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Ah, dry skin—if this is your skin type, then you may very well have a love-hate relationship (that’s mostly hate) with your complexion. After all, dry skin can sometimes feel uncomfortable and tight and look dull. That being said, there are skin care tips you can keep in mind and skin care products you can use to help keep your complexion hydrated and glow-y. Because yes, it takes more than just moisturizer to take care of dry skin. Below, 14 skin care rules those with dry skin should consider following. It’s time to upgrade your skin care routine and show your skin some major love!
If you think hot water is your friend—think again. When you turn the temperature up too high and wash off in hot water, this can strip your skin of essential oils, which can cause it to feel drier. That’s why it’s prudent to make the switch to rinsing in lukewarm water. Do so when you’re cleansing your complexion as well as when you’re in the shower. (Check out How to Turn Your Shower into a Spa-Like Experience.)
When you have dry skin, it’s important to pick a facial cleanser that is formulated for your skin type—and to be gentle while you’re cleansing. Consider using a micellar water, a no-rinse cleansing option that is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes. Just saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and lightly wipe the pad across your face. Easy does it! Since you don’t need to be near a sink to use micellar water, it makes a great travel companion. Pack it in your suitcase if you’re going on vacation or in your gym bag if you’re heading to a workout.
Dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin, causing it to look dull. Exfoliation can help slough off the buildup. So, if you have dry skin, try adding an exfoliating face scrub to your skin care routine. Pay attention to how your skin responds to figure out how often you should exfoliate your dry skin. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub, which immediately makes skin look more refined and feel comfortable. With continued use over time, skin looks smoother and glowing.
When you’ve just hopped out of the shower or finished washing your face, don’t towel off. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the best time to apply moisturizer is after cleansing, when your skin is still damp.
Regardless of your skin type, you should moisturize morning and night—and that certainly holds true for dry skin. Try one of the following L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care moisturizers for dry skin. Both are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. Apply your moisturizer of choice after cleansing, smoothing it over your face and neck.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin: Normal and dry skin faces external factors such as pollution and UV rays that can damage the skin’s moisture barrier, increasing loss of moisture and causing it to become drier. As a result, skin surfaces loses its glow, becoming dull-looking. This moisturizer envelops skin with moisture, helping it look more radiant and luminous.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin: Extra dry skin has a very fragile moisture barrier that can be easily damaged by external factors like pollution and UV rays. Skin consequently loses its ability to retain moisture, becoming easily dehydrated, feeling tight and uncomfortable. This moisture envelops skin with moisture, providing comfort.
Instead of choosing between moisturizer and facial oil, why not use both? Massage 4-5 drops of facial oil into your skin. Smooth it from your nose to ears, eyebrows to hairline, and neck to jawline. Follow up with your moisturizer of choice for a double dose of moisture.
OK, this rule isn’t exactly dry skin-specific, but it’s worth the reminder! You should take sun protection seriously, no matter what type of skin you have. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher each day and you should reapply it at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating). According to the FDA, this isn’t the only sun protection measure you should take. In addition to wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen, you should also limit your amount of time in the sun, seek shade whenever possible, and cover up exposed areas.
Editor’s note: You can moisturize your skin while providing it with sun protection! Just use a product that serves double-duty, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30. Of course, you can also choose to layer sunscreen over top of your regular moisturizer.
Using a face mask can be a totally relaxing experience—but that’s not all. If you have dry skin, listen up! Over time, harsh cleansing can be drying and sensitizing, leaving skin feeling uncomfortable. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask is formulated with kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava clays and is enhanced with seaweed to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and gently cleanse stressed areas. Immediately, skin feels refreshed and comfortable. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave the face mask on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Use twice a week for best results.
Your face isn’t the only area that can be dry—your lips can be, too. To help keep your lips hydrated, apply a lip conditioner whenever necessary. This can be particularly useful before applying lipstick, as you don’t want color to draw attention to any dryness.
Dry skin types should look for makeup that has a radiant finish. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation, L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer, and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Powder. Once you’re done applying makeup, help set your look with a setting spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. Avoid setting powders, which can settle into dry areas.
It’s not just about what makeup products you choose to use when you have dry skin—it’s also about how you apply your makeup. Instead of relying on your fingers, apply foundation with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. Use the makeup blender to bounce and blend your foundation onto your face until you’ve reached your desired amount of coverage. The makeup blender can help provide smooth, even application.
Dry skin can end up looking dull. To help fake the look of glowing skin, reach for the right makeup products. In this case, we’re talking about highlighter. Use a liquid highlighter to help create the appearance of radiance, dotting it above your cheekbones for believable-looking luminosity. The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer can be mixed into foundation for an overall dewy-looking complexion or used overtop to help define your face.
Keeping a refreshing facial mist nearby is a good idea if you have dry skin. That way you can help refresh your complexion throughout the day. Look for a formula infused with hydrating ingredients and apply whenever you feel like your skin needs a refresher. It’s the ideal, instant pick-me-up for dry skin—whether you’re at home or on the go. Spraying on a facial mist can feel especially refreshing on a hot summer day.
Your environment—both outside and inside—may not be doing your complexion any favors. Whether it’s cold and dry or you’re spending a lot of time inside air-conditioned air, the lack of moisture could be making your skin feel even drier. To help counter that lack of moisture in the air, invest in a humidifier. According to the AAD, using a humidifier is a good option for those with dry skin, as it can help put moisture back into the air. Snag a portable humidifier for your desk at work and one to sit by your night stand to help maintain hydration overnight.
Now that you’re a pro at taking care of your dry skin, find out more about How to Apply Makeup When You Have Dry Skin.