Dry skin doesn't produce natural oil or sebum, meaning pores are nearly invisible and breakouts are infrequent. May sound great– but your skin actually needs those natural oils to stay hydrated and plump. A lack of sebum production can lead to flakiness, fine lines, wrinkles, dry patches, and irritation. Dry skin can also be aggravated by environmental factors like UV exposure, harsh chemicals in soaps/cleaning products, extreme weather, and indoor heating.
One of the biggest mistakes you may be making if you have dry skin is over-exfoliation. Using a cleansing brush, gritty exfoliant, acid, or retinol too frequently can damage the skin's natural barrier, leading to more dryness and sensitivity.
Products that nourish the epidermis and deliver hydration work to reverse dryness over time. Formulas that are oil-based are often more effective for treating a dry complexion than water or cream-based products. Here are some of our favorite hydrating products!