I have been blessed with good skin, but it is very dry. It doesn’t help that I live in Colorado- a super dry and arid climate that wreaks havoc on skin. Over the years I have tried different products to combat dry, itchy skin, and have finally settled into a skincare routine that works well for me. I don’t have a huge budget for skincare, but I want to take good care of my skin. Read on to find out about my beauty “must haves” for dry skin.
Beauty Must Haves for Face
I keep things pretty simple as far as skin hydration in the morning. Before I put on my make up (I definitely don’t wear make up everyday, either), I use the Cera Ve Skin Renewing Day Cream (affiliate). I love it because it is light and sits well under my make up, and it is also SPF 30 and contains zinc.
Washing our face dries it out, so for makeup removal and general cleansing, I use a bar of Dove soap (affiliate). A cheap, hydrating option for getting my face clean.
I then use Caudalie Vinosource Intense Moisturizing Rescue Cream. It’s a fairly expensive cream- but for dry, sensitive skin I think that is is the best base moisturizer. It also smells super great, and I have noticed my fine lines are a bit finer with this cream.
To seal in all of the moisturizer, I go use my Aunt Rita’s tried and true moisturizer. My Aunt Rita looks to be about 25 years younger than she is, and she has used Mary Kay Extra Emollient Night Cleansing Cream on her skin for years. I was skeptical of this product (I mean, Mary Kay?), because it is so super thick. But when I put this on right before bed, my face stays hydrated all night- and I wake up with dewey skin, even in the dead of winter.
Finally, lips. I had perpetually dry lips until I discovered the Bite Agave Lip Mask. I put it on at night and wake up to hydrated lips, and they stay that way all day.
Beauty Must Haves For Skin
I read online that an oil-based liquid soap is the best for dry skin, and I found the Nubian Heritage Olive Oil and Green Tea Body Wash. It’s AMAZING! A little bit goes a long way- I’ve been using it daily for almost a year and I am still on my first container. It also smells divine- a light, natural scent that is pleasant and not overpowering. The wash also keeps my skin super hydrated. A favorite product!
In winter we wear so many layers of clothing to stay warm, and dead skin cells get trapped between our skin and our clothes. Those cells can get itchy as they build up over time, so it is important to remove them through exfoliation. Since I loved the Nubian Heritage line so much for my body wash, I decided to also try their Hand and Body Scrub. It is also awesome- and I use it about once a week to slough off dead skin cells in the winter. This is also an oil-based exfoliant, which I like because it is extra moisturizing. Be careful when you use it as the oil leaves a residue in the shower and can make it slippery.
If you blow dry or straighten your hair at all, you know that having dry hair makes it super difficult to get a good style. I don’t like to use a lot of products on my hair because they weight it down. I don’t have time to style my hair every day, and I like a good flat-iron or blow out to last three to four days. I had discovered the Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask one day because I loved the teal color of the box it was in. Lucky for me, over the past 5 years this has been the only deep condition that i use because it works so well. I put a generous amount on my hair and scalp, making sure that it sinks in completely, and then let it sit for 10-20 minutes. I rinse it with cool water, and my hair is silky smooth for the rest of the week.
Before Toweling Off
Just the act of showering and towel drying our skin can dry us out, and my mom taught me a beauty trick when I was in high school that I use year round. I put Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Oil on my body before I get out of the shower and then lightly towel dry. The oil hydrates my sin before I dry off and leaves it soft and dewy.
That’s my dry skin beauty routine- what products do you use? Anything that I MUST try? Comment below!