Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin on Face

A woman using a cleanser for dry skin on the face

Dry skin is caused by a defect in the skin barrier that leads to dehydration.  The best skin care routine for dry skin  should focus on protecting and repairing the skin barrier.  The skin care products in the skin care regimen should solve the underlying problem that is causing dry skin; water evaporating from the skin’s surface.

This is known as transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and it can be measured with a device called a tewameter. Tewameters help us evaluate which products work best together. The information we learn from testing various skin care routines with a tewameter allows us to develop our dermatologist recommended skin care routines for dry skin.  The perfect skin routine will lower the amount of water that evaporates from the skin and increase the amount of water content in the skin. The amount of water in the skin can also be measured with devices such as a Corneometer.  I have learned from over a decade of skin care research that the cleansers and moisturizers dramatically affect skin hydration. Whether you have mildly dry skin, dry skin, very dry skin, or extremely dry skin- our advice is the same: protect and repair your skin barrier.

Before we talk about skin care routine steps for dry skin, lets take a moment to discuss what you might be doing wrong in your skin care routine to make your skin get super dry.

What Are the Biggest Mistakes that Dry Skin Types Make in Their Skin Care Routines?

  1. Many cleansers  strip lipids out of the skin’s surface.   Many people are using the wrong cleanser and causing their skin to be dry. You must use a barrier safe cleanser. Learn more how to find a cleanser for dry skin here.
  2. Many of my patients use heavy luxurious moisturizers that feel nice, but they do not actually repair the skin barrier. and can ultimately dry the skin.  There are certain criteria a moisturizer must meet to repair the barrier. In fact, having an incorrect amount of lipids in a moisturizer actually injures the skin barrier.  Learn more about barrier repair moisturizers here.

Moisturizers for Dry skin

Most dry skin moisturizers treat the symptoms of dry skin rather than treating the cause of dry skin. Look for barrier repair moisturizers that treat the underlying issue rather than the symptoms.

How To Treat Dry Skin on the Face?

If you have extremely dry skin on the face, you do not need to cleanse your dry skin in the morning.  You can wake up and apply a barrier repair moisturizer to your face right away-  if you washed your face the night before. You must always wash your face at night to remove sunscreen, sebum, dirt and pollution.  Always use a dry skin cleanser that was developed specifically for dry skin.  Cleanser play a very important role in skin moisturization. 

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If you have dry skin, everything that you put on your skin affects your skin’s health.  When your skin barrier is impaired, everything gets in easier including bacteria, skin care products, allergens and irritants.  It is critical identity your Baumann Skin type and use the proper barrier safe skin care routine for your dry skin.

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