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Skincare Guide for DRY SKIN

Skincare Guide for DRY SKIN

Original Author: Fira Syafiqah

What is Dry Skin?

We have already covered the topic of SKINCARE FOR OILY SKIN and now, we are moving on to skincare guide for dry skin. Any of you are having dry skin here? This entry is for you!

When talking about dry skin, it’s not that your skin is lacks of moisture. The dry term is referred to less sebum produced by your skin to naturally moisturize your skin surface. Usually, people tend to produce less sebum during winter and this will lead to dry and dehydrated skin. Hence, the reason why there are some times people need to change their skincare products to according to the climate and your skin needs.

Emollients and moisturizing creams are used to break the dry skin cycle and to maintain the smoothness of the skin and treat bumpy or rough skin texture. The term ‘moisturizer’ is often used synonymously with emollient, but moisturizers often contain humectants in order to hydrate the stratum corneum. Dryness is frequently linked to an impaired barrier function
observed, for example, in atopic skin, psoriasis, ichthyosis, and contact dermatitis.

If you are confused of the difference between dry and dehydrated skin, here’s a quick guide for you. Usually, those with dry skin is also dehydrated. but this does not apply in all cases.

References: Dose of Glamour

Things to avoid for Dry Skin

Things to avoidExplanation
Don’t use cleanser in the morningRemember, cleanser function is to remove excess sebum. After you wake up, usually the sebum is at the lowest production if compared to noon time. So, don’t cleanse to avoid further removal of sebum. 
Don’t overwash your skin.Cleanse your face twice daily only. Do double cleansing to keep your skin barrier healthy.
Don’t use too many exfoliating products in one routine.Avoid BHA exfoliant to be safe because BHA has the property of deep cleansing.
Don’t use astringent tonerToner with high denatured alcohol or witch hazel may dry out your skin as they tend to remove more sebum from your skin.
Don’t stay in shower for too long.Don’t let water causes more sebum to be removed.
Don’t wash you face with a very hot or cold water. This is to avoid your skin from reacting with different temperature of water.

Step-by-Step Skincare Routine Guide

1. Start double cleansing with cleansing balm

Cleansing balms are creamy, cleansers that remove dirt and impurities without leaving your dry and stripping its natural oils (aka sebum). Cleansing balms are so effective at breaking down makeup and dirt because of the natural oils in their formulas.

These natural oils provide a deep cleansing method to dissolve excess oil on the skin which can potentially clog pores, cause acne formation and breakout.

After the makeup is removed the skin feels replenished, hydrated and clean


  1. Banila Co. Clean It Zero Balm
  2. Heimish All Clean Balm

2. Follow with gentle cream cleanser

If you are currently using gel cleanser, we think it’s time for you to switch to cream-based or hydrating cleanser. 

You will find this cleanser will be a game-changer since it won’t further remove your excess sebum but providing a smoothening sensation that won’t leave your skin dry afterwards. Limit your cleansing to 30 seconds only instead of following the 60-second rule of cleansing.


  1. The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
  2. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

3. Use mild AHA or PHA exfoliant twice weekly

While BHA (Salicylic Acid) is a very good exfoliant for double cleansing and controlling sebum production, people with dry skin are recommended to avoid it to avoid further removal of sebum

Use Alpha Hydroxy acid with mild concentration such as mandelic acid or lactic acid twice or thrice a week and do not exceed this dosage. Avoid glycolic acid at concentration of 5% and above.

If you have dry and sensitive skin, please consider using PHA or poly hydroxy acid which is more gentle to the skin since it is bigger in size. Examples of PHA include  gluconolactone and lactobionic acid.


  1. The Inkey List Lactic Acid
  2. The Inkey List PHA Toner

4. Apply hydrating toner or spray face mist

While dry skin is usually accompanied with dehydration, it is important to include hydrating products into your routine to avoid flakiness and tightness which may eventually result in irritated skin. Hydrating products such as toner, essence, face mist and sheet mask are great tools to deliver instant hydration. 

When applying your hydrating toner or face mist, please avoid using cotton pad as it may irritate your skin. Use your fingers instead to pat the liquid lightly onto your skin for maximum absorption.


  1. Hada Labo Gokujyun Hydrating Lotion
  2. Jelita.KL Premium Saffron Toner

5. Drop 2 to 3 drops of hydrating serum

If you need an extra boost of hydration, try serum with hydrating ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Panthenol (Vitamin B5) or Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF)

You can try our Brightening and Hydrating Facial Serum (BHS) with 2% Hyaluronic Acid if you are searching for local brand hydrating serum. SHOP HERE


  1. ZarZou Brightening and Hydrating Serum
  2. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

6. Use cream-based moisturizer

Ceramide-rich moisturizer are usually thicker, hence the texture is more creamy. If you have dry skin, look for moisturizer rich in emollient or cream-based as you need ingredients which can mimic you skin’s natural oil and repair your skin barrier. Look for ingredients like ceramide, peptide and fatty acid in your moisturizer.


  1. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
  2. Ceradan Hydra Moisturizer

7. Mix your moisturizer with face oil at night

If you are afraid is using facial oil alone might clog your pores, mixing your moisturizer with a few drops of facial oil will be a game-changer for your routine. Since oil is rich in emollient and fatty acid, you will notice your skin will be smoother and no more rough and flaky skin for real!

Recommended facial oil for dry skin includes marula oil, rosehip oil and safflower oil


  1. The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
  2. The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

8. Always keep a humidifier in a room

humidifier or diffuser adds moisture to the air by emitting mist or steam. If you have essential oil, face mist, toner or essence at home, try including it into your humidifier.  This action raises the humidity level, which can be beneficial for those with allergies, asthma, colds or dry skin.


Take note that your routine will go into waste if you are not ending your morning routine with sunscreen. SUNSCREEN, in fact, is the best ANTI AGING product that will help to prevent free radical and more skin problems to appear on your face. Your skin will thank you if you use sunscreen every day in a year!

We hope this entry can be a savior for your dry skin.


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