The Extra Dry Skincare Routine You Didn’t Know You Needed

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If dry skin hasn’t been your friend, we’re here to help. This extra dry skincare routine is sure to quench your skin’s thirst and give it the hydration it needs to just... be. 

Dry skin can feel like the end of the world. And extra dry skin? Ugh. What did we do to deserve this? First thing’s first, you are not alone. In fact, many, many people struggle with dry skin and the only way to get over it is to get through it. We’re sharing four steps to this extra dry skincare routine to get your skin back to glow town. 

Step 1: Cleanse 

The first step of every skincare routine is to rid your skin of all the dirt and debris. This is where cleansers come into play. A gentle, exfoliating cleanser is ideal in a dry skincare routine to help remove build-up, flakes, and texture. This very important first step allows the treatments and moisturizers that follow to actually penetrate your skin better and deeper. Cleanser is your friend… and a no-skip-step,  even if you feel like there is nothing to wash off. 

Step 2: Treat 

Having to manage clogged pores and blemishes without causing even more dryness is a struggle. Trust us, we get it. This is why it’s critical to follow up your cleanser with a treatment serum that has a hydrating base so that your skin doesn’t even have time to think about drying out. Our Clear Slate serum has 20% Aloe to ensure blemishes are targeted without drying you out. We may be biased, but it’s pretty great (with pretty packaging).

Step 3: Moisturize 

If dry skin is your M.O., kick gel moisturizers to the curb-- at least until summertime. Gels are high in water content, which is what gives them the lightweight, fast-absorbing qualities we love (especially for oily skin and summer heat). But if your skin is in need of heavy-duty moisture stat, you’ll want to reach for a cream moisturizer instead to provide more full-coverage hydration.  Creams contain oils that are emollients which reinforce the skin barrier and prevent water loss. Those with dry skin should have a cream moisturizer handy whenever things get rough.

Step 4: Sunscreen

Protecting your skin from UVA and UVB rays will help prevent sun-induced damage that can worsen dryness, itching, and sensitivities. This is why sunscreen should be a part of your extra dry skincare routine on a daily basis. Yes, even on a dull winter day when you’re stuck inside watching Netflix.

Finding the perfect products that’ll make your skin sing may take some time. Everyone’s skin is different and, unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you ask), you’ll have to do some experimenting to nail down the most effective dry skincare routine for you. Strive for progress, not perfection. And have fun while you’re at it! 

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