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The Perfect Routine for Dry Skin

The Perfect Routine for Dry Skin

Finding the right skincare for dry skin can mean the difference between a flaky, tight-feeling complexion and a healthy, radiant glow. Read on to discover what causes dry skin and how to achieve a supplehydrated-looking complexion with a five-step skincare routine for dry skin.  

What is dry skin? 

Dry skin naturally produces less sebum (the oil secreted by sebaceous glands to help moisturize and protect the skin) than other skin types. It often feels rough, flaky and tight.  

What causes dry skin? 

Dry skin can be caused by cold temperatures, chilled air and low humidity. These external factors cause the blood vessels to narrow, reducing sebaceous gland secretion and drying out the lipid barrier. With age, the skin also naturally produces less sebum, resulting in drier and tighter-feeling skin. 

Fortunately, the below skincare routine for dry skin will help to keep your complexion hydrated and feeling healthy. 

Skincare routine for dry skin 

Step 1: Cleanse with a gentle face wash for dry skin 

Harsh soaps and cleansers can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving a dry face feeling even drier and tighter. Instead, opt for face wash for dry skin that’s formulated with hydrating and gentle ingredients, like hyaluronic acid or micellar water, to cleanse without stripping essential moisture. 

Gel and cleansing lotions are best for dry skin. 

Step 2: Tone to rebalance the skin 

Often neglected, toning is an important step of your skincare routine for dry skin. Not only does it help to rebalance the skin after cleansing but it can prepare the skin for next steps, allowing future products to work most effectively 

Step 3: Apply a hyaluronic acid concentrate 

holy grail for dry skin, hyaluronic acid helps to prevent moisture loss and keep skin hydrated. It’s capable of holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water and absorbs moisture from its surroundings to lock in hydration. 

Step 4: Use a hydrating serum for dry skin 

Serums are lightweight hydrators formulated with small molecules that work to hydrate the skinThey are particularly beneficial for dry skin, helping to nourish and brighten.  

To find the best serum for dry skin, look for formulas with hydrating and radiance-boosting ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and Vitamins C and E.  

Step 5: Moisturize  

Thelp replenish the skin’s moisture barrier, moisturizers and night creams are essential. While moisturizers hydrate the surface layer of the skin and create a protective shield to help prevent damage from external aggressors throughout the daynight creams help support the skin’s natural overnight renewal process and help to hydrate and replenish the skin barrier.  

Apply a face cream or SPF moisturizer as the last step of your morning skincare routine, and a night cream as the final step of your evening regimen.  

Weekly treatments 

To look and feel its best, dry skin often requires a deeply hydrating treatment to supplement an everyday skincare routineFace masks and overnight treatments provide a highly concentrated dose of the key ingredients needed to further nourish and hydrate the skin, including cocoa butter and hyaluronic acid.  

Apply a face mask twice a week after cleansing and toning, then follow with moisturizer or night cream.  

Skincare for dry skin 


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    No7 Radiant Results Revitalizing Toning Water helps to protect the skin’s natural, healthy balance.

    Apply onto a cotton pad, then sweep over the skin to help reduce the appearance of pores and even out skin tone, leaving the complexion looking renewed, toned and revitalized.


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    No7 HydraLuminous Water Concentrate is powered by pure hyaluronic acid and our HydraDrench Complex to provide an instant burst of moisture, while an antioxidant blend of mulberry and Vitamins C and E helps to shield the skin’s appearance.

    Apply morning and night for skin that looks refreshed and hydrated.


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    No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum combines hyaluronic acid with a rice protein and alfalfa complex to help replenish the skin with moisture.

    Use morning and night for skin that appears firm and lifted, and feels hydrated.


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    No7 HydraLuminous Water Surge Gel Cream is powered by naturally-derived plant hydrators to deliver an immediate burst of moisture and help keep skin hydrated for up to 72 hours. This cool, refreshing formula also features a protective antioxidant blend of Vitamins C and E, mulberry and Pollution Shield Technology to help create an invisible barrier against pollution particles that can dull the skin.

    Apply every morning for a healthy, hydrated and radiant glow.


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    No7 HydraLuminous Overnight Recovery Gel Cream is formulated with Bisabolol to support skin’s natural overnight recovery. This refreshing formula absorbs instantly to leave skin feeling intensively quenched, refreshed and re-energized by morning.

    Apply every evening as the last step of your nighttime skincare routine.

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    Developed specifically for dry skin, No7 Instant Results Hydration Mask is formulated with nourishing cocoa seed butter, which contains fatty acids that help to hydrate, lock in moisture and provide intense nourishment.

    Two to three times a week, apply generously over clean skin. Leave for 3 minutes, then wipe off and rinse away to leave skin looking plump, healthy and radiant.

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    Formulated to hydrate dry, tight-feeling skin, No7 Laboratories Hydrating Skin Paste locks in moisture while you sleep. It harnesses the power of 3 molecular sizes of Hyaluronic Acid for a deeply nourishing, long-lasting burst of hydration.

    Twice a week, apply instead of a night cream to wake up with plump, dewy-looking skin that feels hydrated and supple.


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