Dull complexion, flakey skin, an uncomfortable, too-tight feeling around your face: If you have dry skin, you are all too familiar with these challenges.
But dry skin isn’t an unsolvable problem. With the right skin care routine, you can repair your hydration issues and enjoy the feeling of moisturized, balanced skin.
What causes dry skin?
Like all skin issues, dry skin can be caused by several factors including environmental, hormonal and genetic. Dry skin produces less sebum than normal skin, and sebum is a substance that helps skin retain moisture.
Without enough sebum, skin lacks the oil it needs to maintain a healthy moisture barrier. As we age, our skin also loses some of its ability to retain moisture, so it’s normal and natural to notice your skin trending to be drier as you get older.
Weather and seasonal changes can also affect your skin. Wintertime is especially harsh on dry skin because of the dry heating systems and lack of moisture in the air in many parts of the country.
You could also be unintentionally making your dry skin worse by take showers or baths that are too hot. Hot water dries out skin, so if you’re already prone to dry skin you might want to skip the steamy shower in favor of cooler temps or at least keep it short. Harsh soaps and chlorinated pools are not your skin’s friend, either.
Dry skin patches? Scaly skin? Flaky skin?
Think about how your face feels after you wash it but before you put on moisturizer. Does it feel tight and stretched? Is it uncomfortable? That feeling is usually a sign of dry skin. Flakes, especially around your eyebrows and the corners of your nose, are also a sign of dry skin, as is skin that looks scaley.
You may notice your skin becomes red and irritated easily because of your compromised moisture barrier. If you have a skin condition like eczema, you may also be more prone to developing dry skin.
What is different about a skin care routine for dry skin?
A routine for dry skin should focus on providing moisture without adding extra irritants that could anger your already-sensitive skin. Dry skin is more prone to irritation so it’s important to choose gentle products for your routine.
Richer, more intense moisturizers are a great addition since dry skin needs all the help it can get adding and retaining hydration. And, as we said above, make sure to pay close attention to water temperature when washing—not too hot!
Skin care routine for dry skin
When creating a routine for your dry skin, look for products that emphasize moisturizing and hydration and stay away from products aimed at oily or acne-prone skin, as they may inadvertently dry you out even more.
Cleanser for dry skin
A good cleanser for dry skin is one that can remove makeup while adding hydration. The key is to gently remove impurities without stripping skin of additional moisture.
Use a gentle cleanser specially formulated for dry skin, like Artistry Skin Nutrition™ Hydrating Mousse Cleanser and splash your face with lukewarm water instead of hot water.
If you’re wearing a lot of makeup, resist the urge to scrub harder to get it all off — that will just irritate dry skin even more. Instead, before cleansing, use a micellar water makeup remover like Artistry Skin Nutrition Micellar Makeup Remover + Cleanser.
Micellar water gently lifts away makeup (even waterproof!) without needing to scrub or rub. Use it on its own or follow it up with the mousse cleanser for clean skin that’s not stripped of moisture.
Toner for dry skin
It’s especially important for sensitive, dry skin to avoid harsh toners with an overabundance of alcohol or other drying ingredients. Instead, use an alcohol-free toner that conditions and balances your skin’s microbiome, like Artistry Skin Nutrition Smoothing Toner. The right toner will gently condition your skin and add hydration that your moisturizer will help lock in.
Moisturizers for dry skin
You should have two moisturizers for dry skin: one with SPF for daytime, and one without for night. Dry skin already has the tendency to look dull and sun damage only accelerates that, so make sure to use a minimum SPF 30 moisturizer during the day to both hydrate and protect against further damage.
A moisturizer like Artistry Skin Nutrition Hydrating Day Lotion SPF 30 hydrates and protects skin all day without a greasy sheen.
For night, incorporate a more nourishing cream moisturizer into your skin care routine. Your skin repairs itself while you’re sleeping, so give it a helping hand with an ultra-rich hydrating formula. Artistry Skin Nutrition™ Hydrating Gel Cream floods skin with weightless moisture to maintain elasticity and hydration levels without feeling greasy or heavy so you can wake up to hydrated, glowing skin.
Dry skin doesn’t have to stay that way. With the right skin care routine and products, you can find your way to brighter, more moisturized skin in no time. For more personalized guidance, download the Artistry Virtual Beauty App on your on your iOS® or Android® device to help determine the skin care products that are best for you!
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