SKIN CARE 101: DRY SKIN

DENIZ AKKAYA

Although we haven’t had a very harsh winter, the effect of cold weather on our skin is inevitable. If your skin is desert-dry all year round or just dry during winter, read on for the ideal routine to keep your skin hydrated and balanced!

If you haven’t read it yet, you should definitely check out our Magic Wand: Skincare Routine text to discover what ingredients to include in your routine and in what order you should use them!

Best Cleansers For Dry Skin

The first step of our skin care routine is to clean our skin. But if you have dry skin, you also know how difficult it is to find a cleanser that will not tighten your face after washing and leave you feeling excessively dry. When choosing your ideal cleanser, choose squalene-based and concentrated cleansers; It will affect the intense moisture loss of your skin after cleansing.

Squalene cleansers: a soap-free, moisturizing cleanser that effectively and gently cleanses make-up and other impurities on the skin without drying the skin. It has a pH of 5.5-6.6; It is oil-free and glycerine-based. It has a balsam-like consistency and turns into a clear oil-like consistency once you get it in your hand.

Our Picks

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser: Fragrance-free cleanser formulated with three types of ceramides that work together to protect the skin’s barrier and lock moisture into your skin; It also contains hyaluronic acid, which can help the skin reserve water. This extra hydration can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.

The Ordinary- Squalane Cleanser: this product removes all dirt and makeup without leaving a greasy feeling on your skin; it is rich in squalene, an anti-inflammatory, a mild oil that balances oil production and is anti-inflammatory.

La Roche-Posay- Effaclar H Krem Cleanser: often recommended by dermatologists, this cream cleanser of the brand is a product that you will be quite satisfied with if you suffer from flaking or dryness on your skin. It is fragrance-free, does irritate your skin, and is formulated with skin-soothing ingredients such as niacinamide and linoleic acid that will be good for skin blemishes and texture.

Best Exfoliators For Dry Skin

People with dry skin should avoid harsh exfoliators. Harsh exfoliators risk irritating the skin and damaging the protective skin barrier. Therefore, the use of milder exfoliators such as lactic acid is safer for dry and sensitive skin. Also using a chemical exfoliator instead of a physical one is a much better choice for all skin types, especially dry ones.

Lactic acid: it is a good option as it is a very mild AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) exfoliator. It has a liquid consistency and purifies the skin from dead skin. Apply once a day, ideally in the pm. It can be diluted with serums like other Hyaluronic acid to reduce potency until the skin develops tolerance.

!Please remember to always use sunscreen when using AHA formulated products!

Our Picks

The Ordinary-Lactic Acid: Contains Tasmanian pepper, which is known to reduce the inflammation and sensitivity symptoms commonly associated with exfoliation. In addition to 10% lactic acid, it is formulated with moisture bomb hyaluronic acid to give the skin a hydrated, plump look.

Mizon- Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel: The gel exfoliator, which helps to purify and cleanse the skin from dead skin without irritating with its light texture, is quite rich in content and clean. Suitable for use 2 times a week.

Best Serums for Dry Skin

If we were to choose a single serum for dry skin, it would definitely be Hyaluronic Acid + B5. Hyaluronic acid is known to pull water either from the atmosphere or from deep within the skin, up to 1,000 times its weight. In other words, this serum that you apply to your face pulls moisture from the air and around your face like a magnet, allowing your skin to be saturated with moisture.

Our Picks

La Roche-Posay- Hyalu B5 Serum: It contains two types of hyaluronic acid, high in concentration and micro-molecular. Vitamin B5 is known for its soothing and restorative effect on the skin. It is formulated with Madecassoside. This ingredient reduces wrinkles by tightening the skin; it enhances both the restorative effect of vitamin B5 and the plumping effect of hyaluronic acid.

The Ordinary- Hyaluronic Acid %2+B5: The Ordinary’s hyaluronic acid contains three forms of hyaluronic acid with different molecular weights to provide hydration that will penetrate deeply into the skin layers. It also combines a new generation of HA cross polymer at a combined concentration of 2% for very intense hydration. This system is supported by the addition of vitamin b5, which also increases surface hydration.

!You should definitely apply your hyaluronic acid to a moist face. In this way, it will provide intense hydration by attracting not only the moisture in the air, but also the moisture from your face to your skin!

The Best Moisturizers For Dry Skin

Every time you wash your face, you clean your skin not only from dirt and makeup, but also from its natural oils. Since these oils help locking the moisture, it is important to give back the oils you stripped from the skin.

Our Picks

CeraVe Moustrizing Cream: developed by dermatologists, this intense moisturizing cream contains three basic ceramides and hyaluronic acid to moisturize your skin and maintain your skin’s moisture barrier. According to your skin’s moisture needs, you can also check out the lotion version of the same product.

The Ordinary- Natural Mouisturizing Factors + HA: It is a great basic daily moisturizer option for dry skin. Its main components include fatty acids, ceramides, glycerin and hyaluronic acid along with 11 amino acids. These are all beneficial ingredients to keep skin hydrated and healthy.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream: Formulated with glacial glycoprotein and olive-derived squalane, this lightweight facial moisturizer is specially formulated to help your skin resist cold and dry conditions. It was even tested by those who participated in the “Greenland First Climb” expedition in May 2005!

The Best Sunscreens for Dry Skin

If you have sensitive skin, mineral sunscreens would be a better option than those with chemical filters (oxybenzone, avobenzone, octizalate, and homosalate are popular examples in chemical formulations). These chemical filters, especially oxybenzone, do great damage to your skin as well as to our planet. The damage oxybenzone caused to coral reefs even led the state of Hawaii to ban the sale of all sunscreens with this ingredient! Instead, you should choose sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which protect by creating a physical shield between the skin and the sun’s harmful rays.

Our Picks

Klair’s- Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA ++++: by far the best sunscreen on the market. Formulated with physical (mineral) filters, this sunscreen calms the skin with its light and moisturizing structure and suitable even for the most sensitive skin. SPF 50 + PA+++ + developed with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect skin against UVA/UVB rays thanks to strong sun protection.It is ideal for skins that want to protect the skin from UV rays while at the same time soothing irritated, warmed up skin, providing tone evenness and using it as a make-up base.

Cosrx – Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 Pa+++: the main ingredient of the product, Aloe arborescens leaf extract, soothes and moisturizes the skin. The texture of the cream is similar to a mild moisturizer, unlike other sunscreens that dry and peel the skin. This moisturizing sunscreen is quickly absorbed by the skin without leaving an oily feeling or a white cast.


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