The Skinsmith's Complete Guide to An Effective Dry Skin Skincare Routine

The Skinsmith | 4th January 2022

Woman with Dry Skin

What is Dry Skin?

Before we answer what is dry skin, I want to compare the difference between a dry skin and dehydrated skin.

Dry skin is a skin type or skin condition, just like oily skin is a skin type. With a dry skin condition, the skin is lacking in natural lipids or oils. Your body simply doesn’t produce enough lipids to keep your skin moisturised.

Dehydrated skin however, is a skin concern that any skin type can experience at any time. Even an oily skin can become dehydrated! A dehydrated skin is lacking in water or hyaluronic acid and can be a temporary condition.

Dry Skin Will Typically Be:

  • Rough in texture & may feel tight
  • Looks dry & enhances lines & wrinkles
  • May appear red & possibly inflamed

Dehydrated Skin Will Typically Be:

  • Can also feel rough in texture
  • Can enhance lines & wrinkles
  • Can look dull and lifeless

In extreme cases dry skin may become flaky, itchy and you may even see cracks or thinness in your skin.

As you can see some of the symptoms of dry skin and dehydrated skins are similar, which can sometimes make it difficult to establish a true dry skin type. By the way, a dry skin can also be dehydrated!

How To Treat Dry Skin?

If your skin type is dry, it can be effectively treated with a moisturising daily skin care routine for dry skin, try to avoid excessive changes in temperature as the change in humidity levels can affect how your skin feels.

Also try to avoid long showers and baths as this can actually dry your skin out! Avoiding harsh skin and body care products is also important when you have a dry skin as they will strip the skin of those vital lipids making it drier and more sensitive.

Another tip is to take supplements and vitamins for dry skin to ensure you are feeding your skin from the inside out. Two great vitamins for dry skin are vitamin C and vitamin D.

How To Create the Perfect Dry Skincare Routine?:

  • Use a Cleanser – but not just any cleanser, make sure you avoid cleansers with ingredients such as; Sodium Laurel Sulphates which over dry the skin and strip away natural oils. Eminence’s Stone Crop Cleansing Oil restores moisture with jojoba oil and sunflower oil whilst leaving your skin clean and supple.
  • Hydrating Toners – Eminence has an array of toniques and mists that are free from drying ingredients such as alcohol and instead hydrate and add moisture to the face.
  • Utilize Exfoliants – dry skin can have a build up of dead skin on the surface, increasing the rough texture and dull appearance associated with dry skin. A gentle exfoliant up to 4 times per week will remove dead skin and encourage new cell production. Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel is the perfect solution and can easily be added to your daily skin care routine for dry skin.
  • Facial Oils – if you want extra moisture for face, neck and décolleté add a facial oil to your daily skin care routine. You can use a facial oil in the morning or at night or both. If your skin is really dry, we recommend a full night skincare routine for dry skin with a cleanser, tonique, serum and facial oil. Facial oils are uber hydrating with nourishing botanical oils such as Marula Oil, Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil and even Olive Oil. Your skin will feel moisturised, smooth and sensational with the addition of a facial oil.
  • Face Masks – Face masques from Eminence are highly concentrated with active botanicals to treat and correct concerns like dry skin. Often shea butter based masques are the best option for dry skin as they help to replace vital oils and moisture for face, neck and décolleté. Coconut Cream Masque and Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque are two of our faves.

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