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The Best Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

Are you suffering from dull, flaky skin with fine lines and wrinkles? Then you may have dry skin. Often confused with dehydrated skin, dry skin can feel tight, itchy, and uncomfortable. But that doesn’t mean you have to grin and bear it. With a little bit of knowledge and the right skincare products, you can quench and soothe dryness to get smooth, radiant, healthy skin.

What Is Dry Skin?

Dry skin, also known as xerosis or xeroderma, is skin that lacks oil. While breakouts during our teenage years may have taught us to view oil as the enemy, our skin’s natural sebum is a crucial part of the skin’s natural moisturizing factor, helping to lock in moisture and protect against environmental stressors and inflammation.

Signs You Have Dry Skin Include:

  1. Rough or itchy skin
  2. Redness and irritation
  3. A tight feeling
  4. Small, fine wrinkles
  5. Thin, fragile skin

What Causes Dry Skin?

Middle age is one of the most common causes of dry skin. Our skin's natural oil production drops dramatically by your 40s, which can prompt a change in skin type. If you previously had combination skin, you may notice you no longer get shiny in your T-zone, while your cheeks and undereye area feel tight and appear flaky with fine lines and wrinkles. External factors such as harsh skincare products, dry weather,  and medications can also cause dry skin, as can lifestyle habits such as smoking. Fortunately, the right skincare products can visibly improve the appearance of dry skin and help your skin feel soothed and comfortable, too.

Step 1: Cleanse with Antioxidant Cleansing Oil

Harsh cleansers can further strip dry skin, causing it to become irritated and dehydrated. Our Antioxidant Cleansing Oil gently dissolves all traces of dirt and makeup —- including waterproof mascara —- while delivering a burst of soothing moisture and rinsing completely clean and leaving skin cushiony-soft.

Antioxidant Cleansing Oil

Step 2: Balance with Hyaluronic Acid Facial Mist

Quench dry skin while preparing it to receive the rest of your skincare products with our Hyaluronic Acid Facial Mist. Our soothing formula contains two types of hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate while plumping fine lines. We recommend spritzing it onto still-damp skin after cleansing to maximize the efficacy of our innovative hyaluronic acid blend. You can also use it during the day to freshen your makeup or soothe your skin when it’s feeling particularly dry.

Hyaluronic Toning Mist

Step 3: Quench with Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum

Dry skin’s lack of moisture-locking oils can cause it to lose water and become dehydrated. With water-binding ingredients including ectoin and hyaluronic acid, our Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum is dry and dehydrated skin’s best friend. Hyaluronic acid pulls water from the environment into the skin while ectoin soothes and hydrates,  plumping skin and providing lasting hydration while paracress extract tightens and copper peptides boost elasticity. 

Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum

Step 4: Moisturize with Marine Algae Eye Cream and Omega Repair Cream

The delicate under-eye area often shows visible signs of dryness most dramatically because the skin there is the thinnest. Our multi-award-winning Marine Algae Eye Cream instantly lifts and firms while providing deep, all-day moisture to visibly reduce fine lines and crepiness. Use it before makeup to create the perfect, smooth canvas or mix it with your concealer to customize your coverage.

With your under eye area moisturized and lifted, it’s time to replenish your skin’s natural lipids with our Omega Repair Cream.  Our deeply hydrating, ultra-nourishing whipped facial cream uses beneficial lipids that mimic and support the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Sugarcane-derived squalane, omega fatty acids, ceramides, and plant sterols nourish, plump, hydrate, and repair your skin’s moisture barrier to keep skin supple, smooth, and deeply moisturized.

Omega Repair Cream

Step 5: Lock in Moisture Vitamin C Rose Oil or 100% Squalane Oil

If your dry skin also needs a radiance boost, turn to our cult-favorite Vitamin C Rose Oil for instant brightening as you lock in moisture. Our science-backed formula features an innovative form of oil-soluble Vitamin C that’s uniquely stable and incredibly gentle. Use it as the final step in your skincare to brighten and moisturize while sealing in active ingredients, or add a few drops to makeup for a fresh, dewy look.

If you’re using a retinol product —- such as our Retinol Night Serum — in the evenings, you’ll need to pass on Vitamin C during your PM routine. Our innovative and gentle 100% Squalane Oil mimics the moisture found in human skin to lock in moisture while replenishing the moisture barrier and driving active skincare ingredients 40x deeper into your skin. 

While both products are safe for sensitive skin, our 100% Squalane Oil has been honored with the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™, which recognizes product innovations that provide benefits, and improve the quality of life for people with eczema and sensitive skin.

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Christine Tusher
Christine Tusher Writer and expert
As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I love sharing my passion for ocean conservation and obsession with clean beauty. I’ve tried almost every trend and ingredient, and Biossance’s science-backed formulas are the only ones that consistently calm my reactive skin and make it smoother, clearer, and healthier. I’m so excited to be on this journey of skincare innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you!

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