Skincare Adviser: Dry Skin
Part of our Skincare Adviser series, this page focuses on finding the best skin care products for dry skin. Visit the main adviser page for other skin types.
Spot the Signs: Dry skin tends to feel tight, with flakiness in spots, often around the chin, nose and forehead. You may find lips are very dry as well, and sometimes flakes in the eyebrows.
How to Care for Dry Skin: Pay close attention to the climate and weather changes and how your skin reacts, as well as the foods you eat and how much water you consume. Be sure to seek out oils, serums, and moisturizers that are formulated with natural hydrators to provide moisture and relief. The best products for dry skin feel as though they ‘sink’ into skin, meaning they do not feel greasy on the surface. You may find that during the cold and drier seasons, you’ll need a heavy balm to protect delicate dry skin from the elements.
When it comes to dryness, pay special attention to how much cleansing is needed. You may find your skin looks and feels better cleansing both morning and night, or you may choose to cleanse and remove makeup only at night, and simply splash water or use a light mist in the morning. The right cleanser for dry skin is not harsh or abrasive, and gently removes flakiness and dead skin cells.
Pai Camillia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser gently removes dirt, makeup and other impurities that build up on your skin throughout the day. Omega 3 and Vitamins A, B & E replenish skin's moisture barrier, leaving skin soft and supple.
Tata Harper Nourishing Cleansing Oil is ideal for dry skin, and purifies while nourishing with Beta Carotene, Vitamins A, C, E, Lycopene and Omega 3. Perfect for pre-makeup cleansing.
Apoterra Skincare Aloe + Rose Clay Complexion Soap blends aloe leaf, rose petals, and rose geranium essential oil, with pink clay and jojoba oil in a silky smooth soap to thoroughly cleanse while providing moisture and nourishment for a healthy complexion.
One Love Organics Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm is a great product for dry skin. It can be used as a makeup remover as the oils break down cosmetics. Once removed with a cotton pad or warm washcloth, this double-duty balm can be applied as a moisturizer.
Toner is an optional step in a skin care routine, but often dry skin benefits from this extra step after cleansing to prepare it for moisture and add an extra layer of hydration. A toner or mist can be a great way to refresh dry skin during the day to take away the feeling of tightness, though be sure that your mist doesn’t contain anything harsh or potentially drying.
YÜLI Skincare Metamorphic Elixir provides weightless soothing hydration and skin rejuvenation with a healing and rejuvenating base of bioactive flower waters and herbal essences that refine skin and replenish nutrients.
Osmia Organics Active Gel Toner contains rose of Jericho, which retains water in skin cells. This gel-type toner is applied between cleansing and moisturizing to provide hydration and balance the PH of skin.
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence can be used before oil or lotion, after makeup to set, or as an on-the-go refreshment during the day. Perfect for travelling to stay on top of bouts of airplane-induced dryness.
Dry skin needs moisture. Not only can dryness feel uncomfortable, but flakiness and dullness stand in the way of a glowing complexion.
Mahalo Skin Care Mahalo Balm is formulated without water and melts on touch to protect, soothe and moisturize the skin with Turmeric, Macadamia, Tamanu, Carrot, Neem, Kukui and more.
Tammy Fender Spontaneous Recovery Crème is an ultra-protective formulation that shows visible results after a single application, spontaneously transforming the health of your skin.
Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer Ideal for dry and dehydrated skin, this lotion restores a supple, youthful appearance to skin and leaves the complexion soft and radiant.
Oil + Serum
Skin that is dry or flaky will benefit from an oil or serum rich in moisture-delivering ingredients, such as a pure Argan oil or a blend of luxe oils specifically concocted to combat and nourish parched skin.
YÜLI Skincare Modern Alchemist is a youth-preserving and nourishing anti-aging facial oil with a dynamic dose of essential time-combating nutrients to nourish, repair, and restore skin. Over 27 potent, bioactive botanicals make skin plumper, softer, stronger, smoother, and more youthful.
Osmia Organics Facial Restoration Serum was specifically formulated for very dry skin. A blend of oils that heal and nourish, it’s beautifully rich in antioxidant, skin-strengthening oils to nourish dry skin and enhance your skin’s elasticity. Excellent for post-procedure skin.
Apoterra Skincare Rose Nourishing Serum with Rosehip + CoQ10 is called “a powerhouse oil for dry and mature skin.” This rosehip serum delivers CoQ10, rose extract, and vitamin-rich oils to help provide deep cellular nourishment, prevent moisture loss, stimulate collagen production, and promote a youthful glow.
Exfoliating + Masks
Exfoliating a couple of times a week will remove dead skin cells and flaky skin. A mask applied at least once per week – more if needed – will heal and hydrate skin in need of balance.
SW Basics Exfoliant is a super-simple blend of common ingredients ground to a powder. Mix with water or up the moisture factor by stirring with a teaspoon of plain yogurt and leaving on as a mask for ten minutes.
Mahalo Skin Care The Petal Mask is a luxuriously-gentle beta-hydroxy treatment mask formulated to provide deep hydration and improved texture for a glowing, plump complexion. The Petal’s 28 active ingredients nourish your skin with active enzymes and replenishing nutrients.
Graydon Elements Sun Cream Complex is a blend of skin soothing, sun-protecting zinc and a host of sun reflective carrier oils. It also includes Spirulina which is high in chlorophyll and rich in the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid to help make skin soft.
Eye + Lip Care
Even eye and lip care should be tailored to skin type. A super-nourishing eye treatment and lip balm as part of a nightly routine will help plump and soothe the delicate eye and lip area, which is affected by the lack of hydration in your skin.
Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin E Active Moisture Eye Balm is luxe and rich. This eye cream is a waterless natural blend that works well under makeup, while super-hydrating the eye area.
Vered Organic Botanicals Anti-wrinkle Eye Treatment is a nighttime treatment for dry skin that is simply rolled under eyes and then gently massaged into the eye area.
YÜLI Skincare Cellular Lip Conditioner deeply penetrates skin to heal and rejuvenate the lips from within. A delicate multivitamin blend of nourishing botanicals treats and protects chapped, rough, and dehydrated lips.
Osmia Organics Lip Balm is a soothing and smoothing lip balm to keep on the nightstand for a good-night nourishing lip treatment, or pack it in your bag to have nearby when lips get dry.
Additional Suggested Treatments
Make sure to have extra boosting creams and protective balms on hand for days when skin is super parched, or the weather is harsh.
CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm is a necessity to spot-treat dry and irritated areas.
Visit our complete list of products for Dry Skin.
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