Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin

Last Updated on November 2, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Looking for a skin care routine for dry skin? As I age, I’ve noticed that my skin is less oily and drier. Check out these tips for caring for dry skin.

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Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin in the Winter Months


Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin

While I used to have to worry about finding products for oily skin, I find myself focusing more on establishing a healthy skincare routine for dry skin. Moisturizing is an important part of this routine.

One thing that I’ve noticed about products for dry skin is that many are very heavy and almost greasy. I really don’t like the way they feel on my skin. I have been looking for products that moisturize my skin but are light enough not to feel heavy after I’ve applied them. This skincare routine for dry skin is working for me.

How do I start a skincare routine?

The most important thing to do is to create a routine and stick to it. Be realistic about the number of steps your routine will have. And, be sure to consider that you might need different products in the evening than you do in the morning.

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How do you fix dry skin?

No matter what type of skin you have, it’s important to remove any sunscreen completely each night. Even if you cannot feel it on your skin any longer, the residue is still there.

You should cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser. Stay away from foaming cleansers as they often contain alcohol which is drying to your skin.

You may want to use a gentle exfoliation product to remove any dead skin cells. Because I have sensitive skin, I often skip this step and exfoliate only once or twice a week.

Follow up with a light moisturizer that will leave your skin feeling soft without any heavy, greasy feeling after. Choosing the right skincare products can really make your skin glow.

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What product is good for dry skin?

When choosing skin care products for dry skin, it’s important to avoid those that contain alcohol, salicylic acid, and sodium lauryl sulfate. These ingredients can all be very drying.

Instead, look for products that contain botanicals like aloe vera, green tea, and chamomile. And, you can look for products that have shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera.

What age should you start skin care routine?

You should start a skin care routine as early as possible. I only wish that I had started paying attention to my skin in my twenties rather than in my forties. Today is the very best day to being a new skin care routine.

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What soap is best for dry skin?

I prefer to use a liquid cleanser rather than bar soap. Bar soap is really better for your body than your face. Look for a soap that contains gentle ingredients that are moisturizing.

If you have dry, sensitive skin, you will want soap or a cleanser that is calming to keep breakouts under control. Products labeled brightening are best suited for mature skin that looks dull.

Best ingredients for hydrated skin

A few things that you can look for when choosing products are:

  • Shea butter
  • Mango butter
  • Rosehip seed oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Avocado oil
  • and Pistachio oil

You can learn more about what types of ingredients to avoid here.

What steps should I follow?

Your morning skin care routine for dry skin should contain the following steps:

  • Cleanse with a gentle cleanser
  • Tone with a hydrating toner
  • Repair with a hydrating serum
  • Moisturize with a light moisturizer

Your evening skin care routine for dry skin should consist of these steps:

  • Cleanse with a gentle cleanser
  • Apply an under-eye moisturizer
  • Apply a deeply hydrating moisturizer

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Other lifestyle choices to make

There are many things that can cause your skin to become dry including lifestyle choices. Smoking can age your skin. To keep your skin hydrated, it’s important that you drink lots of water. I find it’s helpful to use an app on my phone to remind me when I need to drink more.

It’s also very important to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Always wear a sunscreen that is at least an SPF30 when you go outside.

I hope that this skin care routine for dry skin will work for you.

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