How to Care for Very Dry Skin


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Do you struggle with perpetually flaky, dry, rough skin, no matter how much moisturizer you slather on? Caring for extremely dry skin goes beyond just lotions and creams. With a better understanding of what contributes to dryness, you can make impactful adjustments to your skincare routine for softer, smoother, revitalized skin!

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Why Your Skin Gets So Dry

Dry skin occurs when it can no longer retain its natural moisturizing factors or effectively hold on to moisturizing ingredients—in other words, it loses the ability to replenish itself. Culprits include over-cleansing (especially with bar soap), harsh ingredients, scrubs, unprotected sun exposure (daily SPF is a must!), and many common elements in the air we’re exposed to on a daily basis.

This explains why you can slather yourself in creams all day long, yet your skin reverts back to its rough, uncomfortable, tight-feeling circumstances. If you’re not addressing the root of the problem and using the right skincare, you don’t stand a chance at alleviating dry skin. Here’s an action plan to get dry skin back on the right track…

Replenishing Solutions for Very Dry Skin

Winning the battle against dry, aggravated skin begins with your choice of a gentle but effective cleanser that leaves skin feeling soft and clean with no dryness or tightness. An ultra-skin soothing cleanser like our SKIN RECOVERY Softening Cream Cleanser can get the ball rolling to healthier-looking resilient skin. This multi-action cleanser has a nourishing blend of plant oils and extremely mild and easily rinse-able cleansing agents.

Important advice: Avoid bar soaps and scrubs. These skin-aggravating products hurt the skin’s surface, impeding its ability to hold on to moisture.

After cleansing, recharge your skin with our RESIST Advanced Replenishing Toner loaded with superior hydrating and skin replenishing ingredients. Adding these rejuvenating substances to very dry skin gives it exactly what it needs to start regaining moisture and safeguard from future moisture loss.

After toning, you will love applying a few drops of our RESIST Moisture Renewal Oil Booster. It has an exclusive blend of nine non-fragrant, antioxidant-packed plant oils that brings soothing, moisture-rich relief to dull, dry skin. This small step can make a world of difference in replenishing hydration and giving skin back its luminous radiant glow.

The final step at night is to give skin the ultimate in moisture and enriched skin-restoring ingredients. Standard basic moisturizers creams won’t do for this problem skin type rather it needs high-powered blends essential lipids, ceramides, plant butters and calming agents. For heavy-duty hydration with a luxurious feel, try our CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer. Your skin will be immediately comforted and cushioned from the environmental assault around you, locking the good stuff in and keeping the bad out.

And of course, during the day, your moisturizer should contain sunscreen rated SPF 30+. Nothing is more important for skin as unprotected UV exposure (even on a cloudy day) continually hinders skin’s ability to hold moisture in and replenish vital healthy substances our skin needs. Paula’s Choice SKIN RECOVERY Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 is the ideal choice for dry skin. It’s hydrating enough to be used alone but can also be worn over another moisturizer or serum if you want during the day.

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: The same type of in-depth scientific research used to create this article is also used to formulate Paula’s Choice Skincare products. You’ll find products for all skin types and a range of concerns, from acne and sensitive skin to wrinkles, pores, and sun damage. With Paula’s Choice Skincare, you can get (and keep) the best skin of your life! See Paula's Choice Products for Dry Skin.

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and helping you solve your skincare frustrations with research-supported expert advice—so you'll have the facts you need to take the best possible care of your skin.

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