Winter may be over but some people experience dry skin all year round. The most common skin type is dry skin. You know you have dry skin if you regularly experience flaky and itchy skin. Now it is important to note that these symptoms can be temporary for some as dry skin can be seasonal due to your environment. This dry skin type can be mistaken for dehydrated skin as both have similar symptoms but dehydrated skin is temporary and not an actual skin type. If you suffer from dry skin all year round and haven't gotten your skincare routine right, this is the perfect guide for you!
Step 1: Cleanse
The obvious first step no matter what your skin type is would be going in with a cleanser. Now there are plenty of cleansers you could use when you have dry skin but let's start with the ones you should avoid. Foaming cleansers are extremely drying so you want to get a cleanser that is going to provide the skin with hydration and moisturization. Cleansers with natural oils, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides are going to work in your favor! It is important to avoid cleansers with salicylic acid and glycolic acid. These ingredients further reduce the oil in your skin, only making your dry skin worse.
Step 2: Tone
Even though your skin is dry does not mean you need to avoid toning. You need to find a hydrating toner such as the Rose Renewal Toner. This toner uses organic aloe vera and rose water which both provide moisture to the skin. Dry skin can tend to be flaky and inflamed, these ingredients help soothe the skin and retain moisture. Other ingredients that soothe and hydrate the skin include Vitamin E, chamomile and essential oils, and fruit extracts. Toners with large concentrations of alcohol, salicylic acid, and astringents are only going to dry out your skin even more, this is why it is important to utilize moisturizing toners. Your dry skin will not be dried out but instead moisturized bringing balance to the skin.
Step 3: Serum & Moisturize
This is probably the most important step to help your dry skin. Using facial oils should be used if you have extremely dry skin. Serums are great at penetrating moisture deep in the skin. For dry skin, it is best to use hydrating serums that contain hyaluronic acid. If you do use a serum, follow up with a moisturizer or butter. Shea butter and cocoa butter are great at providing moisture for dry skin. Moisturizers with Hyaluronic acid and Ceramides are going to be your best choice. Flora and Noor’s Rose Renewal 24/7 Ceramide and Tri-peptide Moisturizer is packed with peptides, ceramides, rose water, and hyaluronic acid to enhance the skin’s moisture barrier function to optimize hydration for a radiant complexion. There is also shea butter in this moisturizer which is another great moisturizer on its own for dry skin. You should also make note that if your moisturizer is very thick you might want to skip any oils and serums.
Weekly Steps: Exfoliation & Masks
Exfoliating and applying masks should be incorporated into your routine on a weekly basis. Chemical exfoliators are good for dry skin as they get rid of all the flaking and dead skin. If using a chemical exfoliator you only need to use it once a week as doing it any more could harm your skin. It is also good to do masks weekly as well. For dry skin, opt for gel or cream masks. The Berry Oxygen Mask With Glycolic Acid uses Hyaluronic Acid which attracts water to the skin in an effort to hydrate the skin. This mask also has cranberry and blueberry which is great for dry skin because they're filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory to help soothe the skin. With that being said we do not recommend strong clay masks as these can further dry out the skin.
We know dry skin can be hard to manage but it doesn’t have to affect your confidence. This guide should help you find products that you know are not going to cause your skin to be irritated or dried out even more. But do keep in mind that everyone's skin is different so you ultimately need to go through trial and error. The products mentioned in this routine are Flora and Noor's recommendations but you have to find what works best for your skin.