Thursday, December 10, 2015

How I Cured My Dry Skin


We are at that lovely time of the year where the cold is really starting to kick in and affect our nice, healthy, moisturized skin.  I've dealt with dry skin for a really long time, but a couple of winters ago it got SO BAD - we're talking literally peeling off, so tight it hurt to smile, chapped, practically bleeding skin on my face.  It was awful and I knew things had to change.  I thoroughly reviewed my entire skincare process - swapping products in and out - and learning as much as I could about how to best treat my skin during the cold, winter months.  Two years later, I can confidently say that my dry skin is healed and I consider myself to have normal skin again.  

If any of this sounds familiar, here's what worked for me and what hopefully could work for you, too...



{Only wash your face once a day}  Cleansing your face removes your skins natural oils, no matter how hydrating the cleanser, so it's best to only wash your face when absolutely necessary.  I wash my face each night and then in the morning, just splash some water on my face to help wake me up (followed by toner, moisturizer and eye cream).

{Switch to a hydrating cleanser}  I swear by La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream.  I've been using it since 2009 and it is so soothing and gentle, and the creamy formula truly moisturizes your skin while cleansing.  CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser is another great option if you're looking for something a bit cheaper that can be picked up at the drugstore. 

{Exfoliate} I know exfoliating seems like the opposite of what you should be doing, but it's crucial to get rid of all those dry, dead skin cells on your face.  I use my Clarisonic about 5 times a week and it's been a game changer. I'd say behind the La Roche Posay face wash, the Clarisonic has been the biggest saving grace in helping my dry skin.  Make sure to use either the sensitive or cashmere cleanse brush heads because you just want gentle exfoliation, nothing crazy.

PS: tons of Clarisonic stuff is on sale at Nordstrom right now!

{Every other night}  If you use harsh skin treatments that can dry out your skin, such as a retin A product, start using it every other night instead of each night.  It will give your dry skin time to recover in between days.

{Avoid alcohol in your products}  This is another big one: avoid any skin care products containing alcohol as it is an ingredient specifically TO dry out the skin.  Great for those with oily skin, but us - not so much.  I'd been using this Clinique toner for years until one day I looked at the ingredient list and realized it contained alcohol.  I immediately switched over to this alcohol-free Aloe Vera toner by Mario Badescu and I really love it.  It's super mild and the aloe vera in it helps calm red skin which definitely comes along with the dryness.

{Night time slather}  Going to bed is not the time to look cute when you're dealing with dry skin - it's the time to pull out the big guns.  Sorry husbands.  If your skin is REALLY, REALLY bad, I'd 100% recommend giving Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream a try (found at Amazon, Whole Foods or Costco).  It's heavy duty and it's gross, but it helps so much.  You rub it in your hands and it turns to oil and then you slather it all over your face while you sleep.  The oil base prevents the moisturizer in it from drying out in the air and allows it to really skin into your skin.  

I'd really only recommend Egyptian Magic for the worst of the worst dry skin - if you're as desperate as I was. Otherwise, I also love CeraVe's PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, or my latest favorite, First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream.

{The eyes}  My favorite, favorite, favorite eye cream is Clinique's All About Eyes Rich.  It keeps my eyes hydrated, less puffy and I swear helps with dark circles.  *Make sure it's the Rich version because I think the original All About Eyes is not great.

{The usual tips} Drink LOTS of water, avoid long hot showers/baths, use a humidifier in your home, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.  

What are your tips or tricks for beating dry winter skin?
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26 comments

  1. Yes! My skin has been so dry lately. I prefer to use Cetaphil moisturizer because it doesn't leave behind that greasy film on my hands and face, and it's relatively inexpensive. Lately my neck has been super dry, tight, and itchy. So odd. I've never had that problem before. I say it all the time and people think I'm crazy, but I can feel my skin aging. Do you ever feel that way? When the skin around my eyes is hurting, I always apply moisturizer. Thanks for the recommendations!

    Kaitlyn @ Kaitlyn-Danielle.blogspot.com

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  2. I don't think I've tried any of these products, except the Clarisonic--thanks for the tips of what worked for you!

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  3. So many great products - I still havent tried the egyptian magic but I want to! I basically moisturize like it's my job haha that saves me in the winter! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. This is a great post! My skin gets so dry in the winter. I may need to try out a few of these.

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  5. I have dry patches that appear when the weather changes. UGH! I will try some of these! Great post!

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  6. Thanks for the tip that Nordstrom is having a sale on Clarisonic items, I'm in dire need of a replacement brush! And I had no idea that washing your face more than once a day would dry it out. Even down here, my skin definitely dries up more this time of year. Awesome tips gurlie <3

    Green Fashionista

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  7. Yah!! Thanks for posting this. I almost have my routine down, but I'm going to check these products out to help round out the process. My biggest problem is not drinking enough water(I'm a nurse and run around all day), so that's going to be the final kicker I think.

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  8. I love Mario Badescu products but I've never tried that toner, definitely need to! My skin gets so dry in the winter! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  9. Thank you for this! I have dry skin too.. Not on my face as bad as on my legs and arms. I get so dry it gets itchy..! I've been working with different options to see if I can find something that will work for me! Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  10. annnnnd men just get out of the shower and go ;-) I tell you being a girl is work sometimes. Just kidding. I've heard a lot about that Egyptian lotion and I'm glad it lives up to its hype!

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  11. I'm in the market for a good toner, so I'll have to try that one out! I recently got a bag of mini Origins products to try out and I'm really loving their Ginzing moisturizer and eye cream. It smells so good, makes my makeup go on super smooth and leaves my skin feeling hydrated.

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  12. I have the worst dry skin and the Clarisonic really is such a game changer! I tried Egyptian Magic but it was a little too much for me. I know it's great but I couldn't handle the texture on my face. I wish I could because I know it works! I use a ton of Jojoba Oil on my face now. I mix it with my lotion, use it alone and mix it with my foundation and I really think that has been helping a lot. I am going to pick up that toner when I run out of mine!

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  13. I am going to try that face cleanser! I switched to the CeraVe PM cream about a month ago and LOVE it. I also love the josie maron argon oil a couple nights a week - it seems to really balance out my skin and give me lots of moister!

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  14. my eyes are the worst - I'm totally checking out that Clinique product!

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  15. Yes to all of this! You are just speaking to my skincare obsessed heart. Skincare is SO important! I'm obsessed with First Aid Beauty for all things dry skin. They are such a great brand with great ingredients. I swear by my Clarisonic for cleansing and light exfoliation. It's so important to exfoliate, no matter what your skin type, because how do you expect your skincare to work if you have layers of dry, dead skin on top! And I love you for talking about not over-washing your face! If you have a thorough skincare routine at night to remove dirt, oil, and makeup, it's really not necessary to rewash your face in the morning and can just lead to over drying of the skin. Great post!

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  16. This is perfect - one of my goals for the new year is to start taking better care of my face - I'm so lazy and have the worst routine ever. The clarasonic is high up on my list - late to the party but better late than never and I'll definitely be checking out some of these other products!

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  17. Oh my goodness - this makes me glad I live in Florida ;) I get chapped hands in the winter and think it's the worst thing lol

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  18. Wow these recommendations are great! I have the direct opposite problem that you have though. I have oily skin :( but I love hearing these kind of recommendations for the colder months when my skin gets dry patches. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  19. I have heard amazing things about Egyptian Magic!

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  20. I have the driest skin in America, so this is SUCH a helpful post! I have never heard of the Egyptian Magic, so thank you for sharing! I will have to check it out.

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  21. I've heard great things about Egyptian Magic! I had bad dry skin years ago from an acne cream so I understand your frustration! Glad you find a cure!
    Ally- Life as I know it

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  22. I love the La Roche Posay brand. I use their Effaclar line... I'll have to try this face wash when I run out because I have dry skin really badly around my nose.

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  23. Dry skin is the worst! Finn is dealing with it pretty bad right now, and I feel so bad for him!

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  24. Oh my goodness, I get the worst dry skin this time of year, especially now that we live in MT where it is so much drier than WI was. Thanks for all these tips! I will be trying some out!!!

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  25. These are great products! Some I've heard of but I've only tried the Clinique eye cream and the Clarisonic. I'll keep these in mind for my next skin care haul! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  26. i used this product like once and stopped lol. I was skeptical. Thank you for the heads up!! http://twinplus-m.com

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