Dry Skin 101: Building the Perfect Skincare Routine
Everyone wants glowing, dewy-looking skin, but it can be especially difficult for people with dry skin.
If you have dry skin, chances are you’re familiar with redness, irritation, or a feeling of overall tightness in your skin. It may be worse when you get out of the shower or in the wintertime. Depending on the severity of your dry skin, you may experience flaking, fine lines or cracks, or itchiness. With endless products and countless contradicting opinions, building the perfect skincare routine can feel overwhelming.
We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to build the perfect dry skin routine, including what to look for and the lifestyle practices that will help you get that hydrated, glowing skin you’ve always wanted.
Dry vs. dehydrated skin
Although “dry skin” and “dehydrated skin” are often used interchangeably, the truth is that they are very different. Dryness refers to a skin type, while dehydration refers to a skin condition.
If you have dry skin, it means your skin lacks oil. Chances are you were born this way and have dry skin not only on your face but on your arms, legs, and the rest of your body as well. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, means that your skin lacks water. This can happen to people with any skin type; people with dry, oily, or combination skin can experience dehydration.
One great way to test if you have dehydrated skin is by doing the pinch test. Pinch a small amount of skin on your cheek, chest, abdomen, or back of your hand for a few seconds. Then, release. If your skin snaps back, you’re likely not dehydrated. If it takes a few seconds, you could be dehydrated.
Dehydrated skin can also come and go, feel oily and dry at the same time, and may cause breakouts. Dry skin, on the other hand, is constant.
Your skin needs both moisture and hydration. Drinking lots of water and eating water-rich foods (cucumber, tomatoes, spinach, etc.) is just as important as applying topical moisturizers and serums.
5 tips for building a dry skin skincare routine
1. Use a gentle, hydrating cleanser
A cleanser is an important step in your skincare routine, but choosing the wrong cleanser can make your skin feel even drier than usual. Look for a cleanser that is specially formulated for dry skin that will leave your skin feeling clean and hydrated rather than tight and uncomfortable. Only cleanse twice a day – at night and in the morning, and be gentle; you don’t want to irritate your skin further.
2. Choose a chemical exfoliant over a physical exfoliant
Having dry skin doesn’t mean skipping out on exfoliation; it just means choosing the exfoliant that works for you. Physical exfoliants like scrubs or facial tools can be abrasive and could irritate your skin. Instead, using a chemical exfoliant once a week can keep your skin looking fresh while removing impurities.
Look for formulas with AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids), that will exfoliate without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.
3. Apply a hydrating serum
A face serum is a formula with a high volume of active ingredients. The right serum can be a game-changer for dry skin and can be an excellent way to replenish the skin.
Hyaluronic acid is one of the most essential ingredients to look for in serum for dry skin. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it can draw water from the surroundings into your skin. If possible, it’s ideal for applying hyaluronic acid to your face in a humid setting – such as after a shower – onto skin that is not completely dry.
4. Moisturizer is your new best friend
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that dry skin needs moisturizer, but finding the right one is important. Dry skin benefits from richer moisturizers and lotions.
Goya Naturals Whipped Body Butters are perfect for locking moisture into your skin. Because it is an oil-based product, it can penetrate the skin’s barrier more deeply, leaving the skin hydrated and supple. Available in lavender and rose.
Goya Naturals Whipped Body Butters are completely vegan and come in 100% compostable packaging.
5. Don't forget about your lips and hands
If you have dry skin on your face, the chances are that you have dry skin on the rest of your body which needs care too.
Goya Naturals Lip Balms are completely made with locally sourced beeswax and are full of antioxidants and botanicals to help lock in moisture and protect your lips from environmental stressors. Available in sweet mint, natural, cinnamint, coffee, and spearmint vanilla flavors.
Your hands are also often the first to get dry throughout the day because of frequent washings. Goya Naturals Lotion Sticks are the perfect way to get the moisture your skin needs throughout the day. These all-purpose balms can be used for the face, hands, neck, decolletage, or anywhere you want to boost hydration. Because they are not liquid moisturizers, they are perfect for carry-on travel and convenient use.
Other good habits for dry skin
Your skincare routine is just a portion of what it means to take care of dry skin. Your lifestyle habits can also affect the health and hydration of your skin.
Here are a few things you can do to promote healthier, glowing skin:
Use lukewarm water: As relaxing as it feels to soak in a hot shower, hot water can strip the skin of its oils, leading to peeling, ashy, and dry skin. Instead, try to shower or wash your face with lukewarm water.Drink plenty of water: Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your skin - especially if your skin is on the dryer side.Get a humidifier: If you live in a dry climate, try incorporating a humidifier into your home to add moisture to the air.
Summing it up
Let’s get one thing straight: dry skin does not mean bad skin. Gentle, hydrating cleansers and serums, chemical exfoliants, and rich, creamy moisturizers and lip balms can help transform your dull, dry skin into the healthy, glowing skin you long for.
Give your dry skin the sustainable, all-natural, hydration it deserves with Goya Naturals. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram! (@goyanaturals).