It can be challenging to find the best skin care routine, no matter your skin type. However, dry skin can be one of the trickiest ones to get down. Your skin changes throughout the seasons and depending on the environment, so you can expect your dry skin to get much dryer in the cooler months.
A skin routine that works for you during the spring season might be a thing of the past come winter, but there is no need to stress about anything.
At Nourishing Biologicals, we’re here to help you achieve the best routine for your skin. If your dry skin is apparent by showing signs of scaling, itchy, or cracking, then you're in the right place. Let's talk about why you have skin; this way, we can work together to find a solution for you.
What Causes Dry Skin
Having dry skin is challenging —- figuratively and literally. While some people have it more severe than others, that's not to say all dry skin types can be a struggle to manage when the weather changes.
Dry skin can be passed down by genetics, but there are other reasons you can acquire dry skin too. This includes factors such as:
- Dry Air
- Harsh weather and environment
- Washing with hard or hot water
- Excessive washing
- Certain medical conditions
- Exposure to harsh chemicals in soaps or other products
- Unbalanced skin pH
We know it may be hard to read off that list and instantly pinpoint why you have dry skin. However, the cause of dry skin is usually considered an external reason or internal reason.
The internal cause would be due to reasons such as vitamin deficiencies, genetics, or preexisting medical conditions. The external cause would be harsh soaps, bathing habits, or humidity levels.
Seems like a lot to remember? Well, don't worry; we're going to give you a routine that will work regardless of the reasoning behind your dry skin.
You should start your routine with the basics, no matter your skin type. What changes your skin isn't necessarily the routine but the products you use every day.
Yes, adding certain steps or removing others may result in a slight change, but the real results happen when you prioritize the skin care essentials you need.
This five-step skin routine is a great place to start.
After you’ve used your favorite makeup remover, start your routine with a hydrating cleansing, like our Miracular Hydrating Cleanser. It incorporates ingredients that are great for dry skin as it is very hydrating and helps visibly restore the skin barrier.
Toners are crucial additions to your routine, especially if you have dry skin. Keep in mind that many toners often have alcohol which is notorious for drying out your skin – steer clear of those. Instead, look for toners with an alcohol-free label.
Toners with hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, rose water, or glycerin are all great if you have dry skin.
Serums are hydrating skin care products that help plump healthy skin and visibly reduce the look of fine lines. The step is solely to deeply hydrate your skin. The best way to do so is by using a serum with hyaluronic acid and sea kelp.
The Miracular Face Serum combines Growth Factors, Hyaluronic Acid, and antioxidants to fortify and restore the skin’s barrier.
Moisturize –(let's discuss skin essence)
Arguably the most crucial part of any skincare routine— moisturization. This is a step that cannot be skipped but can also be hard to do right. Many moisturizers can be heavy, causing clogged pores resulting in breakouts.
Finding the perfect moisturizer can be tricky, but we've got some tricks that might help you purchase the right one.
These are the ingredients we like:
- Oil-free formula
- Prevents breakouts
- Hydrates with humectants
You want a product that hydrates and heals without clogging your pores. We say opt for anything oil-free that has moisturizing properties. Our Miracular Skin Essence includes Hyaluronic Acid, Sea Kelp, Collagen Peptides, and jojoba seed oil to give your skin moisture and hydration within minutes of application.
You don't have to break your bank by buying the most expensive moisturizer. There are tons of great products that moisturize your skin without costing you a fortune.
Protect with Sunscreen
Not only does protecting your skin prevent it from drying out, but it's also crucial for the health of your skin. The sun's UV rays can be very harmful to your skin.
Most moisturizers have 15 SPF automatically; however, that won't be enough to protect your skin if you're in the sun for a more extended amount of time. Always apply a generous layer of sunscreen before leaving.
All Natural Skin Routine
If you're someone that prefers sticking to natural ingredients, we have some options for you too. There are so many natural products that offer nourishment and moisturization.
Coconut oil, avocado oil, and oatmeal are good natural products you should consider using if you want an all-natural option.
Skin Routine for the Winter
Your skin will obviously be drier in the winter than in the summertime when the air is much more humid. Here’s how to prepare when you need it the most.
Prep Your Room
Your skincare routine doesn't just start in the bathroom in the morning; it should be way before then. Start by prepping your room. In the winter months, the air is arid. An excellent way to counter the effect on your skin is by putting a humidifier in your room.
It doesn't have to make your room feel hot or nasty. Simply invest in a cool air humidifier – you won't even notice it's there. Until, of course, you start to see the changes in your skin.
Watch Your Diet
While this can be implemented during any time of the year, it's especially apparent during the winter months, as your skin needs any help it can get.
Caffeine is known for drying out your skin, and when it's extra chilly, some people tend to up their coffee intake more often than not. If this is the case for you, consider switching over to decaf halfway through the day or increase your water intake.
In the summer, water is a must. It's hot, and it's easy to get dehydrated. When it's not as hot, it can be easy to forget to drink water. The best way to keep your skin as healthy as possible is by drinking plenty of water.
Always Use Sunscreen… Even In Winter
Using sunscreen every day – rain or shine -- is important for the health of your skin. Not only does it keep your skin moisturized, but it can also reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
The sun is notorious for drying out your skin, which is why a layer of protectant is extremely important.
All The Antioxidants
As we said before, your skin needs all the help it can get during those colder months. This is why ensuring you're applying antioxidants to your skin daily is crucial.
Antioxidants can help prevent your skin from being attacked by radicals, which can cause dark spots and premature lines.
Apply Face Masks at Night
Doing face masks a few times a week can help get your skin the needed nutrients to keep it moisturized. Face masks are best if you use natural ingredients in your fridge or pantry.
Ingredients like honey, raw eggs, oatmeal, and olive oil are all ingredients that are very moisturizing and can be used for your weekly face mask.
What To Avoid
While you may now have the best skincare routine for your dry skin, no matter the time of the year, we still have a few things we want you to remember to steer clear of or things you want to be sure you remember to do.
Avoid Harsh Products
Avoiding harsh products is key to protecting your skin from drying out. Alcohol-free products are your best bet. Try to avoid products that contain:
- Chemical peels
- Glycolic acid
- Salicylic acid
Avoid Hot Water
Taking baths and showers is super hot water that can seriously dry out your skin. We know it can be tough, especially during the colder months, as everyone wants to soak in hot water.
Hydrate Your Skin With Nourishing Biologicals
When it comes to skincare, you can expect your journey to be full of ups and downs. It can be hard to find the perfect routine, despite the amount of research you do. It's really a matter of knowing your skin and what works for you.
At Nourishing Biologicals, we always suggest you have a more intense routine during the winter and ensure you're using plenty of sunscreen during the summer. There are plenty of tips and tricks you can implement into your daily routine that can help keep your skin moisturized.