How to Choose the Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin

Skincare products should be selected by your individual needs. Factors such as your skin type, skin conditions, and age should all be taken into consideration. If your skin is dry year-round or you struggle with dry skin during different seasons these tips will help you select the right moisturizer.

Determining Your Skin Type

If you aren’t sure what your skin type is, these quick tips will help:

  • If you have light oil on all areas of your face, you likely have normal skin.
  • If you have excessive oil everywhere, you likely have oily skin.
  • If you only have oil on your forehead, nose, and chin you likely have combination skin.
  • If you have little to no oil, you likely have dry skin.


Dehydrated Skin Vs. Dry Skin

If your skin is dull, red, inflamed, and you have darker than usual circles under your eyes your skin may be dehydrated instead of dry. Or both dehydrated and dry.

Dry skin is typically visibly dry, flaky, itchy, and uncomfortable. If not addressed rapidly, your skin can crack. Remember, we aren’t just referring to the skin on your face. If you have a dry skin type, you will struggle with dry skin from head to toe.  

If you aren’t sure if your skin is dry or dehydrated, try the pinch test. Gently pinch your cheek for a second or two. If it wrinkles with gentle pressure or doesn’t immediately snap back into place, your skin is dehydrated. If your skin is also itchy, flaky, and uncomfortable it may also be dry.

Dry Skin Any Time Of The Year

Whether your skin is dry year-round or only during the fall and winter, these tips will help. During the summer you can switch to lighter weight creams if you prefer.

  • Select skincare products with naturally derived ingredients. Products formulated primarily with synthetic ingredients will further dry and irritate your skin.
  • Avoid products that burn, tingle, or irritate your skin in any way. Unless you have a condition such as eczema or rosacea your skincare products should never hurt.
  • Use an overnight moisturizing mask 1 to 3 days a week, more often when your skin is ultra-dry.
  • Use an alcohol-free toner between your face wash and serum. This will restore your pH balance, which may be contributing to your dry skin.
  • Always use a thicker moisturizer when your skin is dry. Thicker formulas provide a better protective barrier for your skin.
  • Consider layering a barrier cream on after your serum and moisturizer for an additional protective layer.
  • Select a moisturizing cream with hyaluronic acid, which moisturizes and creates a thicker barrier.
  • As you mature or your skin begins to show the visible signs of aging, transition to a thick hyaluronic acid cream that is also designed for dry skin.

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