Dry skin refers to a feeling of skin tightness, especially after cleansing your face and showering. A more severe condition is cracking, itching and scaling. In most cases it's caused by factors like cold weather, low moisture in the air, and soaking in hot water. Signs and symptoms of dry skin depend on your age, seasonal changes and your lifestyle. Dry skin can also be a natural condition for some people. It can develop even in someone with oily skin from time to time. Dry skin is usually not serious and you can improve your skin by building the right skincare routine.
A skincare routine is one of the best ways to treat dry skin condition. If practiced consistently, the skin begins to replenish and eventually becomes fresh and healthy. It is always important to use the products formulated for dry skin for the routine to be a success. The steps below are recommended not only helps to improve dry skin but to achieve a healthy glowing skin.
1. Oil-based cleanser ( night as first step cleanser )
Oils play a central role in helping skin maintain hydration. Great and effective oil-based cleansers are rich in nutrients with healing properties. The purpose of an oil-based cleanser is to remove oil-based impurities, including sebum, sunscreen and makeup. Many cleansing oil uses ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, grape seed and sweet almond oil. It is important to wash face with lukewarm or cold water. Cleaning your face with too warm water can dry out the skin and make your skin age faster.
Some of our recommended products to provide the best results for dry skin.
Its pure and rich Urang Oil cleanser is formulated with seed oils, safflower jojoba and sunflower helps to remove makeup and sunscreen leaving your skin squeaky clean and silky smooth. This all-natural cleansing oil made with only natural ingredients is safe and gentle for sensitive and dry skin.
The award-winning soft Heimish all Clean Balm gently and effectively remove all traces of make-up from the skin, including the delicate eye area. Its cleansing balm utilises top-quality, pure ingredients including deeply hydrating shea butter, moisturising coconut extract, vitamin and mineral-enriched donkey milk and revitalizing, aromatic citrus herb oil. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.
2. Cleansing Foam or water-based cleanser ( second step cleanser )
Cleansing foam refers to a deep face cleaning wash that forms a sudsy-foamy lather on your skin, or non-foaming and is used to remove water-based impurities, including sweat and dirt from the skin and keeping it fresh. It is important to choose the right cleansing foam for your skin type. This step follows after all the makeup and sunscreen has been removed using an oil-based cleanser.
Toners are available in different types and have assumed vital roles when it comes to skincare routines. It prepares the skin for serum and moisturizers while getting rid of stubborn dirt, excess oil and leftover makeup. Besides, toners have advanced to the point that they help address skin concerns such as dryness, ageing and acne. But the purpose of using a toner is to deliver a fast hit of hydration and helps to remove dead skin cells and refine pores resulting a plump and glowy skin.
When choosing a toner, make sure that it’s formulated for the dry skin because they are formulated for different skin types. But a few of them are good enough for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone skin. It should only be used after cleaning the face and before using a moisturizer or serum. A toner is used twice daily. It is recommended to use toner without any harsh ingredients such as alcohol. Toners containing alcohol is drying for the skin.
We recommend to use toner into hands and tap it directly onto the skin. However, you may also dispense toner onto a cotton pad and gently swipe it around your face.
If you want to try a multi-application toner technique, try the "7 Skin Method". The "7 Skin Method" is a Korean beauty trend that promises to treat dry, dehydrated skin for a plump and glowing skin. The hydrating toners like Pyungkang Yul Essence Toner and Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner are suitable for The "7 Skin Method".
A serum is the engine of the skincare routine for dry skin. It offers a more powerful dose of ingredients compared to its counterparts. It is designed to hydrate nourish and protect the skin. A serum is used before moisturizing.
Serum are typically high concentrated with active ingredients and it is made up of smaller molecules known for its ability to absorb better and penetrate deeper layers into the skin. The thin viscosity property that serums exhibits produce optimum effectiveness. Your thirsty and dry skin will thank you for it!
The rejuvenating and nourishing Haruharu WONDER black rice serum provide a long lasting moisture and glowing skin while protecting your skin from free radical damage. The serum contains fermented Korean black rice extract that is once called “ forbidden rice” in ancient China which was only limited to royals and the rich packed with antioxidants.
Another hero product Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Water Essence is formulated with eight types of Hyaluronic Acid that delivers high level of moisture into dry, tired and dull skin.
The function of a moisturizer is very straight forward i.e. hydrate and soften the skin. This is a crucial step, especially when it comes to skincare routine for dry skin. Another important function of the moisturizer is that it helps prevent the outer layer of the skin from losing water. Besides, they can also complement the essential building blocks of the skin and the protective oils. This is a step dermatologist recommends using regardless of the skin type.
Cream and soft cream moisturizer is the best type to use for dry skin. Moisturizers are categorized based on different skin types. Hence it is important to get one that conforms with your skin needs. Balm moisturizers work best with a sensitive or inflamed skin. There are two types of moisturizers, i.e. Day cream and night cream. The day cream is usually applied in the morning, and it protects the skin against the environmental aggressors. Conversely, the night cream helps replenish the moisture levels while repairing the damages picked during the day. Our collection of moisturizers are suitable for day and night.
6. Facial Oil (night)Facial oils are right for you if you struggle with seasonal dryness or persistent dry, flaky, or dehydrated skin. Facial oils help in sealing the moisture and ingredients just applied inside hence preventing them from evaporating quickly. Most people would think the correct way to apply skincare products is to start from thinnest to thickest. Facial oil is actually heavier than all other products and it's used after moisturizer. The oils do not moisturize the skin, but it helps to lock in the moisture. Your skin will feel smoother, softer, and more resilient, it helps your skin to achieve natural-looking glow by just using 2-3 drops to your skin care routine.
Our top picks include Huxley Light and More Oil and Haruharu WONDER black rice facial oil
7. Exfoliate using gentle exfoliation.
The process of cell regeneration becomes slows as one ages. This means that the skin does not shed its skin and generate a new one as often as it is supposed. Hence the skin is left looking dry, rough and dull as the old skin cells continue to pile up. Besides, the pile of the dead skin can clog pores as a result of producing excess oils.
Exfoliating the skin once or twice a week using a gentle exfoliation removes the barrier hence uncovering fresh new cells. This creates the path for the moisturizing products to enter deep in the skin. Every skin type requires exfoliation to stay healthy and function. Regular exfoliation of the skin is a good thing because it leaves the skin looking fresh and healthy.
Non chemical Oseque Silky Bright Enzyme Powder Facial Wash is a hypoallergenic powder cleanser that gently removes dead skin cells and impurities while delivering moisture and nourishment.
Neogen Dermalogy Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine promises fast and effective results for a brighter and smoother skin.
The last step before retiring to bed is applying the sleeping mask. After the nighty skin regimen is complete, a sleeping mask is applied on top and worn overnight. Unlike the traditional masks, an overnight face mask does not mess up the pillows. This is because they are absorbed by the skin, just like a moisturizer. Huxley Good Night Sleep Mask is a lifesaver to keep your skin from getting dry and flaky especially during cold winter days. It is used after applying serums and essences. Applying moisturizer or facial oil is not required if you use sleeping mask. You can start using a sleeping mask once or twice a week. Leave on whole night and rinse off in the morning.
But let’s not forget about sheet masks. One of the basic function and the one they do best : hydration. Soaked with essences that envelope your face in moisture for 20 to 30 minutes, and they don’t require any rinsing afterward. Use few times a week depending after toning and before your regular skincare routine.
The dry skin condition is easy to treat following the above skincare routine. The most important thing is choosing the right products. Korean skincare products have proven to be effective for a healthy glowing skin.
Coos Cosmetics team.