My sister’s skincare routine – Dry skin routine & products

dry skin skincare routine

my sister's skincare routine dry skin

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).

If you don’t quite understand what dry skin type means, I’ve explained it here in a nutshell:

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 is a skin type that doesn’t produce enough sebum, which is why the skin appears dry and sensitive. Basically the acid mantle isn’t working properly. This is why dry skin demands oil and moisture – and why the pores aren’t visible (they just don’t fill up like they do with oily skin). And that is why dry skin is also usually 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.

Since I want this blog to be helpful to not only those with oily skin, but also to those with dry skin or anything in between, I decided to loan 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?

A while back I gave her some of my products to try out – most of them were a miss, but there were a few survivors. And those products came to be a part of her dry skin skincare routine, which we’ll be taking a look at now. Besides sharing her current routine, Annika also shared some of her favorite products for dry skin.

dry skin skincare
Dry skin. Here is Annika and her beautiful skin. You can see she takes good care of it! Her cosmetologist-sister must be proud. Yes, that’s me.

skincare products for dry skin



Biotherm Biosource Dry Skin Toner*

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.

Another favorite toner of hers is Clarins Extra Comfort Toning Lotion*.

Serum & Argan oil*

Annika uses argan oil kind of like a serum before applying her moisturizer. I find it interesting that argan oil is the most important thing in Annika’s routine, since it’s an oil that I love to use on my skin as well. I think it’s pretty safe to say that we’re talking about an oil, that is indeed 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.

If her skin feels very dry, Annika also 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*.

L’occitane Aqua Reotier Ultra-Thirst Quenching Cream*

This product I gave Annika and she fell in love with it. She says it’s very moisturizing and could see herself buying it again. I’m quite surprised, because I liked this cream on my skin as well! I wrote about this cream on the post about Aqua Reotier products. I actually gave Annika all the three products mentioned in the post, but only this worked for dry skin.

Other great moisturizers Annika likes to use are Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Rich Cream* , Novexpert The Repulp Cream and EkoPharma’s Tyrni Anti-age moisturizer (a Finnish brand).

Natura Siberica Siberian Ginseng Eye Cream-Gel

I like to think I taught my sisters the importance of an eye cream, but be it whatever, Annika uses an eye cream always. I’m proud! Taking care of that thin skin around our eyes is important. This eye cream is very moisturizing, but doesn’t feel heavy.

dry skin skincare routine


Makeup eraser*

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.

Annika got a good laugh, when I was wiping my face with the makeup eraser and my eyes just became huge plates. I might have even cursed a little. I think it’s safe to say all the makeup towels I’ve tried before have suc – I mean – not have been as soft and good as this is.

Before she started to use the makeup eraser, she liked to use Philosophy’s Purity made simple one-step facial cleanser*. She also tried the gel-version of it, but found it to be way too harsh. So there is a big difference in those two products.

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel*

I fell in love with Clarins’ skincare products while I was studying cosmetology at school and somehow now 3/4 of us (sisters) have heavily used or are currently using their products. Annika uses their Cleansing gel as the second step of her cleansing routine. You apply this gel on dry skin and as it melts, it turns into an oil. It leaves the skin feeling hydrated, so it’s great for dry skin.

I asked for other product recommendations and Annika’s response to this was: “No other favorites! I don’t know what I would do without this product!!” So I guess those exclamation points speak for themselves.


After the double cleansing, it’s the same toner + oil + moisturizer + eye cream combo than it is on the mornings.


Lumene Nordic-C Glow Reveal Peeling Mask*

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 this product as I felt it was very gentle and could work for her. And yes, 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), professional moisturizing masks such as Phytomer Hydrasea Thirst-Relief Rehydrating Mask* (I gave her this, yay!) 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.

my sister's skincare routine

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 dry-skin makeup edition, as Annika is quite a makeup enthusiastic and her makeup always looks beautiful.

2 x a mask, that does it all

evolve beauty masks

organic masks

Masks are my favorite thing when it comes to skincare. They are the key thing in keeping my skin healthy. It’s that one extra step you need to take, if you really want your skin to look and feel great. Obviously you need to have your basic routine in place, but you also need those special products for weekly use.

I always say this. Once a week: exfoliate your skin and do a mask. Or – do just one of those, but choose a mask, that does it all. A mask that gently exfoliates while giving you the experience that a good mask gives you. Lately I’ve been skipping exfoliating and just stuck with masks.

Today I’ll talk about two masks that are quite the multitaskers: Evolve Beauty’s Radiant Glow mask and Miracle mask.

Masks received as PR-samples.

Evolve beauty radiant glow mask

Evolve Beauty Radiant Glow mask*

I tried this mask for the first time with my best friend. It’s both lovely and sad, that every time I use this, she comes to mind. I miss her like crazy. My friend lives in Austalia, but was visiting here for a while. I thought it would be cool to get a second opinion on this mask. We went to a sauna and did the mask afterwards. We opened the jar, applied the mask on our faces and came to the conclusion, that we could just eat the whole jar (haha).

So the mask smells delicious. And it’s even more delicious, because it’s artisan-made of fresh ingredients like raw cacao, almond oil and coconut shell powder. It’s fragranced with vanilla oil, which actually explains why I feel so strongly about this product. I love Vanilla-anything.

The mask feels very nice on the skin. Thanks to the oils, it melts a little on the skin. And thanks to coconut shell powder, it gently exfoliates the skin. After using the mask, my skin feels plump, soft and radiant. Especially the next morning. You could see and feel, that your skin had just gotten some special treatment. My friend and me were both loving our skin the next day.

I love timesavers and this mask is one of those good guys. Five minutes is enough with it. The only thing to note though, is that this is not the easiest mask to take off. The tiny little coconut shell powder gets everywhere so it can be a bit messy.

I’ve now almost gone through my first jar and I’ve already bought another one. So it is that level of good that I don’t want to run out of it.

I would recommend this to all skin types. It’s a safe bet in my books – it’s effective, but still very gentle. It’s the perfect beauty treatment before a big day. A new favorite.

Evolve Beauty Radiant Glow mask* 22,90€
Evolve beauty Radiant Glow travel size* 13,90€

evolve beauty miracle mask

Evolve Beauty Miracle Mask*

After trying the Radiant Glow and seeing this new mask on the shelf, I knew I had to see if it was just as good. And it is – but it’s different.

If Radiant Glow was effective, this is next level. The mask contains fruit acids (AHA) which gently exfoliate the skin making it smooth and radiant. What I didn’t know, is that AHAs also help to moisturize the skin by binding water to the skin. Because water = moisture. Fruit acids are amazing.

Besides AHAs, the mask contains ingredients like Peruvian maca, Papaya extract and Aloe leaf juice.

This mask feels very smooth as it doesn’t have any grains in it. It feels a bit like a jelly. It makes me think of mango puree. You know, the one that babies eat? I may or may not sometimes buy it for myself because it’s delicious.

As usual with masks containing acids, it feels a bit tingling on the skin. That’s how I know it’s working. It reminds me of these very effective professional masks I’ve used both in school and at work (at a beauty salon). This mask doesn’t feel like your usual mask. It’s almost like a professional beauty treatment that you can do at home. Except it’s only 5 minutes and you can, indeed, do it at home.

I think this mask would work for all skin types as well, but if your skin is more sensitive or dry, I would just leave it on for a shorter time. I would do this mask a few days before an important day.

Evolve beauty Miracle Mask* 27,90€
Evolve Beauty Miracle Mask travel size* 14,90€

I think it’s interesting that the most effective and best masks I’ve tried, have all been from an organic brand. Natural ingredients can be awesome, right?

organic deodorant

Evolve beauty is a very interesting brand. It was a coincidence when I first happened to try their organic deodorant cream. Which is still, as I declared it, the best deodorant ever. After that I tried their hair products, which I actually just purchased for my upcoming trip. I’ve also tried their hyaluronic acid serum, which was great. So far none of this brand’s products have let me down. Actually quite the opposite. I’m quickly becoming a huge fan.

Have you tried these or something from Evolve Beauty? Are masks in your weekly skincare routine?