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The Best Tips for Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin

Written by Irina Webb

Are you looking for the best skin care routine for dry skin?  In this expert best skin care for dry skin review, you will learn about products I consider safe and effective for dry skin based on their ingredients and effectiveness.  Additionally, you will find out what ingredients work best for dry skin according to dermatologists.  Plus, you will see why there is no need to worry about acids among dry skin care product ingredients.  To learn about my anti-wrinkle treatment secrets as part of my step-by-step rejuvenation regimen, visit my Non-Toxic Anti-Aging Beauty Routine Guide.

skin care routine for dry skin. A picture of aloe leaves.

Is there any skin care routine for dry skin and pimples?

To begin with, the best skin care for dry skin starts with establishing the cause.  Indeed, various factors can contribute to skin dryness – from dehydration to hormonal imbalances.

Also, remember that some ingredients in conventional skin care products may worsen the problem instead of easing it.  This happened to me when I struggled with severe acne in my 20s.  I almost used gasoline to burn the pimples because I thought of the burn scars as less evil than acne.  Fortunately, I decided against this extreme regimen.

At that time, the only approach I knew of to fight acne was to use skin care products with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.  In addition to killing bacteria on my skin, including beneficial bacteria, they caused my skin to dry and peel.  So, I can relate to anyone who has flaky, itchy, tight and reddened skin with deepened wrinkles.  (If you are looking for safe acne relief products, check out my acne skincare listing.)

After doing research into skin care ingredients (learn about my research method here), I was able to solve my skin problem.  Now, both the dryness and pimples are gone!  As it turns out, what my skin needed most was a balanced skin care routine for dry skin.  Actually, it was put to the test by wind, cold, and frost during my winter vacation in the mountains.  So, stay with me to learn about my high altitude-proof best skin care for dry skin.

What can help with very dry skin?

Before we talk about a skin care routine for dry skin, let us discuss the ingredients that, reportedly, work best for dry skin.

According to this study on the role of moisturizers in treating dermatitis, the following groups of ingredients are beneficial for dry skin: emollients, humectants, and occlusives.  See what they do for the skin and what specific ingredients they include.

GroupFunctionIndividual ingredients
EmollientsImprove skin barrier function, membrane fluidity, and cell signaling.Ceramides, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, shea butter, fatty acids (e.g., stearic, linoleic, oleic acids)
HumectantsAttract water into the outer layer of the skin (epidermis).Hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, honey, panthenol, glycerin, gelatin, sorbitol
OcclusivesBlock water evaporation from the skin.Oils, waxes

Given their functions, the best skin care for dry skin seems to use a combination of ingredients from each group.  Remember to apply humectants (hyaluronic acid) and occlusives (oils) onto damp skin to trap moisture.

As a side note, mineral oil and petroleum jelly are common occlusives in conventional dry skin care products.  Personally, I do not use products with these ingredients because, being petroleum-based, they may have contaminants associated with petroleum.  

For instance, some of these contaminants may include carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting benzo[a]pyrene, carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and thyroid-disrupting and allergenic resorcinol.  (Learn how to avoid contaminants and heavy metals in makeup here.)

Another acknowledged occlusive is dimethicone.  You can learn more about it in my post Does Dimethicone Belong in Toxin-Free Makeup and Skin Care?.

Should I worry about acid in my facial product?

I believe the main reason for the worry is a misconception that all acids can irritate the skin.  To prevent missing out on the benefits of acids in your skin care routine for dry skin, let’s get to the bottom of it.

To start with, when a substance is acidic, it means it has a low pH (on a scale of 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral).  

For reference, water pH is 7, apple cider vinegar pH is 2, and natural human skin pH is around 4.7.  The latter can be affected, though, by cosmetic products, tap water, and climate.  According to this study, pH below 5.0 is better for the skin than pH above 5.0 because it is beneficial for the resident bacterial flora.

Further, the lactic and hyaluronic acids that I consider highly appropriate for the best skin care for dry skin have pH values of 3.5 and 5.0-8.0, respectively.

As for me, I am not worried about these acids in my facial products and welcome their benefits.

Thus, hyaluronic acid helps skin cells retain moisture if you apply it onto damp skin.  And lactic acid stimulates ceramide synthesis in the epidermis, promoting a superior skin lipid barrier and dry skin resistance.

If there is fatty acid in your product, like stearic acid, it accelerates skin barrier repair and development and improves skin hydration. (source)

What is daily skin care routine for dry skin?

For starters, the problem of dry skin is that it does not seem to be able to retain moisture.  Consequently, it feels very tight and thirsty, always asking for hydration.  Therefore, it is important to adopt a wholesome approach to choosing the best skin care for dry skin to fix the skin’s protective barrier. 

First, consider following some of the American Academy of Dermatology Association’s advice on how to soothe dry skin.  In fact, one of the things they mention is selecting the right laundry detergent.  Take advantage of my Guide to the Safest Laundry Detergents to help you make the switch to a safer option.

Second, make sure you hydrate yourself regularly with clean filtered water.  If you need help with choosing a water filter, visit the IRLFY shop Water Filtration section.

Third, stay consistent with the basic daily skin care routine for dry skin.  In my opinion, the basic steps include:

  • cleansing
  • exfoliating (not daily, though)
  • toning, and
  • moisturizing.

Read on to see my recommendations for the best skin care for dry skin that I consider safe and effective.

How to choose the right facial cleanser

washing face as part of the best skin care for dry skin. A picture of a woman washing her face.

To begin, there are four types of cleansers: 

  • foaming soap-based cleansers,
  • foaming soap-free cleansers,
  • non-foaming crème cleansers, and
  • cleansing oils.

I used to think that foaming soap-based and soap-free cleansers were not the best choices for a skin care routine for dry skin.  The reason for that was the apprehension that they might strip the little oil that dry skin produces naturally.  While it may still be true, we must really look at the product’s formulation.  For instance, when I still had dry skin, I started using Crunchi Gentle Facial Soap Bar.  My skin never feels dry with this soap because it contains shea butter and moisturizing oils including argan oil and jojoba oil, which prevent the skin from drying.

Besides, your choices for the best skin care for dry skin will depend on the level of your skin’s dryness and personal preference.  Thus, I prefer face washes that lather, but you may prefer non-foaming crème cleansers and cleansing oils, which is fine!

Normally, non-foaming crème cleansers are mild and non-drying, but they do not remove makeup that well.  If you need to remove makeup, cleansing oils work better than non-foaming crème cleansers.  They cleanse just as well and replenish the little oil they might be stripping away.  Afterward, your skin will feel clean and soft, not tight at all, which makes cleansing oils great for a skin care routine for dry skin.

Face wash options for the best skin care for dry skin

Cleansing productDescription
Annmarie Aloe Herb Cleanser– creamy, mild, and non-drying
– lots of organic oils and botanicals
– scented with citrus essential oil
– glass bottle
Blissoma Mild Rice Cleanser– creamy and mild
– contains lots of healing herbs and organic botanicals
– scented with essential oils
– glass bottle
Crunchi Gentle Facial Soap Bar ($10 off on the first order of $50+)– gentle and mild
– lathers
– contains moisturizing oatmeal and organic oils (jojoba oil, argan oil, shea butter)
– wrapped in paper (no plastic)
– I am using it, and my skin never feels dry.
NYR Frankincense Refining Cleanser– gentle and creamy
– contains organic oils and butters
– scented with essential oils
– plastic tube
NYR Orange Flower Facial Wash– gentle and creamy
– contains organic oils
– scented with essential oils
– glass bottle
NYR Sensitive Comfort + Hydrate Micellar Cleanser– no rinse
– contains hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, and organic aloe leaf powder
– no essential oils
– glass bottle
Primally Pure Cleansing Oil for Dry Skin (READLABELS10 for 10% off)– organic oils (jojoba, apricot, avocado, castor, rosehip)
– scented with essential oils
– glass bottle
Pure Haven Clear Up Cleanser– lathers
– contains lots of botanical extracts and some organic oils
– no essential oils
– plastic bottle
Pure Haven Refresh Cleanser with Pre+Probiotics– lathers
– contains lots of botanical extracts (some are organic)
– no essential oils
– plastic bottle

How to pick the right facial exfoliator

A picture of a woman exfoliating her skin.

What is the gentlest way to exfoliate skin as part of a skin care routine for dry skin? 

First off, skin exfoliation helps your toner and moisturizer work more efficiently and gives your complexion a radiant glow.

The best skin care for dry skin does not involve apricot pits, raspberry seeds or sugar scrubs.  Rather, it involves gentler exfoliators, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid.  Specifically, they effortlessly dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells together.  As a result, with dead cells gone, dry patches disappear, and your skin acquires smoothness and radiance.

Another exfoliating ingredient that works gentler on your skin than conventional scrubs is pumice powder (aka volcanic ash).  As you may know, it forms during volcanic eruptions.

Yet another exfoliating ingredient is candelilla wax beads considered even gentler than pumice powder.  Reportedly, they are not abrasive to the skin, and when massaged onto the skin, they gradually dissolve.

Although my first choice would be a product with glycolic and lactic acids, I will give you several options to pick from.  Indeed, we are all different and have different skin and preferences.

For the best skin care for dry skin, follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the frequency of exfoliation.  Also, it is a good idea to do a patch test first.  Do not use if irritation occurs!

Exfoliator options for a skin care routine for dry skin

ExfoliatorDescription
Beauty by Earth Facial Scrub (IREAD12 for 12% off)– uses pumice (volcanic ash)
– contains chlorophyll and lots of botanical extracts
– scented with essential oils
– plastic tube
Blissoma Refine – Clay Renewal Treatment– uses rhassoul clay
– contains lots of organic botanicals and oils
– scented with essential oils
– glass jar
Crunchi I AM Polished™ Facial Exfoliator ($10 off on the first order of $50+)– uses glycolic, lactic, and fruit acids
– uses pumice (volcanic ash)
– contains organic bergamot and spearmint essential oils
– glass jar
Pure Haven Exfoliator with Pre+Probiotics– creamy
– uses candelilla wax scrubbing beads
– contains lots of botanical extracts and some organic oils
– scented with essential oils
– plastic tube

How to pick the right facial toner

toning skin as best skin care for dry skin. A picture of a woman toning her skin.

On the one hand, including a toner in the best skin care for dry skin is optional. 

To clarify, a toner acts to restore the pH balance of your skin after a cleanser.  Hence, whether your skin pH balance needs to be restored depends on the cleanser you use.  Normally, crème cleansers and cleansing oils do not require a toner to bring the skin back to its normal pH.  Being acidic (vs. alkaline), these types of cleansers should not disturb your skin’s natural acid mantle. 

On the other hand, you might need a toner in your skin care routine for dry skin for several reasons.

First, if you use oil as your main moisturizing product, a toner provides moisture that the oil seals in. 

Second, if there is irritation or blemishes on your skin, a toner with anti-inflammatory herbs can help soothe it.

Third, a toner removes any residue of makeup left after cleansing and helps the skin absorb serum or moisturizer better.  

I used to think that astringent ingredients, such as witch hazel and alcohol, are too drying for dry skin.  Now I believe it is important to look at a product’s entire formulation rather than individual ingredients. 

For instance, Crunchi Clarilight Facial Essence contains witch hazel.  But it also contains organic aloe vera leaf juice, glycerin, and sodium hyaluronate that, in my opinion, offset its potential astringent effect.  Indeed, I use this toner in my skin care routine for dry skin, and it is not drying at all!

Facial toner options for the best skin care for dry skin

TonerDescription
Annmarie Neroli Toning Mist– only three ingredients: organic aloe leaf juice, aspen bark extract, neroli flower essential oil – glass bottle
Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Toner & Facial Mist (IREAD12 for 12% off)– uses witch hazel extract, but organic aloe leaf juice, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid should offset its potential astringent effect
– lots of organic botanicals
– no essential oils
– glass bottle
Blissoma Ion Hydrating Tonique– organic aloe juice, sodium PCA
– lots of healing and soothing organic herbs
– scented with essential oils
– glass bottle
Blissoma Serene Sacred Waters Tonique– healing organic herbs
– no essential oils
– glass bottle
Crunchi Clarilight Facial Essence ($10 off on the first order of $50+)– uses witch hazel water, but organic aloe vera juice, glycerin, and sodium hyaluronate make it gentle and hydrating
– lots of botanicals (some are organic)
– scented with essential oils
– glass bottle
– I am using it, and it is not drying at all!
NYR Intense Hydrating Essence– glycerin, aloe vera juice, sodium hyaluronate
– lots of botanicals (most are organic)
– scented with essential oils
– glass bottle
NYR Rejuvenating Frankincense Toner– organic aloe leaf juice and collagen-stimulating peptide
– scented with essential oils
– glass bottle
Primally Pure Soothing Mist (READLABELS10 for 10% off)– uses witch hazel, but organic aloe vera juice and glycerin should offset its potential astringent effect
– scented with essential oils
– glass bottle

How to pick the right moisturizer for a skin care routine for dry skin

moisturizing skin as part of skin care routine for dry skin. A picture of a woman's hands holding a moisturizer.

What is a moisturizer?  Simply put, it is a product that helps moisten your skin.

In my opinion, a moisturizer for the best skin care for dry skin should contain hyaluronic acid because it retains water very well.  Make sure to apply the hyaluronic acid on damp skin, though.

According to this study on moisturizers, the following groups of ingredients are used in moisturizers to do the hydrating and moisturizing jobs: emollients, humectants, and occlusives. 

First, emollients consist of lipids and enhance skin hydration, smoothness, softness, and flexibility.  Some examples are ceramides, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, shea butter, fatty acids (e.g., stearic, linoleic, oleic acids).

Second, humectants consist of hygroscopic substances that help the epidermis absorb water from both the dermis and a humid environment.  Some examples are hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, honey, panthenol, glycerin, gelatin, and sorbitol.

Third, occlusives are mostly oil-based and help the skin retain water by creating a hydrophobic barrier over the skin.  Examples are oils and waxes (should be applied on damp skin!). 

In my daily moisturizing skin care routine for dry skin, I use a serum before a moisturizer because it helps the moisturizer work more effectively. 

My current favorites are Crunchi Multi-Peptide Serum, Crunchi Daylight Facial Cream, and Neal’s Yard Remedies Intense Lift or Intense Age-Defying cream.  I have studied every ingredient in all Crunchi products and stand by their quality.  But, of course, I will give you other options to help you create your best skin care for dry skin.

Serum options for dehydrated skin

SerumDescription
Annmarie Citrus Stem Cell Serum  – organic aloe vera leaf juice, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid
– lots of organic botanical ingredients
– scented with essential oils
– glass bottle
Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Serum (IREAD12 for 12% off)– organic aloe vera leaf juice, organic glycerin, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid
– organic botanical extracts
– no essential oils
– glass bottle
Blissoma Timeless Vitamin C Reconstruction Concentrate– organic moisturizing oils
– no essential oils
– glass bottle
Crunchi Goldenlight Multi-Peptide Serum ($10 off on the first order of $50+)– glycerin and hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid
– organic botanical extracts
– no essential oils
– glass bottle
Pure Haven Hyaluronic Acid– organic aloe vera juice, sodium hyaluronate, and glycerin
– healing organic botanical extracts
– no essential oils
– glass bottle
Holding Crunchi Multi-Peptide Serum

Moisturizer options for skin care routine for dry skin

MoisturizerDescription
Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Night Cream (IREAD12 for 12% off)– high amount of hyaluronic acid, aloe vera juice, and glycerin
– light and non-greasy
– no essential oils
– no scent (works for people sensitive to any slight scent)
– glass jar
Crunchi Daylight Cream ($10 off on the first order of $50+)– organic aloe leaf juice, glycerin, jojoba seed oil, sodium hyaluronate
– lots of organic botanicals
– scented with essential oil
– glass bottle
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NYR Frankincense Intense™ Age Defying Cream (for best skin care for dry skin under 50)– glycerin, organic cocoa seed butter, organic aloe vera leaf juice powder, sodium hyaluronate, peptides
– lots of organic herbal oils
– scented with essential oils
– glass jar
NYR Frankincense Intense™ Lift Cream (for skin care routine for dry skin 50+)– glycerin, organic cocoa seed butter, organic argan oil, hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, peptides
– lots of organic herbal oils
– scented with essential oils
– glass jar

Facial oil options for water retention

Facial oilDescription
Annmarie Anti-Aging Facial Oil– infused in an array of beneficial plants
– organic or wildcrafted botanicals
– glass bottle
Crunchi Littles Super Serum ($10 off on the first order of $50+)– though called serum, it is actually oil
– beneficial and organic oils
– no essential oils
– glass bottle
Earthley Wellness Rejuvenate Me Facial Serum  – though called serum, it is actually an oil blend
– organic raspberry seed oil and argan oil
– scented with 2 essential oils
– glass bottle
Henne Illumine Face Oil (READLABELS for 15% off)– lots of beneficial and organic oils
– scented with essential oils
– glass bottle
Henne Serene Face Oil (READLABELS for 15% off)– lots of beneficial and organic oils
– no essential oils
– glass bottle
Kosmatology Rose Geranium Face Moisturizing Oil  – organic and beneficial oils
– scented with essential oils
– glass bottle
NYR Orange Flower Face Oil– organic and beneficial oils
– scented with essential oils
– glass bottle
Primally Pure Plumping Serum (READLABELS10 for 10% off)– though called serum, it is actually an oil blend
– uses organic oils
– scented with essential oils
– glass bottle  

Eye creams for best skin care for dry skin

Holding Crunchi Eye Cream

If you are looking for an eye cream, take advantage of my dedicated post Is Lancôme Eye Cream the Best?.

As for an eye cream for a skin care routine for dry skin, ideally, I would go for one with hyaluronic acid and without essential oils.

Eye creamDescription
Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Eye Gel (IREAD12 for 12% off)– organic glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, glucosyl ceramide, shea butter, organic aloe leaf juice
– lots of organic botanical extracts
– no essential oils
– no scent (works for people sensitive to smells)
– plastic tube with a metal massaging roller applicator
Crunchi Powerlight™ Eye Cream   ($10 off on the first order of $50+)– organic glycerin, organic shea butter, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, tripeptide-38
– organic oils and camellia extract
– no essential oils
– glass jar
NYR Frankincense Intense™ Age Defying Eye Cream (for skin under 50)– glycerin, organic shea butter, organic cocoa seed butter, organic argan oil, caffeine, organic aloe leaf juice powder, sodium hyaluronate, peptides
– lots of beneficial organic oils
– scented with essential oils
– glass jar
NYR Frankincense Intense™ Lift Eye Cream (for skin 50+)– glycerin, organic shea butter, organic cocoa seed butter, stearic acid, caffeine, organic argan oil, organic aloe leaf juice powder, hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, peptides
– lots of beneficial organic oils
– scented with essential oils
– glass jar

Summary of the Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin Post

In this expert best skin care for dry skin review, you have learned about basic steps for daily care for dry skin.  Namely, the steps include cleansing, exfoliating (not daily), toning, and moisturizing.

Additionally, you have been introduced to the products I consider safe and effective for dry skin based on their ingredients and function.  Specifically, Annmarie, Beauty by Earth (IREAD12 for 12% off), Blissoma, Crunchi ($10 off on the first order of $50+), Earthley Wellness, Henne (READLABELS for 15% off), Kosmatology, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Primally Pure (READLABELS10 for 10% off), and Pure Haven carry products that, in my opinion, can help dry skin.  Many of them contain hyaluronic acid, an ingredient I consider the most effective for dry skin.

Plus, you have found out what other ingredients work best for dry skin according to dermatologists.  Reportedly, emollients (e.g., cocoa butter, shea butter), humectants (e.g., hyaluronic acid, lactic acid), and occlusives (e.g., oils, waxes) seem to be effective for dry skin. 

You have also learned why there is no need to worry about hyaluronic acid and lactic acid as ingredients.  Specifically, they are not acidic, and their pH values make them a good match for the skin.

To learn about my anti-wrinkle skincare regimen, visit my Non-Toxic Anti-Aging Beauty Routine Guide.

For help with choosing an eye cream, read my dedicated eye cream post Is Lancôme Eye Cream the Best?.

To see why my favorite skincare and makeup brand is Crunchi, head over to my Non-Toxic Makeup Review.

FAQ

How to do skin care routine for dry skin?

The most important thing, I would say, is to read the ingredients, not just a product’s description on its label.  Indeed, it is the ingredients that make a difference.  So, to make sure you are using the best skin care for dry skin, choose products with those ingredients that work for dry skin.  

What is daily skin care routine for dry skin?

In my opinion, the best skin care for dry skin for every day should consist of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.  The key is to be consistent: use the 3-step process daily and do not skip a day.

How to use skin care routine for dry skin?

First, cleanse with a mild cleanser that does not disrupt the outer skin layer, such as Blissoma Mild Rice Cleanser, Crunchi Gentle Facial Soap Bar ($10 off on the first order of $50+) or Primally Pure Cleansing Oil (READLABELS10 for 10% off).

Second, tone with a hydrating and non-drying toner, such as Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Toner & Facial Mist (IREAD12 for 12% off), Blissoma Serene Sacred Waters Tonique or Crunchi Clarilight Facial Essence ($10 off on the first order of $50+).

Third, apply a hydrating serum, such as Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Serum (IREAD12 for 12% off), Crunchi Goldenlight Multi-Peptide Serum ($10 off on the first order of $50+) or Pure Haven Hyaluronic Acid.

Last, lock in hydration with a nourishing moisturizer, such as Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Night Cream (IREAD12 for 12% off), Crunchi Daylight Cream or Crunchi Littles Super Serum ($10 off on the first order of $50+).

For more product options, please see the post about the best skin care for dry skin above.

What is the best skin care routine for dry skin?

Generally speaking, the best skin care for dry skin is the one that works for you.  Everyone is different and what works for one person might not work for another. 

In my case, I have created a certain regimen that has proven effective for me. 

First, I wash my face with Crunchi Gentle Facial Soap Bar that is not drying to me at all ($10 off on the first order of $50+).  Its moisturizing ingredients, such as oatmeal and organic jojoba oil, argan oil, and shea butter, make my skin feel clean and hydrated.

Second, once or twice a week, I exfoliate my skin with Crunchi I AM Polished™ Facial Exfoliator.  It uses glycolic, lactic, and fruit acids as well as volcanic ash powder for gentle exfoliation.

Third, I tone my skin with Crunchi Clarilight Facial Essence that also helps me remove the residue of makeup left after cleansing.  The essence contains sodium hyaluronate, which makes it gentle and hydrating.

Then, I apply Crunchi Goldenlight Multi-Peptide Serum, which is very absorbing and helps my moisturizer to work more effectively.  It has hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid and no essential oils. 

Next, I seal in hydration with Crunchi Daylight Cream or NYR Frankincense Intense™ Age Defying Cream.  Both contain sodium hyaluronate.

Finally, I use Crunchi Powerlight™ Eye Cream with hyaluronic acid and tripeptide-38 ($10 off on the first order of $50+).

These steps and products constitute the best skin care for dry skin for me.

How to use daily skin care routine for dry skin?

Cleanse your face, exfoliate (but not more than twice a week), tone, and moisturize.  Importantly, when you apply your serum, facial oil, or moisturizer, be sure to apply them on damp skin.

What can help with very dry skin?

According to dermatologists, emollients (butters, oils), humectants (some acids), and occlusives (oils, waxes) can help with very dry skin. 

An example of a humectant is hyaluronic acid.  I believe it is one of the best ingredients for dry skin.  It attracts water into the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) and can hold up to 1,000x its molecular weight in water. 

Therefore, for the best skin care for dry skin I would specifically recommend products with hyaluronic acid.  Some examples are NYR Sensitive Comfort + Hydrate Micellar Cleanser, Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Toner & Facial Mist (IREAD12 for 12% off), Crunchi Clarilight Facial Essence ($10 off on the first order of $50+), Annmarie Citrus Stem Cell Serum, Pure Haven Hyaluronic Acid, Crunchi Daylight Cream ($10 off on the first order of $50+), and NYR Frankincense Intense™ Lift Cream (for skin care routine for dry skin 50+). 

For more options for products containing hyaluronic acid, please see the tables in the post above.

Is there any skin care routine for dry skin and pimples?

Yes!  The key is to use hydrating non-greasy non-comedogenic products.  Choose serums and moisturizers with hyaluronic acid instead of facial oils.  For safe acne relief products, check out my acne skincare listing.

What is the best weekly skin care routine for dry skin?

Crunchi facial exfoliator

In addition to your daily steps of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, use an exfoliator once a week.  

It is important that in your best skin care for dry skin you use an exfoliator with gentle ingredients that will not scratch your skin.  In my opinion, the gentlest exfoliator in the market today is Crunchi I AM Polished™ Facial Exfoliator ($10 off on the first order of $50+). 

Indeed, it uses glycolic, lactic, and fruit acids that gently dissolve the bond between the dead cells and the skin.  It also uses pumice powder (aka volcanic ash) for gentle exfoliation.  After I use it, I feel like I have visited an expensive spa.

What’s an affordable skin care routine for dry skin in 40+?

For 40+, I highly recommend using hydrating skincare with collagen-stimulating peptides, such as NYR Frankincense Intense™ Age Defying Cream, NYR Frankincense Intense™ Age Defying Eye Cream, Crunchi Powerlight™ Eye Cream, and Crunchi Goldenlight Multi-Peptide Serum ($10 off on the first order of $50+).

Normally, toxin-free skincare products with peptides are more expensive because peptides themselves are expensive.  While I completely understand your desire to save money, I believe having beautiful and healthy skin is worth the investment.

To help with the cost, Crunchi has an Insider rewards program where you get 10% back on every purchase.  In addition, you can take an advantage of the Crunchi referral program, where you can give $10 off (on purchases of $50+) to your friends and get $10 off your next purchase.  If you have many friends, you can get lots of free products!

What is the best skin care routine for partially oily and partially dry skin?

Just as with the best skin care for dry skin, partially oily and partially dry skin routine should include hyaluronic acid.  It is the key ingredient because it works great for both oily and dry skin.  Know that it is possible to have oily skin that lacks hydration.

What is the best skin care regimen for dry, sensitive skin?

For skin care routine for dry skin and sensitive skin, I would go for products without essential oils.  While essential oils have beneficial and healing properties, some people can be sensitive to them.  Please see the tables above where I indicated which products have essential oils, and which ones do not.

What is the best winter skin care routine for dry and itchy skin?

It is important to understand that itchy skin can be a sign of irritation and allergic reaction to the product you are using.  So be sure to use non-toxic skincare products for dry skin.  

Ideally, the best skin care for dry skin in winter should stay the same as throughout the year: cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.  You can add exfoliation to your skin care routine for dry skin on a weekly basis.

What should be the complete skin care routine for dry skin above the age of 35+? What products should I use?

For any age, including 35+, I recommend using hydrating skincare with collagen-stimulating peptides.  Some examples are NYR Frankincense Intense™ Age Defying Cream, NYR Frankincense Intense™ Age Defying Eye Cream, Crunchi Powerlight™ Eye Cream, and Crunchi Goldenlight Multi-Peptide Serum ($10 off on the first order of $50+).

The good news is that Crunchi has created an Insider rewards program to help you with the cost.  Specifically, you get 10% back on every purchase.  Plus, you can benefit from Crunchi’s referral program by giving $10 off (on purchases of $50+) to your friends and getting $10 off your next purchase.  The more friends you refer to Crunchi, the more chances you have to get free products!

Personally, I use Crunchi skin care products, and they have proven to be the best skin care for dry skin for me.

What is the best skin care routine for dry dull texture skin that has fine lines and clogged pores?

While in a skin care routine for dry skin it is okay to use facial oils, it is different for dry skin with clogged pores.  Thus, I would suggest staying away from facial oils and using an exfoliator once a week.

My favorite exfoliator is Crunchi I AM Polished™ Facial Exfoliator ($10 off on the first order of $50+).  It uses gentle ingredients, such as glycolic, lactic, and fruit acids, that do not scratch your skin.  They work by gently dissolving the bond between the dead cells and the skin.  Another gentle exfoliating ingredient is pumice powder (aka volcanic ash).  My skin always feels and looks amazing after I use this exfoliator according to the instructions.   

What are some of the best cheap skin care products? I tend to have dry skin.

In my opinion, Beauty by Earth carries the best affordable skin care products for all skin types.  Plus, you can use my discount code IREAD12 for an additional 12% off!

For skin care routine for dry skin, consider the following options: Beauty by Earth Facial Scrub, Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Toner & Facial Mist, Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Night Cream, and Beauty by Earth Hyaluronic Acid Eye Gel.

17 thoughts on “The Best Tips for Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin”

  1. Thanks, Irina, this is helpful. I wonder what you suggest for the rest of your body. I have great products for my face (some are on your list) but the rest of my body gets very dry in the mountains and/or winter and it seems hard to find clean and affordable products to use in larger quantities. Maybe you’ve addressed this in another blog?

    Thanks, Karen

    1. Not yet. Thank you for letting me know what your interests are, Karen. I’ll take that into consideration when I plan my blog content. ~Irina

      1. I am also interested in total body support for both dry and crepey skin. I have switched over to Crunchi based on your reviews and am interested in some total body lotions and scrubs. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Katherine, last time, I checked they did not disclose ingredients on the website. Do they disclose them now? ~Irina

  2. Hey Irina,

    I tried to use your discount code on Primally Pure’s website and it didn’t work. I’m not sure if it expired. But if it didn’t, I just want to let you know!

    Thanks, Leah

  3. Hi Irina.

    I am also interested in learning the product routine for body skin. I realize until reading the article that it was just for facial skin. Thank you for your review of facial skin products for dry skin. I did learn the reasons for using different products and the results of using certain ingredients.

  4. Janelle Huffman

    I have a 11 year old son who deals with severe eczema. We have determined that he is allergic to a few things like DL alpha tocopherol, propylene glycol and hydroperoxides of linalool. If I ask for a consultation, can you guide me in finding appropriate lotions, soaps, shampoos, etc…

    1. Hi, Janelle: Sorry to hear about your son, Janelle. I can help you but my first availability not until June. ~Irina

  5. Hi, I really appreciate your research on skincare products for dry skin. Organic skincare products are the best for nourishing the skin in the long run. Thanks for sharing your skincare routine, Irina!

  6. Hi Irina! Great post, thank you! I haven’t noticed any Mineral Fusion products in your posts. They show up pretty well on the EWG’s Skin Deep site. They have a non foaming creme cleanser. I wonder what you think about that product line? Thanks for all you do!

  7. Hi Irina,

    I loved your post and found it full of valuable information. I bought many of the Crunchi products per your recommendations and really like them! I will buy look into the moisturizer, cleansers, and toners as well.

    I also use Purity Woods – Age Defying Dream Cream, Age Defying Eye Cream, Serum & Cleanser. They are USDA Certified Organic and Non GMO. I don’t see this company on your list and thought to mention it to you if you don’t already know about them.

    Also, Hylunia Cleansing cream, Beyond C, Night serum, Daycream. Should I be sending in for a product review by email?

    All the best!

    Gloria

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