(Closed) Dry Skin

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I don’t have dry skin, but I have encountered many dry skin clients. Just to double-check, your skin might be dehydrated (lacking water) and not dry (lacking oils). Dry skin is genetic – small pores, slower cell turnover/renewal, and more cell buildup on the surface~ people with dry skin naturally produce less sebum/oil and have a thinner protective lipid layer, which lets the water evaporate and cause more dryness/dehydration.

If it’s just dryness, you would need products with thicker emollients to help ‘block’ the water from evaporating as well as replenish the oil/lipid protective layer and lubricate your skin.

For cleanser, I recommend only using cream cleanser as it cleanses without stripping the oils from your face – like Philosophy Purity creme cleanser. For toner, use a milky looking toner, like Lancome Tonique Confort.  No treatment products would work without properly taking care of the dead skin cells on the outermost surface of the skin. You can use a gentle scrub 2-3 times a week (not to say home-made remedies are bad, but the granules of the scrubs should be even surfaced as to not scratch/damage skin!) or a chemical exfoliant every other day should take care of it.  Moisturizer-depends on how dry is dry! Oils have the most emollients – palm oil/coconut oil (and eating coconut, replenishing those lipids/omega-3s via diet), or try various creams that are thick in texture at night time.  Aloe Vera masks, mixing Rose essential oils to your moisturizer can help.  The cheap fix is petroleum jelly~ 

Post # 4
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t mean to sound like a snob here – but petroleum jelly is a myth.

The molecules are too large to actually penetrate the skin, therefore it is not providing any hydration IN the skin, it’s just “plumping” the outer layer of the epidermis. It can clog pores, and interfere with the skins ability to eliminate toxins, and I have read that it can actually strip the skin of it’s natural oils, leaving it feeling chapped (ever used Chap Stick? It temporarily relieves the surfaces dryness, but actually makes the dryness worse, so that you will use MORE of the product).

@ msduck – to answer your question, I agree a cream or milky cleanser with an alcohol free toner and a good quality moisturizer are your best bet. (Again, nothing with mineral oil or any such by-product is best). Ingredients like plant derivitives and/or grapeseed, sunflower seed, avacado oils – all great for your skin. Aloe vera and shae butter are also two great ingredients for providing hydration in the skin. Use these three products morning and night, and like skyla.arts said exfoliating with a gentle scrub or mask a couple of times per week will help maximize the efficiency of your products.

I personally use Repechage products and have had really great results 🙂 I have also used (and loved) Eminence and Dermalogica products, and don’t mind La Roche Posay, which you can find at Shoppers.
Morning: Cleanse, tone, moisturizer, eye cream.
Night: Cleanse, tone, serum, moisturizer, eye cream.
Twice a week I use a Honey & Almond Scrub, and once a week a mud mask to help prevent/ clear up breakouts.

Hope this helps!

Post # 5
3928 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have severely dry skin and I swear by the Aveeno products. They work excellant for me.

Post # 6
453 posts
Helper bee

I use Philosophy Purity cleanser and Hope in a Jar for dry sensitive skin moisturizer. I always have a problem with flakiness and recently started using a Clarisonic and it has changed my life-my skin has never looked better.

Post # 7
6980 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I have terribly dry skin and the best facial cleanser I’ve found is clinique’s extra sensitive for dry skin. Really any cleanser that looks like lotion is okay though. I also use clinique’s extra sensitive toner every day. Their superhydrating lotion is good, but it doesn’t have spf which i think is a major oversight, so I use a nutragena moisturizer for extra dry skin with spf 25.

For my body lotion I actually prefer jergin’s unscented. In general anything with fragrance irritates my skin so I shy away from that, but the jergins really seems to work well. 

Post # 8
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t have a specific lotion I like best; I just go for anything specifically targeted for dry skin. The biggest difference maker I have found is that I shave everyday. I think the exfoliation really helps my skin absorb the lotion and do what it needs to do better. I used to use a regular face wash for normal skin but that was starting to leave my face feeling too tight, so I just use Johnson’s baby wash now!

Post # 9
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I also have dry skin and use Cetaphil as my cleanser (liquid not bar).  During the spring/summer, I use Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Difference Refining Face Crean.  During the fall/winter, I use Chanel Hydramax face cream.  I don’t use a toner because it can dry the skin out even further.  I also exfoliate once or twice a week – I use Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliator.

On my body, I have a pair of scrubbing gloves and wash with an exfoliating body wash.  I use a generic drug store brand body wash with exfolaiating qualities and it works just fine!  Then, I follow up with lubriderm body lotion.

I also try and get a facial at least two-three times a year (they’re too expensive for my regular monthly beauty budget).

Post # 10
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@MrsT2Bee – I should have explained that yes, petroleum jellly does “not providing any hydration IN the skin” – but it’s an occlusive product that helps your skin TRAP the moisture already on your skin and therefore help relief dryness.  It will clog pores for some people, but if you have really dry skin, it’s unlikely that it will clog your pores~ it all depends on ones skin type~ what is comedogenic to one person isn’t always comedogenic to someone else~

Post # 11
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have super, super dry skin that will flake off in disgusting chunks if I’m not careful. I tried aveeno and cetaphil, and they just made it worse. I’ve been using old-lady cold cream (pond’s or the store brand, doesn’t seem to matter which) for the last 6 months or so, and my skin has never looked better! I use it in the shower at night – I just smear it on all over my face, and then use a warm washcloth to clean it off. I follow that with Oil of Olay moisturizer (can’t remember the exact type right now, but it comes in a white jar with a black lid) which I use after the shower and then again in the morning. No toner or anything. I’m lucky because the extra oil (from the cold cream) doesn’t cause me to break out – that’s how dry my skin is!

I also try to drink lots of water and limit my alcohol, and that helps a bit too.

Good luck!

Post # 13
20 posts

I have skin that’s dry, sensitive, and subject to breakouts — awesome! Anyway, using a milky or cream cleanser followed by an alcohol-free toner before moisturizing is a basic plan. Putting your moisturizer on while your skin is still slightly damp from the toner helps it absorb and go on more smoothly (something my facialist said that I thought was bunk until I tried it). When my skin is really dry I mix jojoba oil into my moisturizer and it’s a great boost.

Products I use:

— Earth Science ADE Creamy Cleanser

— Earth Science hydrating toner spray

— Neutrogena age essentials eye cream

— Collective Wellbeing daycream

— Aura Cacia jojoba oil at night

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