Skin becomes dry when its surface becomes damaged – this causes (invisible) cracks which allow moisture to escape easily and irritants to get in. This results in skin feeling tight, looking dull, lacking elasticity, and (in severe cases) triggers flaky patches, itching, and redness. Sound familiar? Then you probably have dry skin.
Scroll down for top tips on how to build a morning skincare routine for dry skin, then check out our evening skincare routine.
Over-cleansing skin can strip it of the naturally occurring oils which help to keep skin hydrated, so choose a gentle, cream or jelly-textured face wash for your morning cleanse. Look out for products labelled ‘gentle’ or ‘hydrating’ as these will not only clean skin, but also help to balance skin’s moisture levels. Spend two minutes massaging your cleanser into your skin, then rinse it off using warm water and a clean flannel.
The best cleansers for dry skin
If your skin is dry or dehydrated, then it’s a good idea to have a mist or toner in your routine. This is your first hydration step and will help to give your skin an extra surge of moisture before applying your serums and moisturiser. Not all toners are created equal – avoid acid-based toners and choose formulas that contain nourishing ingredients like ceramides.
The best toners for dry skin
Your skin’s natural moisture barrier helps to prevent moisture escaping from your skin, so when your skin is dry it’s a sign that your barrier has been damaged. Choose a serum which rebuilds and protects your skin barrier with ingredients like niacinamide, ceramides, and prebiotics. Pat your serum onto damp skin, using your fingertips to gently press it in.
The best serums for dry skin
Moisturiser is one of the most important and essential steps in a skincare routine for dry skin. A good day cream will help to both deliver hydrating ingredients to the skin, but also prevent them from escaping. Again, look out for ingredients like ceramide, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin. To apply, massage all over your face and neck.
The best moisturisers for dry skin
You might be tempted to reach for a moisturiser with built-in SPF protection, but you’ll benefit from using a separate SPF product. Most products that try to do both are either not hydrating enough for dry skin, or don’t have strong enough UV protection. SPF is essential in any skincare routine, but especially dry skin. When skin isn’t protected by SPF, it’s more vulnerable to sun damage, which makes it less able to retain moisture. Apply generously all over skin – 365 days a year!