How to look after Dry Skin

So we've talked about oily skin, but just as irritating for some of us is dry skin. However, fear not, we're going to have a good look now at how you can help your dry skin to glow.  Dry skin can be tough, and it can feel and often look tight. It can be flaky and dull looking, but here are some steps you can keep in mind to change all that!

TIP NUMBER 1 - Clever Cleansing

When you have dry skin, it's really important to choose a cleanser that is designed for your skin type and always be gentle while you're cleansing. Foaming cleansers can be very drying for already dry skin so give them a miss. 

If you like to use water in your cleansing routine, then consider cleansing balms.  They go onto the skin as a thick oily balm that is then massaged into the skin.  Once rubbed in, a little lukewarm water is added which turns the balm into a milky non-oily lotion, which rinses off.  The effect is excellent, and you really feel that your skin has been well cleansed.

Did I mention the smell of these balms? No? Well, the majority of them have the added ability to mentally transport you to a 5* Spa - the whole experience is to die for! 

Just don't forget to use only lukewarm water with your balm - hot water strips the skin of naturally forming essential oils, and that's no good for dry skin, is it?

If you prefer not to use water, or you're travelling and don't have access to water, then consider micellar water. 

So, what's that?  Micellar water has a water-like consistency, as the name suggests, and it contains tiny micelles or oil molecules which act as a magnet drawing the dirt and oil and debris out of the skin's pores. Apply with a cotton wool pad and light sweep across the face - hey presto, all done!

TIP NUMBER 2 - Exfoliate weekly

Exfoliating regularly is just as important for dry skin as it is for oily skin.  Dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin over time, and whereas with oily skin these can block the pores and create spots, with dry skin the result can be just as irritating, with dry, flaky patches and a generally dull complexion.

Exfoliation is the answer as it helps to slough off the buildup. Go slowly if you're new to exfoliation - once a week is enough for dry skin. 

See how your skin responds and adapt accordingly.  With time your skin with become smoother and look better, but more importantly, your essential moisturiser that I'm going to talk about next will be absorbed so much better with clear pores.

TIP NUMBER 3 - Moisturise Day and Night

As with exfoliating, moisturising is a step that is just as important for dry skin as it is for oily.  Consider using creams that are formulated with hyaluronic acid -  a naturally occurring substance found in the body whose function is to retain moisture, so the skin remains well hydrated.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that the best time to apply moisturiser is after cleansing when your skin is still damp as the skin absorbs so much more.  This also applies to body moisturisers as well - so when you hop out of the shower, have your body moisturiser ready to go before you grab your towel.

If you really want to give an added boost to your skincare routine, then consider using a facial oil - they are hugely moisturising and can come as an oil or in serum form - the effect is the same.  Apply the oil or serum after cleansing and before moisturising, so that the cream can lock in the oil.

TIP NUMBER 4 - Use a 30+ UV Sunscreen

OK, this tip is important, and it applies to all types of skin: use SPF. You should always take sun protection seriously, no matter what type of skin you have.  You should be using a 30+ sunscreen every day of the year, regardless of weather type or climate.

The moisture barrier, also known as the lipid barrier, can have a very fragile in dry skin, and this is easily damaged by external factors such as UV rays or pollution.  When damaged skin loses its ability to retain moisture, it dries out and feels tight.  This is the time when fine lines start to appear, as the skin is so dehydrated, so never forget your sunscreen.  

Of course, there are plenty of dual-purpose moisturisers that contain sun factor, and these are a great way to combine two essentials into one neat step.

TIP NUMBER 5 - Luscious Lips need moisture too.

Have you ever had cracked lips? No fun, are they? But often people are great at focusing on their facial skin routine but totally overlook their lips!

Lips are very susceptible to drying out and need all the love and attention we can give them. So if you're a lipstick wearer, always use a lip salve before applying and choose a hydrating one - you don't want the colour to draw attention to your dry lips, do you? 

And if lipstick isn't your thing then just use a lip salve or balm religiously - day and night and at any point in between, when your lips feel dry and unloved!

TIP NUMBER 6 - use a facial mist

Keeping a refreshing facial mist at hand is always a good idea, but especially if you suffer from dry skin. Using it can help refresh your complexion throughout the day.

Look for a formula infused with hydrating ingredients and apply whenever you feel like your skin needs a refresher.

It's the ideal, instant pick-me-up for dry skin—whether you're at home or on the go. Spraying on a facial mist can feel especially refreshing on a hot summer day.


The key to achieving a glowing, healthy complexion if you have dry skin is to follow a simple routine. 

Be gentle in your cleansing, never strip the skin of its precious natural oils. 

Exfoliate weekly, but again be gentle - dry skin is often sensitive.

Think about adding an additional facial oil or serum before you moisturise, to give an added boost to your skin. 

Remember to use sunscreen but don't forget that you can find dual-purpose moisturisers which contain SF 30+, so you only need one product. 

Don't forget you keep your lips in tip-top condition and if the going gets a little hot then use a facial mist to refresh your complexion throughout the day.


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