Dry skin is characterized by tiny or nonexistent pores, a dull complexion, rough skin texture, inelasticity, and is more prone to redness, flaking, irritation, and infection. People with dry skin types have a compromised barrier function, meaning that their skin does not have a functioning protective layer on the skin’s surface. This is why their skin is more prone to irritation and infection. Products for dry skin need to replenish components of the moisture barrier, hydrate skin, and prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL).
For happy, healthy dry skin, follow this regimen:
WASH: Once a day, wash your face (but not your eyes!) with New 20 face wash. If your skin is currently red, flaky, and irritated, use Skin Zen face wash until it calms down. Once a week, exfoliate with Five Fruit exfoliating face wash to remove dead skin buildup.
TONE: Spritz on any of my toners and either wipe it off with a cotton round, or let it air dry. If you use another kind of toner, make sure it has no witch hazel, activated charcoal, or glycolic acid in it.
EYE: New 20 Eye Cream for anti-aging; Skin Zen Eye Cream for soothing and calming eye area and for reducing the discomfort from eczema flareups; Hydro-Bomb Eye Cream for ultra moisturization.
SERUM: You can use any of my serums except Mattifying Serum, BUT you may find that your skin is still in need of moisture after using some of them. In that case, simply apply a night cream over it. Serums that are good for dry skin types are Barrier Repair Serum, New 20 Serum, and Formulator’s Choice Serum.
NIGHT: New 20 Night Cream for anti-aging; Skin Zen Night Cream for soothing and calming skin and for reducing the discomfort from eczema flareups; and Hydro-Bomb Night Cream for all the moisture.
NOTE: Things to avoid in commercial products if you have dry skin: foaming cleansers, activated charcoal, oil-absorbing particles, harsh cleansers like sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and sodium laureth sulfate; avoid anything with the word ‘clarifying’ on the label, and castile soap.