Throughout the winter, the skin is exposed to harsh conditions, like cold air, strong winds and drying indoor heat. It's important to take care of your skin so it doesn't become overly dry, flakey, red or irritated.
The best organic skincare routine for dry skin is one that incorporates natural ingredients that will provide gentle, nourishing hydration without irritating the skin.
How do you know if you have dry skin?
Dry skin is characterized by an inability to retain moisture, which leads to redness and flaking.
You may have dry skin if you notice the following symptoms:
- The skin on your face and body feels very tight after coming in contact with water (like showering or swimming)
- Your skin has a rough texture
- The skin around your lips or on your face is flaking
- Fine lines or cracks are developing, particularly around your eye and lip contours
- You experience dryness that’s painful, itchy or scaly
These skin conditions may be present all year long, but become exacerbated during the colder months of fall and winter.
Products to avoid if you have dry skin
If you have dry skin, you should avoid using products with alcohol or added fragrances since these ingredients can further dry out your skin.
It’s a myth that you should avoid exfoliating dry skin – as long as the exfoliant you use is gentle and doesn’t sting, you can, and should, continue using it. Exfoliants are a great way to slough off the flakey dry skin that accumulates on the surface of your face. This will allow hydrating ingredients from your serum, oil, masque and moisturizer to penetrate deeply.
It’s very important to never apply skincare products on broken skin.
Tips for alleviating dry skin
1. Use moisture-rich products
It is important to use moisture-rich products such as a daytime moisturizer, and a moisturizing treatment at night to repair your skin while you sleep. Weekly moisturizing face masques will keep your skin soft and supple and will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Only bathe in warm water
Extreme temperatures make your dry skin worse by stripping the skin of essential oils. Keep your baths and showers on the warm rather than scalding side. And limit your time in the shower or bath to no more than 10 minutes.
3. Add moisture to the air
During winter months, there is less moisture in the air, which causes the moisture in your skin to evaporate more quickly. Try using a humidifier and setting it to around 60%, which is sufficient to replenish lost moisture in your skin’s top layer.
4. Add omegas to your diet
You can enhance the skin’s ability to retain moisture by adding healthy omega fats to your diet. Both omega-3 and omega 6 reduce inflammation and support the skin’s natural moisture barriers.
The best skincare routine for dry skin
The best skincare routine for dry skin is to include products that are nourishing and leave the skin feeling fresh. Skincare products like the ones from Eminence Organics are highly beneficial for dry skin types because they contain only all natural ingredients and are free of parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, harmful colorants and fragrances, petroleum and other harsh cosmetic chemicals.
The best skincare routine for dry skin is about using the right products and sticking to a routine that works for your skin type.
If you are currently using a foaming cleanser to wash your face, it may be stripping your skin of its natural oils – making dry skin even drier. Instead, try a rich cleansing balm in the morning and at night, every day.
Try: Eminence Organics Wildflower Cleansing Balm
This transformative gel balm transitions to an oil cleanser when massaged into skin and a purifying milk when emulsified with water. Ideal for all skin types, the natural botanical oils attract excess oil and debris, melting away impurities and makeup, including eye makeup. This gel balm rinses clean, leaving skin soft and supple with no residue.
A weekly exfoliating session is best for dry skin to help take care of any flakiness. Use a gentle product, like the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant, which is both a physical and chemical exfoliant, to thoroughly slough off dead skin.
Try: Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant
Achieve a bright and radiant looking complexion with our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant. Rice powder absorbs oil while lactic and salicylic acids remove dead skin cells. The strawberries and rhubarb infuse the skin with antioxidants.
A toner is a must, every morning and evening, to balance the skin’s moisture and pH levels after cleansing and to remove any lingering impurities.
Try: Eminence Organics Stone Crop Hydrating Mist
A revitalizing and healing toner for all skin types, particularly uneven skin types. To use, apply one to two sprays onto the face and neck or apply with a cotton pad, avoiding the eye area. Leave on. Re-apply anytime during the day for a lift and to refresh the complexion.
This is the skincare step that can really help alleviate the symptoms of dry skin – so don’t skip it!
Two to three times a week, apply a hydrating masque packed with hyaluronic acid to plump the skin.
Try: Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Masque
Replenish your skin’s youthful appearance with our Strawberry Rhubarb Masque. The strawberries gently exfoliate while the rhubarb and vegan-friendly hyaluronic acid calm and plump, for a refreshed appearance.
Daily – morning and night – add a facial oil to your routine that addresses skin inflammation and is packed with healing fatty acids to soothe and renew the skin.
Try: Eminence Organics Facial Recovery Oil
Toning and hydrating oil created with precious herbs and nourishing oils to soothe and renew sensitive and aging skin. This is a luxurious facial oil suitable for all skin types.
Every morning and night – and any time your skin gets wet – it’s important to slather on a layer of rich cream to replenish moisture and repair the skin’s important lipid barrier.
Try: Eminence Organics Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer
With each application of our Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer, you’ll feel your skin instantly tighten and lift. Coconut, shea butter and grape seed oil combine with green apple stem cell technology that offers lasting age correction.
And as always, apply your broad spectrum SPF each morning and throughout the day – even in the winter months!
Complimentary Skincare Consultations
If you have questions about your dry skin, or aren’t sure if you have dry skin, a complimentary consultation with The Facial Room owner, founder and internationally certified esthetician, Patricia Asmar, can set you up for success!