Suffering from dry skin is frustrating. Doesn’t it seem like no matter what you do, your skin always feels dry?

Dry skin is caused by a lack of water in the skin, but dry skin types don’t produce as much oil as oily skin types. This lack of oil production means your skin needs extra love to keep your skin hydrated.

When I say hydrated, I don’t mean to drink tons of water. While drinking water IS important, hydration must begin inside the skin cell itself. If there’s minimal water inside the skin cell, the result is dry skin.

When there is little water inside the skin cell, no amount of moisturizer will help your dry skin.

The goal is to get your serums to penetrate the skin’s barrier so you can hydrate those skin cells, and keep the water IN the skin, so your skin feels plump and hydrated.

How can you hydrate dry skin?

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The answer is simple. Shift your skincare products to use ingredients that don’t strip the skin.

When I say the term “strip the skin” this means that you’re pulling out oil and water from the skin. Most over-the-counter products are designed this way because they know you will end up spending more money on products to fix the problem but never see results.

Working with an esthetician, like myself, will help you find products that work with your skin’s specific needs and help keep the water in the skin.

Influencers are there to sell you products. NOT help you with your skin. They have no background in skincare and most of them are not licensed estheticians. Think about who you’re getting your information from before making skin care purchases.

Estheticians can help you save time and money on skincare because we take the guesswork out of shopping and will only send you home with products that will make a positive impact on your skin.

The Ultimate Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

Step 1: Cleanse

We recommend beginning with an oil-based cleanser or cream-based cleanser and ditching the gel or foaming cleansers

Foaming cleansers strip the skin, removing water and oil from the skin, leaving your skin feeling tight and dry.

Step 2: Exfoliate

We recommend exfoliating your skin once a week to keep the skin healthy and prevent dry, flaky skin

Avoid scrubs or acids which break down the skin’s barrier and cause evaporation of the water from your skin cells. Switch to a gommage that gently removes surface build-up and dry, flaky skin.

Step 3: Serums

We recommend hydrating serums that you can layer underneath your antiaging or acne serum

Applying a hyaluronic acid serum first helps attract water inside the skin cell itself.

NOTE: Not all hyaluronic acid serums are created equal! Most over-the-counter serums sit on top of the skin, which means they’re pulling water out of the cells. The goal is to keep the water IN the cells.

Check out our recommendation because this hyaluronic acid serum has ingredients to help penetrate the skin.

Step 4: Moisturize and Protect

We recommend a hydrating moisturizer to use day and night.

You’ll also need an SPF to protect your skin during the day. We have tinted SPF moisturizers and an SPF that can be applied over your moisturizer.

The tinted SPF moisturizer is a 1-step product that saves you time.

The daily SPF is not a moisturizer but can be applied multiple times & is great for pool or beach days or when you’re sitting at your kids’ games.

This is a better option for our dry skin clients because using a heavier moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated, then applying SPF over helps prevent your skin from feeling dry.

How can your esthetician help your dry skin?

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Having a trusted esthetician who understands the skin and skin care products is key to helping you achieve your skin’s goals.

Influencers are out there selling products. They have no background in the skin to understand what they’re trying to sell you. Most times we buy products because those influencers have the skin we desire.

Remember, their skin and your skin are completely different and what is working for them, doesn’t always work for you.

Estheticians can customize your skincare routine to ensure the products you are using will help you with your skin’s goals. This ends up saving you time and money on skincare, because you no longer have to constantly shop, hoping that the next product will be the magic potion!

If you have questions or comments, please write them in the comment section below.

See you next week!

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