Happy Friday! I’ve written before about having dry skin, but never my daily routine. Many people that Beauty and the Brows actually have dry skin, so I figured I’d share what I use to keep away dry patches, itchiness and those unsightly flakes — I’ve had to deal with dry skin both in winter and summer.
- I cleanse with something gentle such as Olay’s face wash since it doesn’t contain salycylic acid (which can be a bit drying); I was using Cetaphil and Pears previously, but for some reason I think it’s important to switch things up. Cetaphil’s bar soap is amazing at cleansing and removing your makeup all at once, so definitely give it a try!
- I use toner at night to get rid of any excess makeup that may be left on after washing my face, and even if I haven’t worn any makeup – Simple’s toner does a great job overall.
- St.Ives Apricot Scrub is something I’ve been using for years, even before I knew the importance of exfoliating and removing dead skin – this has to be done in order for your skin to properly absorb products. I exfoliate every other night or at least 3 times a week. I’ve also been told that failure to remove the dead skin can contribute to acne for those of us with dry skin (this was what caused my acne).
- Elta MD’s Moisturizing Sunscreen works well at protecting my face from sun damage, and so does Murad’s Oil-Control Mattifier – I keep this in my bag for application throughout the day. The trick to using moisturizers that contain SPF such as Elta MD and Cetaphil is not using too much, and giving your skin time to really absorb it – this should keep you from having the ‘white cast’ they tend to give more often than we’d like.
- As much as I love lotions from Bath and Body Works, sometimes I need something that focuses more on the needs of dry skin as opposed to fragrance — for this I use Aveeno’s Eczema Care Moisturising Cream. I’ll apply one layer and let that sit for a bit, and then go ahead and apply a second layer.
- At night I use Bobbi Brown’s Extra Eye Repair Cream or Clarins Younger, Longer Balm under my eyes just to keep them hydrated and reduce darkness.
- Lastly, while wearing makeup in the heat (this also works well in winter too) I’ll spritz my face with a little Fix Plus by MAC; it contains soothing ingredients and it doesn’t smudge your makeup.
I didn’t mention how I remove my makeup, only because I haven’t been wearing much lately. However Pond’s Makeup Removing Wipes are the best I’ve ever used! Always a repurchase — they’re so moist, and they really remove everything. Remember to take a quick glance at How to Meltproof Your Makeup.
Thanks for reading!