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5 Do’s and Don’ts for Dry Skin

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Having dry skin means that you’re most likely used to your skin feeling tight, rough and parched. Follow our guidelines to help soothe, nourish and nurture your skin.


  1. Cleanse your face with a soap-free cleanser. Harsh chemicals in soap can strip away the natural moisturizing oils in your skin, which in turn cause dryness, irritation, and inflammation. (1)
  2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Moisturizers rehydrate the top layer of skin (the epidermis) and seal in the moisture. You can use any of the three types of moisturizers (2):
  • Emollients – These are oil-based moisturizers that rebuild the lost lipids in your skin. They hydrate, protect and smooth your dry skin. Look for products that include: Jojoba oil and mineral oil
  • Humectants – These extract moisture (water) from the environment and seal it inside your skin. These include: glycerin and Hyaluronic acid
  • Occlusives – These moisturizers act as a physical barrier to prevent water loss. These are either wax, silicone, or oil-based, with a very thick consistency. These include: lanolin, petrolatum and Dimethicone.
  1. Use an ointment or cream rather than a lotion.  Creams are thicker than lotions and therefore provide a better barrier, keeping skin more hydrated. (3)
  2. Use only fragrance-free skincare products. Dermatologists recommend using products specifically labeled “fragrance-free” and not “unfragranced”.
  3. Add moisture to your air by using a humidifier. (4)


  1. Don’t use skincare products that contain any of the following (5):
  • Alcohol
  • Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)
  • Fragrance, including deodorant soaps
  • Retinoids

Avoiding these products altogether will help your skin retain its natural oils.

  1. Don’t use hot water – it removes the natural oils from your face faster than warm or lukewarm water. (6)
  2. Don’t rub your face dry after cleansing. Rubbing can cause abrasion to your skin, which can lead to irritation and inflammation. (7) Rather pat or blot to dry the skin.
  3. Don’t use antibacterial cleansers, which can be drying. (8)
  4. Don’t use skincare products that contain salicylic or glycolic acid, as these are known to reduce oily skin and could be too harsh for skin already lacking oil. (9)