Spritz with
A toner or essence spritzed on your face is the perfect antidote for dry skin,
A well-formulated toner loaded with humectants like hyaluronic, sodium PCA and urea will helps to hydrate and remove residue from your cleanser.
Toners bring intense moisture and restore your skin’s pH, balancing your acid mantle and replenishing the delicate microflora whilst prepping your skin for the next essential step, your serum.
Step 5. Super concentrated serums
Just like a Pandora charm bracelet, you are free to tack on as many serums as you feel your skin requires.
Layering products is important because if your skin is dry, it lacks oil. If it is dehydrated, it lacks water.
If your skin falls between the two, you will want to add a humectant-rich formula that works like a drink of water for your skin.
Humectants do this better than other ingredients because they lock in moisture against your skin and prevent it from escaping. This study (1) on urea found that it helped to increasing hydration in the skin and improve the skin barrier’s integrity.
Quench is a weightless gel cream that unlocks your skin’s aquaporins—the tiny microchannels that transport water deep into your skin layers—and even helps create new ones, which means your skin feels deeply hydrated, fast.
However, if your skin feels tight and has tiny pores, this is an indication it is really dry, and this is where your cold-pressed botanical oils for dry skin will come in.
They are emolients that will give your skin that much-needed moisture boost.
This study demonstrated (2), that emollients consist mostly of lipids, which significantly increase skin softness, hydration, smoothness and flexibility.
Biolipid skin shot is the perfect example; think of liquid-gold vitamins for your face as you massage it into your skin.
Contining plant-derived oils like squalane, sea buckthorn, and rosehip, which are proven inflammation reducers that promote wound healing and skin barrier repair.
Next lets step up your moisture game further with your protective moisturiser.
Step 6. Pack an extra punch of moisture
On the moisturiser front, Fortify barrier repair cream is a lush, buttery cream that coddles your skin with a protective, healing film of barrier-repairing ingredients.
A quadruple complex of conditioning ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids that protects your face from irritation and reinforces the lipid barrier.
These ingredients are incredibly nourishing and healing, softening rough cells and forming a protective seal over the surface of your skin. to energise, replenish and comfort a skin lacking in lipids.
This article does a great job of breaking down what to look for in a dry skin cream.
Step 7. Don’t overlook your eye cream
This is a self-explanatory product, but take note of the technique.
Gently tap around your eye area, to help with absorption and eliminate any tugging and pulling of th delicate skin around your eye.
Revital eye cream has the moisture levels of thick cream but with a weightless, cloud-like texture, which removes any rough patches or flakiness.
Containing both Vitamin A and Q10, it helps to minimise the appearance of dark circles and fine lines.
Next up in your skincare routine for dry skin is your luscious treatment balm, and now nothing will be able to stop you.
Step 8. Balms are a dry skin cream
Ceramide barrier repair balm is responsibly sourced, organic where possible, and packed with every exotic oil you can think of.
Ceramides, essential fatty acids and a mesotherapy-inspired complex of exotic oils synergistically combined in a melting balm that’s based on botanical oils and lipids..
The consistency of Ceramide balm is emollient straight out of the jar, once you rub it between your fingers, it melts into a lightweight oil with a noticeable slip, and it doesn’t sit heavy on your skin.
There are calming blue essential oils to soothe your mind and settle your soul.
Or you could use a fluffy skin-softening concoction like Nectar treatment balm that will coddle your precious lipids. The texture feels like fancy vaseline, plus it has manuka honey to kill bacteria and a double bonus is that it smells like pineapple upside-down cake.
Next, let’s move on to your night cream.
Really we hear you say, are you suggesting that I apply another layer?
We are indeed, you should of noticed by now that a skincare routine for dry skin is all about layering.
Step 9. All hail the night cream
By this point, your face is beginning to feel slightly mummified with a dewy, “moist glow. And your once-dry skin is surely sinking into oblivion.
Your skin needs to reset, and giving it an intense moisture treatment with occlusive like this study demonstrated (3) as you recharge overnight is the perfect antidote.
Step 10. Sun protection!!
The sun will always be your nemesis, especially when you are dealing with compromised skin.
That’s when UV rays can wreak even more havoc causing dark spots and inflammation. So lay on the sunscreen!
To conclude. The naked truth
Whilst it might appear so at first glance like I tell all our clients, this routine really only takes 5 minutes out of your day.
Dry skin does require extra TLC as it is far more complicated than you would first think.
This is simply because there are so many conditions going on with your skin, it can be flaky, parched, dull, sensitised, and have a tight feeling.
Dry skin requires extra protection and added nourishment to heal and regain its balance.in order to return it back to its youthful, dewy glow, so treat it with care.
Hence, why we recommend introducing humectants, balancing oils, moisture-locking butters and conditioning ceramides into your dry skin care routine to help regenerate your skin.
And with all those nourishing ingredients, it’s actually a real therapeutic treat to pamper your skin.
1.Urea in Dermatology: Its Emollient, Moisturizing, Keratolytic, Skin Barrier Enhancing Properties.
2.The Role of Moisturizers in Addressing Various Kinds of Dermatitis: A Review.
3. A Review of Moisturizers; History, Preparation, Characterization and Applications.