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The Best Morning & Nighttime Skincare Routines for Dry Skin

A well-rounded skincare routine is essential for keeping dry skin soft, smooth, and healthy. Here is our guide to the best morning and nighttime skincare routines for dry skin types. 

Main Causes of Dry Skin

Dry skin happens when the skin doesn’t produce enough sebum (our skin’s natural oil). Skin type is determined by genetics, which is why some people have oily skin (which means they produce more oil), while others have dry skin. Keep in mind that your skin type can change over time, largely due to the fact that our skin produces less sebum as we age. 

Beyond your genetics, there are other external factors that can contribute to dryness. This includes over exfoliating, using harsh soaps, taking hot showers, and applying drying topical products. 

Neglecting to maintain a proper skincare routine that is appropriate for your skin’s needs can also cause the complexion to feel parched and uncomfortable. While you can’t change your skin type, the right regimen will keep your complexion looking and feeling its best.  

Morning Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

Here’s a step-by-step look at the perfect morning skincare routine for dry skin: 

  • Cleanse (Optional): Some people choose not to cleanse their skin in the morning, but if you do, be sure you’re reaching for a non-foaming formula made with hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin.
  • Hydrate with a Serum: A hyaluronic acid serum – like our gentle  Hyaluronic Pure Boost Serum – will help lock water into the skin to keep it soft and properly hydrated.  
  • Moisturize: A moisturizer is absolutely essential for dry skin, as it will add moisture to the skin and support barrier health. Cream-based formulas made with ingredients like shea butter, plant oils, squalane, and ceramides are particularly great for dry skin. 
  • Protect with Sunscreen: Last but not least, apply a sunscreen to keep your skin protected against harmful UVA and UVB rays. 
  • Nighttime Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

    At the end of the day, here is each step you should follow in your dry skin routine:

  • Cleanse: In the evening, the first step is to cleanse your skin. Just like in the morning, you’ll want to reach for a hydrating, non-foaming cleanser that refreshes without stripping the skin. If you’re wearing makeup and/or sunscreen, you should double cleanse using an oil or balm cleanser. 
  • Hydrate with a Serum: Hyaluronic acid is gentle on the skin, so you can apply it again in the evening for optimal results. 
  • Moisturize: A moisturizer is key for ensuring you wake up with comfortable, smooth skin. You can use the same formula you use in the morning, or you can reach for a thicker night cream. 
  • Targeted Treatments and Ingredients

    The above outlines an effective foundational routine, but you may choose to layer in additional treatments to address other skin concerns. Serums contain high concentrations of active ingredients that tackle specific needs, such as discoloration, fine lines, and dullness. Those with dry skin will especially benefit from a fragrance-free serum formulated with hydrating ingredients, like ourVitamin C Boost Serum and ourCoQ10 Boost Serum

    Small Batch Serums

    Additionally, if you’re looking to exfoliate the skin to improve texture and tone, we suggest reaching for products made with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs chemically exfoliate while helping the skin hold onto moisture, which is especially helpful for dry skin. 

    Lifestyle Tips for Managing Dry Skin

    Beyond being consistent with a targeted skincare routine, there are a few changes you can make to your daily life to help manage your dry skin:

    • Avoid taking hot showers, as the heat can dry out the skin.
    • Use a humidifier in your home, especially in dry environments. This will add moisture back to the air, which directly affects your skin. 
    • If your skin is feeling especially parched, cut back on treatments made with potentially drying ingredients, such as retinol.