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The Ultimate Guide To Dry Skin

Dry Skin Beauty Guide

If you’ve taken my skin type test and know that your skin type is dry, then you’re in the right place! If you have oily skin, then head on over to my oily and acne prone beauty guide. DRY SKIN BABES, KEEP ON SCROLLING!

 

SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR DRY SKIN

CLEANSE (AM/PM)
TONE (AM/PM)
MOISTURIZE (AM with SPF/PM)
EXFOLIATE (2x weekly)
MASK (1x weekly)
OPTIONAL: serum, eye cream, monthly facial, professional treatments

BEST INGREDIENTS FOR DRY SKIN 

These are a few of my favorite skincare ingredients that really help compensate for the lack of natural oil.  There are also some ingredients I try to avoid, so check those too.

Jojoba Oil – This oil is actually the closest thing to the oil our skin naturally produces. I get it from Whole Foods and the brand I like is called Aura Cacia.
Rose – Rosewater, Rose oil, rose extract… Girl, I love it all. It is SO soothing, calming, and gives so much nourishment and hydration. Fresh Beauty has an amazing rose based skincare range, the rose face mask makes the skin look flawless AF.
Rosehip Oil – Now, this is not to be confused with rose oil! Rosehip is an entirely different plant and quite honestly it’s not nearly as pretty. LOL. Looks aside, it’s one of my favorite oils to use on the face because it’s full of antioxidants, helps retain moisture, and gives major nourishment. I buy it at Whole Foods (same brand as the jojoba oil) and use this in place of a night cream.

So now, let’s talk products! My skin type is combination, but my U-zone gets hella dry in the winter months, so I totally feel the dry skin struggle! I’ve tried a ton of different products and these are the ones I always reach for when my skin needs some extra nourishment.

CLEANSER

I love a milk cleanser because they’re nice and gentle. Another good option is an oil cleanser (my fave here), they melt makeup off in like 2 seconds and are super nourishing.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Lucky you! I have an entire dedicated blog post that is super comprehensive.

TONER

You can never go wrong with a rosewater toner. Avoid toners with alcohol because they will just dry you out!
RECOMMENDATIONS: FRESH // HERITAGE STORE // CLARINS

MOISTURIZER

All of these give SO much nourishment but won’t leave you feeling greasy. I also love using a facial oil at night or sometimes I’ll just apply a few drops to a dry flaky patch. Don’t forget your SPF in the daytime (these are all my fave sunscreens)!
RECOMMENDATIONS:  AURA CACIA // ÉMINENCE // DERMALOGICA // KIEHL’S

EXFOLIANT

Aggressively scrubbing at dry patches isn’t going to make them go away, it will just make them angry. Use a gentle physical exfoliant go with something chemical.
RECOMMENDATIONSDERMALOGICA // OLEHENRICKSEN // KERSTIN FLORIAN  // EPICUREN

MASK

Always make sure to cleanse and exfoliate before you mask so there are no dead skin cells blocking absorption.
MY RECOMMENDATIONS: FRESH // PETER THOMAS ROTH // ORIGINS

TREATMENTS + TOOLS

I’m SO obsessed with my Clarisonic and the radiance brush head is perfect for dry skin, it’s super gentle and gets rid of any dullness.

Serums are super concentrated with all the good shit your skin loves. So rather than layering on a bajillion creams, just use a serum. ALSO! EYE CREAM! For me, it’s a major key because I tend to get dry patches around my eyes. I use this eye cream in the morning because it has SPF and this one in the evening. The order of application? Cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream and moisturizer.
MY SERUM RECOMMENDATIONS: MY ORGANIC ZONE // OLEHENRICKSON

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PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS

Getting a facial once a month just takes the glow game to another level. Ya know?
FAVE PLACES FOR A FACIAL IN VANCOUVERWillow Stream Spa // Bombay Beauty Co. // Skoah //  The Spa at Equinox

These are the only two places I trust when it comes to medical-grade skincare treatments.
SKIN TECHNIQUE (Vancouver)
KATE SOMERVILLE SKIN HEALTH EXPERTS (LA)
TREATMENT RECOMMENDATION: The Hydra Facial is fucking magical. Your skin gets a deep cleanse, microdermabrasion (which low-key feels like a cat licking your face) to exfoliate and then finally an infusion highly concentrated with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and other skin loving things. The infusion is medical grade btw, so it’s no joke. Another thing I love about this treatment is that it’s amazing for removing blackheads, the machine literally vacuums them right out.

MORE DRY SKIN TIPS

– I know it can be tempting to want to exfoliate a lot when you have dry flaky patches, but if you go to hard you’ll just make your skin even dryer. Max 2-3X a week!
– Don’t overwash your face (no more than 2X a day) or you’ll strip the skin of its natural oils.
– Try to keep your shower at a reasonable temperature, when the water is too hot it leads to dryness.
– Always pat the skin dry after washing, don’t rub.
Don’t wait a million years before putting on the rest of your products after washing your face, you want to lock in hydration and give it that nourishment ASAP.
– Other skin troubles? These are 8 ways you’re secretly sabotaging your skin.

MAKEUP TIPS 

– Prepping the skin using a primer (my all time fave) or moisturizer is essential for getting your makeup to last and also creates a smooth base for foundation.
Oil priming is something I’m obsessed with, it’s so good for dry skin and honestly just gives the most amazing glow
– A foundation that has a dewy finish (my current fave) will be the most flattering, a matte formula can just cling to dry patches and enhance rough texture.
– Always mist yourself with setting spray (my fave) after using powder to restore moisture and take away the dry, cakey look.

BEST MAKEUP FOR DRY SKIN