Chapter 63: How to Build a Basic Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin

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There’s no need to jump right into a 10-step skin care routine if you’re new to skin care. Start small with a simple 3-step routine, which includes cleansing, moisturizing and applying sunscreen. For dry skin, the goal is to keep your skin hydrated, so opt for products packed with soothing and hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides or shea butter.

Here’s a breakdown of a simple routine for dry skin: 

A Step-by-Step Guide

Cleansing oils are ideal for dry skin types as they provide skin with extra nourishment while dissolving makeup and a day’s worth of grime.

Haruharu WONDER’s Black Rice Moisture Deep Cleansing Oil glides over skin easily. Packed with black rice bran oil, this cleansing oil sweeps away makeup, sunscreen and accumulated dirt while keeping skin’s moisture levels in check. 


Foaming cleansers work great for oily skin, but for dry skin, they can leave your skin feeling stripped. Step away from foaming cleansers and reach for cream cleansers instead. 

Formulated with ceramides, sea water, madecassoside and amino acids, SKINRx LAB’s MadeCera Cream Mild Whipped Cleanser gently cleanses  skin. It also soothes your complexion and fortifies the skin barrier. Finish off your double cleansing routine with this whipped cleanser every night and say goodbye to thirsty skin!

Post-cleansing, apply a moisturizer to lock in moisture. The best kind for dry skin is one that contains humectants such as hyaluronic acid, aloe vera or fatty acids. Humectants help draw moisture from the air to your skin, keeping your complexion plump and hydrated. 

For your morning routine, try COSRX’s Moisture Power Enriched Cream. The cream is formulated with hyaluronic acid, Vitamin B5, propolis extract and ceramides to supply plenty of hydration. Besides providing long-lasting moisture, COSRX’s cream also protects the skin barrier.

Whenever your skin feels extra dry, pick up something richer like the Surmedic Super Ceramide 100TM Renewal Cream from NEOGEN. The cream packs both hydrating and anti-aging benefits to give your skin a youthful glow. It’s also loaded with five kinds of ceramides to prevent dryness and irritation. 

The last step of your morning routine should always be sunscreen. Applying sunscreen protects skin against early signs of aging and helps maintain a healthy skin barrier. Do your skin a favor: don’t skip sunscreen, even if it’s a cloudy or rainy day. 

A great option for dry skin is Isntree’s Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel. Thanks to ceramides and eight types of hyaluronic acid in its formula, the sun gel protects skin from the sun without leaving you with dry, flaky patches. It won’t leave a white cast either! 

Once you’ve mastered a simple skin care routine, you can start adding more products like a toner, essence or serum. Looking for a basic skin care routine for oily skin? Check out this chapter to find out more. 


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