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Creating A Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

May 20, 2016
Following on from some of my previous skin care posts and my quest to create a skincare routine that will care for my dry skin I bring you this post. I feel like my skin is dry but somewhat dehydrated, it gets uncomfortable, tight and irritated but I do still suffer from the occasional blemish. When it comes to dry skin it's all about getting in as much hydration as you can, looking for products that are designed for dry skin or that use words like hydrating, nourishing etc. Here's how I created a skincare routine that keeps my skin feeling smooth and hydrated all day long.
Treatments: If your skin is dry like mine chances are no matter how much moisturiser you put on nothing is really going to properly help soothe your skin which is where the treatments come in. I love moisturising masks, a lot of them you can use over night or for a long period of time so I feel like they really penetrate and sink into the skin. My favourite has to be the Avene Soothing Moisture Mask. You put this on your skin and wait for it to sink in then using a cotton pad soaked in thermal water you take any of the excess off. It leaves my skin feeling baby soft, I usually use this overnight so in the morning my skincare products go on so much easier as well as my makeup.
Serum: I never realised the importance of serums until trying the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum and it is now a permanent step in my routine, morning and night. This is quite thin in consistency, a pump of this will cover my whole face and it just gives you that kick of moisture that dry skin so desperately needs. It feels really good and doesn't leave the skin with residue on it or feeling greasy in any way. Serums can be a little pricey but are definitely worth the investment if you can find the right one and the vichy serum is perfect for dry and dehydrated skin.
Moisturiser: For a day moisturiser I not only want something that's going to make my skin feel great but something that goes well under makeup which are two things that do not always go hand in hand. I find that some thick moisturisers don't sink in properly and leave my makeup looking patchy and uneven. This is where the Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturiser comes in, it's a light moisturiser but really packs a punch with moisture, it makes my skin feel so good and comfortable yet my foundation glides over the top of this. I want to pick up the cream version of this for my night time skincare routine as I really don't have a bad word to say about this.
Eye Cream: Again for the day I don't want a thick eye cream, much like my moisturiser I want something that hydrates my skin but works well under makeup. I was already a fan of the hydraphase range from La Roche-Posay so was sure I was going to like the Hydraphase Intense Yeux but I didn't know how much. This is the perfect eye cream for the mornings, it relieves tired eyes and helps to reduce puffiness and really hydrates your eyes getting rid of dehydrated fine lines. Its an almost gel like consistency which I like as it sinks into the skin so quickly and as someone who has to pack on the concealer to cover up my dark circles I really need a smooth and hydrated surface to put it on,
Hydrating Sprays: If you suffer from dry skin and don't have a hydrating spray of some sort, you are doing it wrong. After I finish doing my makeup I give my skin a quick spritz of a hydrating spray to keep it looking fresh and glowy. I also keep this in my bag during the day so if there's a point where my skin starts to feel tight and uncomfortable I can give it a quick spray of the Institut Esthederm Cellular Water Spray to bring it back to life. This is such an important step for people with dry skin as just putting on your moisturiser and serums on in the morning won't keep your skin hydrated all day, you need to give it a little bit of help.
Do you suffer from dry skin? What are your favourite products to combat this?
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