A Guide To Creating A Skincare Routine For Dry, Dehydrated Skin


Creating a skincare routine to suit your skin’s needs can be quite daunting if you’re not too well-versed in the ingredients used within skincare, and which ones are suited best for which skin concerns, so I thought I’d create a sort of basic 3-step skincare routine ‘cheat sheet’ for those of you with dry and/or dehydrated skin!

Cleansing – Your arsenal of cleansers should be sulphate/harsh surfactant free, and free of any foaming cleansers of any kind as they will strip your skin and exacerbate the dryness and dehydration. I’d suggest leaning more towards cleansing creams, oils and balms; all of which typically tend to be more nourishing. Unless absolutely necessary, try to stay away from wipes, as they tend to be formulated with lots of drying types of alcohol and soaked in harsh, potent preservatives to keep them moist. Another point worthy of mention here, is that you should be using luke-warm temperature when removing makeup or washing your face; nothing cooler, nothing hotter. Our skin isn’t designed to deal with thermal shocks such as being exposed to 40° water, so treat your skin kindly!

Exfoliating – This one is dependant on whether you favour physical/manual exfoliants, or chemical exfoliants. Regardless of whether your skin’s texture resembles that of the Sahara Desert, you should never use anything overly abrasive as it can cause micro-tears in the surface layer of the epidermis, which can also cause broken capillaries. While we’re on the topic, stay away from microbeads; aside from being incredibly harmful for the environment, they’re often harsh plastic beads that scratch the skin. Try to avoid peach kernel scrubs (St Ives) and physical exfoliators with walnut shell in the ingredients list, as these two are incredibly abrasive. If your preference lies with chemical exfoliants, AHAs and treatments such as fruit enzyme peels are best suited for those with a drier skin. Be wary, however, that a lot of these chemical exfoliants are formulated with drying types of alcohol alcohol, so make sure you’re choosing ones that are formulated without the addition of any alcohol denat or SD alcohol.

Moisturisers & serums – Look for moisture attracting humectants, emollients, ceramides and antioxidants within your moisturisers such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid, squalene and vitamin E. Try to avoid anything formulated with lanolins, synthetic fragrance mineral oil, as said oil just sits on the surface layer of the skin; thus, the moisturiser won’t be able to penetrate the skin effectively. Also worthy of note here, is that although I do use moisturisers and serums, I do use oils on an almost nightly basis and I find them to remedy any of my dry or dehydrated skin woes.

Was this helpful? Do you have anything else to add to this cheat sheet? Jess x


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