Taking care of dry skin is my specialty! I have dry, sensitive skin and eczema. Living in the Chicago area does not help my skin at all. Especially when we are having a winter like we have been having. Anyone know how I’m feeling?? Let’s dig in on how to help that dry skin look glowing and dewy! If you want me to do another post on eczema, just let me know :)
The first thing about dry skin, #1 importance- Do not use any products that will dry you out more. All products that I use are gentle and adding moisture to my skin, never taking moisture away.
On that same note- Hydrate! Water! Drinking enough water every day really does make a huge difference! Things like caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating. For every cup of caffeine or alcohol, drink 2-3 glasses of water to make up for it. This is on top of the regular amount of water you are drinking. What is the “regular amount”? I’m so glad you asked! For the average person, 8 glasses. But you have dry skin and you need more hydration. So I would aim for 10-12 glasses. I know you will feel like you are drinking water all day long. And that’s because you should be drinking water all day long. I put my water in a “sippy cup” and drink from a straw. It seems to go down a lot easier. Add a splash of lemon or lime, tasty! If you are busy and can’t sit around sipping water all day, I want to extend a challenge to you. Every hour on the hour grab a glass of water and chug it. At the end of the day you should have drank about 15 glasses of water. Yeah!
How do you know if you have dry skin? Do you have: Rough, dull complexion? Rough patches? Invisible pores? Skin feel tight? More wrinkles? If yes, then you have dry skin.
Here are the steps to take care of your skin:
- Serum (optional)
- Eye Cream
- Sleeping Mask (optional)
- Night Cream/Beauty Oil
- Clarisonic – 1-2 times a day
- Exfoliate – Several times a week. Check out my post on Exfoliation here.
- Facial Mask – 2-4 times a month
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser & BioElements are both amazing!!! They get all your make-up off while gently cleansing the skin.
After cleansing, your skin is bare. Applying a serum is an intense way to hydrate and protect your skin all day long.
Both from Fresh, Black Tea is for anti-aging and helps with fine lines and wrinkles. while brightening. Soy Face Serum gives a smoother, firmer, more radiant skin.
Choose something that is hydrating while still giving a great base for applying your make-up.
Kate Somerville Daily Moisturizer and BioElements Crucial Moisturizer are great choices.
Both of these eye creams are amazing! They help with fine lines and wrinkles, smooth and lift the eye area. Fresh feels like cashmere on my eye area! Peter Thomas Roth is more moisturizing.
This is the only sleeping mask that I truly believe in. This has changed my life! So much hydration, even complexion, smoothes fine lines and wrinkles- MUST HAVE!
Night Cream / Beauty Oil
I prefer beauty oils. My favorites are Josie Maran Argon Oil and Fresh Seaberry Oil. I put it right on top of my sleep mask. You should now feel like you are ready to slip off your bed from all the oil on your face. But in the morning you will thank me! If you have a favorite night cream you like to use, great! Keep using it!
This really makes a difference! It will give you a deeper clean, which allows for your hydrating products to benefit you more. I use the Mia 2 and I recently got the cashmere brush head. The cashmere brush head is awesome! It’s softer and more moisturizing, it’s great for sensitive skin.
The only one I’ve been using for the last 9 months is Lush Ocean Salt Scrub. Love it!!!
A mask is a great way to give you that boost of hydration that your skin needs.
I love Lush Mask of Magnaminty and GlamGlow Thirsty Mud. Bonus on the GlamGlow mask, you can also use it as a sleep mask!
These are all the products that I personally use for my dry skin. I have had to readjust things this winter with the extreme dry weather. I finally found things that make my skin glowing. Hope you found this helpful. Leave a comment if you have any questions, I will try to answer :)