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Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

If you have naturally dry skin, you’re probably familiar with its pitfalls and the everyday complexities of managing it, but have you figured out the best skincare routine for dry skin yet? There actually is a method to the madness of the many skincare products on the market today and the multi-step routines they suggest.

While a lengthy regimen can sound like a commitment of time and money, investing in healthy skin is never a bad idea. Don’t worry, though, you won’t have to break up with your budget or your free time to follow through on this skincare routine for dry skin. At Sanitas Skincare, we use up to 39 active ingredients in each product, meaning you’ll reap a host of benefits from just one single bottle or jar. Our products will target your skin’s primary concern, in this case, dryness, with an entourage of ingredients that work together to magnify the therapeutic benefits so you can reap all the benefits of an 11-step routine in far, far fewer steps.

We promise, you won’t regret spending a little more time in front of the mirror when it means banishing your dry skin woes—for good. Before you know it, you will reap the rewards and see noticeable results such as enhanced radiance, visible hydration, and plumper, more youthful looking skin. 

To find out what causes dry skin, check out our comprehensive blog here.

How to Create the Perfect Dry Skincare Routine

The best skincare routine for dry skin is applied twice daily: morning and evening. If you have been applying the same products at first light as you do at night, we hate to break it to you but you’re not getting the most of your routine. Of course, there are a couple of products that can and should do double duty, but most products are effective with only one use per day or even one use per week. Divide your skincare products between morning and night and conquer dry skin for good.

I. In the Morning

Step 1: Cleanse

Nothing starts the day off right like a fresh splash of water on the face, and if you have dry skin, or it’s feeling extra dry on a certain day, that may be all the cleansing you need. Overwashing can strip your skin of its natural oils, which, when skin is already dry, can cause it to become irritated. Plus, if you follow the nighttime skincare routine for dry skin below, then there’s really no need to wash away all those wonderful ingredients come morning. 

If you can’t let go of your morning cleanse, just make sure to use a gentle formula such as our  Milk & Honey Cleanser. Additionally, if you are prone to breakouts, you can consider making cleansing in the morning a regular part of your routine.

Step 2: Serum

Step two (or one if you skipped the cleanse) is applying a serum. A serum is the part of your daily skincare routine packed with powerful ingredients, so this step shouldn’t be skipped. For dry skin, a hydrating serum is essential. Thankfully, a lot of hydrating serums also boast other great benefits. Natural Moisture Factor is the perfect addition to any dry skincare routine as it will dramatically increase skin’s moisture and leave it smoother and brighter too. 

Step 3: Moisturize

Lock in all the benefits of your serum and deliver even more hydration to dry skin with a balm or moisturizer. Our PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream is the ideal moisturizer for dry skin because it nourishes even severely dry skin. This product is perfect for the daytime and is a great example of how we utilize an entourage of ingredients to deliver maximum benefits, allowing you to use fewer products overall.

Step 4: Protect

The final step in your morning skincare routine may be the most important. It’s sunscreen. We’re sure we aren’t the first to tell you the importance of using SPF every single day. This is the single best ingredient to prevent signs of aging and skin cancer. Layer a facial sunscreen such as our Solar Block Broad Spectrum Sunscreen over your hydrating moisturizer. If you can, reapply sunscreen throughout the day to ensure you are always protected. Now, you and your skin are ready to go.

II. In the Evening

Step 1: Cleanse

The perfect nighttime routine begins with a good cleanse. Take the day off so your dehydrated skin can breathe and recover while you sleep. For the first cleanse of the night, use a formula that will easily dissolve and remove any makeup. Our Sensitive Skin Cleanser does just that.

Step 2: Cleanse

You read that right. If your day is filled with makeup, phone calls, workouts, and more, there are a lot more impurities on your face than you can do away within one simple wash. These impurities can lead to clogged pores which can lead to breakouts and a dull complexion. Rid your skin of any remaining impurities and supply extra hydration with our Milk & Honey Cleanser. It is formulated with rich, hydrating honey and milk proteins that lock in moisture.

Step 3: Exfoliate

Exfoliating is a necessary step to clear the skin of dead skin cells, prevent clogged pores, and achieve a brighter complexion. For dry skin specifically, exfoliating can help rid the skin of any flakes and even any rough patches. Exfoliating does remove the top layer, or layers, of the skin so it is important not to do it very often. Protect the skin barrier, which allows skin to retain moisture, by only exfoliating a few nights per week. 

One to two times a week, exfoliate your skin with a facial polish such as our Lemon Cream Scrub. This scrub will buff away spent skin cells and restore a lackluster complexion. On the other nights of the week, opt for a gentle resurfacing treatment such as our Hydrating Brightening Solution. This formula can be used three to four times per week on dry skin to brighten age spots, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fortify the skin’s defense against environmental aggressors. This solution contains alpha hydroxy acid, an ingredient that can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, which is why we suggest using it as part of your nighttime routine. 

Both of these products are gentle enough to use on dry sensitive skin, but if exfoliators ever begin to irritate your skin or exacerbate dryness, simply decrease how often you use them.

Step 4: Mask

This step is crucial for anyone with dry skin. In fact, a powerful hydrating mask can be the biggest help when it comes to battling chronic dryness and/or a sudden onset of dryness. After exfoliating, apply our VitaRich Mask to your face and neck and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. This mask will deliver deep hydration to replenish dry, dull skin for immediate results.

Tip: You can always mask in the morning too if your skin is feeling extra thirsty.

Step 5: Serum

Applying serum is one of those steps that happens both in the morning and at night. Reach for Natural Moisture Factor once again to supply your skin with much needed moisture as well as a powerful host of nutrients that will leave it looking better and brighter.

Step 6: Moisturize

Complete your skincare routine for dry skin with moisturizer. At night, feel free to up the thickness of your moisturizer based on how your skin is feeling. If it seems drier than usual because you used a more powerful exfoliant, you’re traveling, or the weather is changing, opt for a richer moisturizer such as our PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream.

That wasn’t so bad now, was it? A good, daily skincare routine such as this one will ensure your dry skin is properly nourished and looks and feels its best. With just a few simple steps in the morning and at night, you can have glowy-looking, radiant skin both now and in the future. Everyone’s skin is unique so use this routine as a framework and select the products that target your skin type and major concerns to fill in the blanks. At Sanitas Skincare, you can shop the best products for dry skin and easily find the dryness specific formulas that are right for you.

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Hydrating Brightening Solution

a gentle resurfacing treatment | brighten
$29.00 or subscribe and save 5%

VitaRich Mask

a moisture replenishing mask | hydrate
$29.00 or subscribe and save 5%

Solar Block Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 20

a mineral based sunscreen | protect
$35.00 or subscribe and save 5%

Natural Moisture Factor

a daily serum | dry
$53.00 or subscribe and save 5%
peptiderm moisturizing cream

PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream

a redensifying moisturizer | age defy
$100.00 or subscribe and save 5%

Sensitive Skin Cleanser

a daily cleanser | sensitive
$32.00 or subscribe and save 5%

Milk & Honey Cleanser

a daily cleanser | dry
$32.00 or subscribe and save 5%

Lemon Cream Scrub

a facial polish | polish
$32.00 or subscribe and save 5%
Alexis Mayne

Alexis Mayne

Love what's in our bottles? Alexis is a big part of the team that makes it happen. For more than 10 years, she's been instrumental in formulating and producing the Sanitas Skincare you love. Her areas of expertise include the science of skin, finding active ingredients that get results and connecting with the purest and most responsible ingredient suppliers. She also works closely with our Boulder-based manufacturing team to make sure our products are effective, safe and consistent, each and every time.


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