Dry skin. Its flakey, rough, sometimes itchy and a good ole pain in the ass during the winter months. Since I could remember I’ve always had dry skin. “You take hot showers for too long,” “You don’t drink enough water,” “Use more moisturizer!” Constant nags (mostly from my mother) whenever I ever tell anyone about my dry skin.
No one likes to hear what you are doing WRONG in any situation. So why not nicely respond with what you could do to help it instead? This is the approach I’d like to take for this blog post.
So you have dry skin? Here are some of the products and things that I do to help keep my dry skin moisturized:
- Stay hydrated!
I know I said this as part of a nag that my mother says to me all the time, but she does have a point. Whenever I drink a lot more water I notice that overall I feel better and so does my skin. This is a great way to help you from the inside out.
- Use lukewarm water – not hot and not cold
Hot or cold water will put your skin into a state of shock, at least that’s how I feel whenever I use either temperatures. You want to be gentle with your skin, so lukewarm is the perfect temperature for washing your face.
- Start a good skincare routine!!
My esthetician has said this to me 100 times over – GET A SKINCARE ROUTINE! It might have taken me nearly 2 years but hey it was slow progress before I really upped my game this year. First I started with only using Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes and then moisturizer. What a big no-no that was. She told me that I needed to cleanse my skin on top of that, the makeup remover doesn’t always get EVERYTHING OFF. (and she was right)
So I started to use the Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Facial Cleanser as well as the makeup remover wipes, I added a toner to the routine as well for every other day use. Witchhazel is a great toner and can be used for just about anything else (including ingrown hairs ladies!). My skin is super sensitive so once I find a brand of a product that works I like to stick to it. The CeraVe Nighttime Moisturizer was my go-to for nearly 2 years.
Recently, I was introduced to a full skincare routine provided by my sister-in-law. She is years ahead of the game compared to me, but she purchased sample sizes of the Lanegie skincare for me to use. Luckily my skin didn’t react badly and now I have a full skincare routine!
- Stick to products that your skin reacts POSITIVELY TO
My skin is sensitive. When I talk to any sales rep or worker I need to make sure they fully understand my skin type, concerns, and budget. You don’t want to get stuck in a situation where they are pushing a skincare line that is going to cost you a ton of money, meanwhile you don’t even know if it is worth it. If you feel like no one really listens to you that works at a store then consult your friends, plus you know that they would be giving you an honest opinion – if they are willing to spend the money on a certain product then maybe you should get a sample of it!
For me, it was a mix of both. Although not all people who work at Sephora or Ulta are skincare experts it helps to do a bit of research and ask around. I like to trust other bloggers that I follow on product reviews, and these are girls that I consistently follow who share products that they love and not because it is sponsored either.
After about a week and a half of trying the Laneige products without having any bad reaction, I decided to keep going with the skincare routine.
Cleanse, Tone, Serum, Moisturize Face and Lips!
- Choosing a serum
Before choosing any type of serum you want to make a list of your concerns. Mine were: anti-aging, fine lines, and wrinkles for my eyes.
There are a lot of different serums out there so you want to be sure that you are picking the best one for you. Since I have sensitive skin I started with using the serums every other night. I have been using 2 serums from The Ordinary – Hyaluronic Acid and Caffeine Solution for your under eye. If I had any negative reaction to these serums I would’ve stopped using them immediately. Luckily I didn’t!
I’m currently looking into stepping up my game and using Retinol for my eyes. Retinol is a very well known ingredient in most anti-aging products, but it can also have a very strong reaction. I have read some great reviews about The Ordinary’s Retinol serum and am excited to add this as part of my routine!
- Moisturizers for Dry Skin
The key to locking in that moisture in your skin is a good moisturizer. My skin is sensitive to boot so this made it a bit more difficult. I didn’t want to drown my pours on my face but I did want my skin to receive a healthy dose of moisture where I didn’t look like a face flake. The Laneige moisturizer is absolutely perfect for my dry skin – why do I write this in the internets ink? Because I have seen the results for myself. My skin hasn’t been so soft and smooth in I don’t even know how long! I’d like to think it has to do with my new skincare, but especially these lines products.
I’ve also been using the water mask every night, maybe you aren’t supposed to use it every single night but I love it.
- Hydrating Mask
You gotta be careful with masks when you have dry and sensitive skin. For me, I have to be aware if there is a fragrance. I often break out in hives from any fragrant product. It isn’t that I don’t want to smell nice, my skin just doesn’t like the strong scents. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask was a small gamble I tried when I went to Canada last fall. Between the flight and the cold air, my skin was in a bit of shock. I used this my first night up north and it felt amazing! I’ve purchased a few since then and use it when I feel like my skin needs that extra boost.