4 Step Dry and Dehydrated Skincare Routine

I'm back at the desk. I would like to say well rested, but this Easter Weekend was spent getting some much needed reconnection time with #leohusband with a road trip across Texas and a not so comfortable B&B bed.

As promised a few weeks ago when I talked about the 5 side effects of chronic pain and illness, I am going over my new skincare routine that helped me cut down on some of the inflammation created by my dry and dehydrated skin.

Next week, we will delve further into what products are beneficial for dehydrated skin from $ to $$$$

If you haven't read about the signs of dry and dehydrated skin and how it can be linked to your skin barrier damage, health issues, and the medicine you take, you can check out that post here.
My after shower go to.  I use this on a daily basis.

4 Step Dry and Dehydrated Skincare Routine

1. Wash with a Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

Right now I use Clinique's Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm to remove makeup at the end of the day.  In the AM, I use CeraVe's Hydradrating Cleanser.

Wash with Lukewarm Water

Hot or even warm water can further complicate your skin issues.  Always wash with lukewarm to warm water even in the shower.  

Hot water will dry you out further and if you do have barrier damage you will cause the inflammation to grow. It's like throwing gasoline on hot coals.

When washing be gentle with rubbing your skin.  If need be use just your ring fingers and pinky's.

Pat dry

Never rub your skin.  Always pat it dry, sometimes I even just let my face air dry if I have the time. Rubbing can also inflame the skin and irritate it.

2. Gentle Exfoliation

Unfortunately, you need to remove the dead, dry skin before any product can start to work.  

Never use a scrub for exfolation, they are too harsh for dry skin. 

There are many alcohol free toner based exfoliants on the market. I'm using the very dry to dry Clarifiying Lotion Twice a Day Exfoliator by Clinique. 

There are also gentle "chemical" exfoliators with alpha or beta hydroxy acid.

3. Hydrate with a Serum or Gel

You need to hydrate to plump up the skin and lock the moisture in. 

Remember even if you drink a ton of water, your skin is the last organ to see the benefits. 

You have to hydrate topically. 

At night, I alternate between Clinique's Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and the Overnight Mask

During the day I use the Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate.

4. Repair with a Skin Oil

On top of your hydration layer I suggest using a skin repair oil. 

I alternate between Posh's Skincare Facial Oil (which you apparently can't get anymore) and Clinique's Smart Treatment Oil

The repair oil will help in combination with the serum to keep working toward healing your barrier damage. Dry skin is a conditon that lacks the essential oils that normally keep skin hydrated.

Some people have asked on Instagram what I do you to look so young. I use Frownies after my nighttime routine when it has soaked into my skin. Then on top of the Frownies I will use CeraVe Renewing Night Cream.

Me this morning. I'm still pretty tired but my face looks fresh and glowing.
I might need to work on my lips though! LOL!