Dry skin is a totally different story to combination or oily skin. Since I have combination skin, (and it’s also been oily in the past), I can’t even begin to understand how it is living with skin that constantly demands moisture. Or skin, that barely has any visible pores (sigh).
How do you know you have dry skin type?
A normal skin produces both sebum and sweat, which together create an acid mantle. That is the skin’s barrier, which protects the skin from dryness, bacteria, air pollutants and other external threats. Dry skin type doesn’t produce enough sebum, which is why the skin appears dry and sensitive. Basically the acid mantle isn’t working properly. On dry skin the pores aren’t really visible.
Dry skin demands oil and moisture. It can be more or less sensitive. It can’t take certain ingredients and it can react to things like weather quite dramatically, since the acid mantle isn’t fully there to take the hit.
I loaned my sister for this blog post. Because she has a dry skin, which, you wouldn’t necessarily believe, if you didn’t know better. Annika takes such good care of her skin, it basically looks flawless.
Only fair to share her skincare secrets, right?
Besides sharing her current routine, Annika also shared all of her favorite products for dry skin.
DRY SKIN SKINCARE ROUTINE
AM MORNING ROUTINE
1. Toner – *Clarins Extra Comfort Toning Lotion
2. Serum – *Novexpert Booster Serum
3. Oil – *Pura D’Or Organic Argan oil
4. Moisturizer – *Loccitane Aqua Reotier Ultra-Thirst Quenching Cream
5. Eye Cream – *Natura Siberica Siberian Ginseng Eye Cream
On mornings, Annika just wipes her face clean with a toner. Currently she is using Biotherm’s hydrating & softening lotion. Usually she can’t use products that contain alcohol, but this particular product is working fine. Long time favorite toner of hers is *Clarins Extra Comfort Toning Lotion.
Serum & Argan oil
Annika uses a moisturizing serum before applying the oil. Two of her favorite serums are *Novexpert Booster Serum with Hyaluronic acid and Estelle Thild BioHydrate Thirst Relief serum.
Argan oil is the most important thing in Annika’s routine. It’s actually an oil that I love to use on my skin as well. It’s safe to say that it’s an oil, that is suitable for all skin types and problems: dryness, wrinkles, blemishes, acne scars and even acne. Annika also sometimes uses argan oil in her makeup: she just mixes a few drops in her foundation.
Right now Annika uses *L’occitane AquaReotier Ultra-Thirst Quenching Cream, which I gave her to try. Other great moisturizers Annika likes to use are *Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Rich Cream and *Novexpert The Repulp Cream.
I like to think I taught my sisters the importance of an eye cream. Annika uses an eye cream always. I’m proud! Taking care of that thin skin around our eyes is important. *Natura Siberica Siberian Ginseng Eye Cream is very moisturizing, but doesn’t feel heavy.
P.S. Check out my post on L’Occitane Aqua Reotier products!
PM EVENING ROUTINE
1. Makeup remover – *Makeup eraser
2. Skin Cleanser – *Lumene Valo Balm Cleanser
3. Toner – *Clarins Extra Comfort Toning Lotion
4. Serum – *Novexpert Booster Serum
5. Oil – *Pura D’Or Organic Argan oil
6. Moisturizer – *Loccitane Aqua Reotier Ultra-Thirst Quenching Cream
7. Eye Cream – *Natura Siberica Siberian Ginseng Eye Cream
Annika uses makeup eraser to remove all her makeup in the evening. The original makeup eraser is very soft and it’s indeed gentle enough even for a dry skin. She has used this for a few years now. I actually tried it for the first time when we had a sleepover, and I’m pretty sure I need to buy myself a makeup eraser. It’s seriously so effective, but soft as a feather. Or heaven. (I ended up buying it and I love it.)
Annika’s favorite skin cleanser is unfortunately discontinued (Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel). I would recommend Lumene Valo Balm Cleanser, which has that same balmy oily consistency.
After the double cleansing, it’s the same toner + oil + moisturizer + eye cream combo than it is on the mornings.
Weekly exfoliating and masking is crucial even for dry skin. When you choose the right products, it’s not too drying. I promise. I gave Annika Lumene’s Nordic-C Glow Reveal Peeling Mask as I felt it was very gentle and could work for her. And it’s now dry-skin approved. I wrote a post about Lumene Valo products here.
Other masks that she likes to use are moisturizing *sheet masks (from korean brands mostly) and acid-containing exfoliants (like the Lumene one mentioned above).
And sometimes (not weekly, more like once or twice per month) she uses a more effective mud mask. But she never applies the mud mask on the most sensitive areas which are her cheeks and forehead. If she does a mud mask she only applies it on her nose and chin.
Thank you dear sister for helping me put this post together! Hopefully this helps all the dry-skinned beauties out there. Would you like to see more posts like this? I’m thinking of some makeup recommendations, dry skin approved?