Dry skin tends to age the fastest of all skin types. When you have dry skin, you want every product you use to provide some hydration and you want to avoid products containing alcohol.
I will share with you my recommended routine for this skin type and then give you a shopping list of recommended products as well as links to relevant articles.
Dry Skin Anti-Aging Routine:
If you want a good anti-aging routine, you need to cleanse, tone, use a jam-packed serum, and moisturize. You need some anti-aging products that will remove dead skin cell buildup, as well as products with collagen-stimulating ingredients such as vitamin C or peptides. You also need a sunscreen to prevent further sun damage to your skin.
- Wash with a cream based, alcohol-free cleanser in the AM and PM.
- Every 3 days add a dermafoliant with lactic acid to your cleanser to get rid of dead skin cell buildup.
- Use a hydrating toner to add more moisture and nourishment to your skin. Do this after every cleansing.
- In the AM use a hydrating and antioxidant rich facial serum. In the PM use a Vitamin C serum or Peptide product.
- Apply a rich facial oil. This will provide amazing hydration. You can mix this oil with your above serum to create a micro-emulsion.
- In the AM use a tinted moisturizer with SPF to protect your skin from sun damage. In the PM use a rich night cream for restoring hydration.
- Every 3 days you replace your Vitamin C or Peptide product with a Glycolic acid product to brighten your skin tone.
- Once a week perform a hydrating, deep cleaning mask.
Dry Skin Anti-Aging Shopping List:
- Eminence Coconut Milk Cleanser – this is a rich, cream-based cleanser
- Indie Lee Toner – A hydrating toner with anti-aging coenzyme Q10
- Kypris Beauty Antioxidant Dew Water-Based Serum – use in the morning. Mix with a facial oil for more hydration.
- Lina Hanson Global Facial Oil – This one is great for dry skin.
- ILIA Tinted SPF Moisturizer – I like tinted sunscreens because they don’t make my look pale and white.
- Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant – Add to your cleanser every 3 days to help get rid of dead skin cells.
- InstaNatural Glycolic Acid Cream – You may find glycolic acid too drying, but it is such a great anti-aging tool that I wanted to include a product recommendation for you.
- Teva Organic Peptide Serum – rotate usage with Vitamin C serum.
- My Skin’s Friend Vitamin C Serum – use at night.
- May Lindstrom Honey Mud Mask – A hydrating facial mask
- Ila-Spa Night Cream – excellent for anti-aging and hydration.
A Note about Exfoliates
Glycolic acid and salicylic acid can be too harsh for dry skin. Lactic acid or fruit enzymes are better for dry skin types. However, Glycolic acid is such an effective anti-aging tool, that I do recommend using one every 3 days. Make sure you follow its use with a rich night cream.
A Note About Retinol ( A Very Potent Anti-Aging Compound)
Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that speeds up cell turnover, gets rid of dullness-causing dead skin cells, and stimulates cellular repair, thus boosting collagen and elastin. It is a very potent anti-aging ingredient that offers real results. The problem with Retinol is that it causes your skin to become more sensitive to UV radiation, and it cannot be used when you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
EWG’s Skin Deep Database gives retinol a very high hazard rating, stating that it is photomutagenic and can cause cancer when exposed to UV light. There is some controversy over this conclusion, with many dermatologists claiming it is not true. You can read this article for more info on the retinoid controversy.
I personally don’t use retinoids, as I feel the risks out-way the benefits. I instead use antioxidant rich plant oils, Vitamin C, and exfoliating enzymes (I like Kypris’ Moonlight Catalyst). If you are going to use a retinoid, only use it at night and be diligent about using a sunscreen during the day.
Retinoids can be drying. Look for mild retinoids with moisturizing bases and only use them 3 – 4 times a week, making sure to apply a heavy night cream after. For a natural alternative to synthetic retinoids, try Kypris Beauty’s Moonlight Catalyst.
Articles and Product Reviews:
- Glycolic Acid Skin Benefits : Instantly Younger Looking Skin
- Vitamin C Serum Face Benefits : Proven Results
- Eminence Coconut Milk Cleanser Review
- Kypris Beauty Antioxidant Dew Review
- Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant Review
- Kypris Beauty Moonlight Catalyst Review
- May Lindstrom Honey Mud Review
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