If you’ve ever experienced dry or dehydrated skin and know how its sensitive requirements demand meticulous care––this skin profile guide is for you! Here are some quick pointers to help you distinguish between dry skin, dehydrated skin, or both, as well as two professional routines to help you nurture and enhance your skin’s health.
SIGNS OF A DRY SKIN PROFILE
One of the most tell-tale signs of dry skin is a flaky or dull appearance. Dry skin often feels tight and rough shortly after cleansing and is often prone to sensitivity––resulting in redness, irritation, or itching.
These symptoms suggest that the skin's protective barrier is compromised and lacks its natural oils, leading to the accentuation of fine lines and wrinkles.
SIGNS OF DEHYDRATED SKIN
On the other hand, dehydrated skin shares some of these symptoms (such as a sensation of tightness after cleansing), but the two aren’t exactly the same. Insufficient hydration is a primary cause of dehydrated skin.
Dehydrated skin suffers from a lack of moisture––as opposed to a lack of natural oil production––which can make fine lines and surface dehydration lines more noticeable. The skin may also appear duller, making dark circles more prominent.
Additionally, dehydrated skin tends to be more sensitive and can react more easily to various products and environmental factors.
CAN YOU TREAT DRY SKIN?
Both dry and dehydrated skin can be effectively managed through a professional skincare regimen.
- For dry skin types, incorporating oil-based serums and rich, nourishing moisturizers can help to fulfill the skin’s lack of natural oils. Note that dry skin may quickly absorb moisturizers, which means it may be best to opt for richer, more emollient products. It’s also important to use gentle, creamy cleansers as opposed to gel and foam types.
- For dehydrated skin, hydrating serums (with hyaluronic acid, for example), a professional-grade hydrating moisturizer, a hydrating mist, and incorporating the regular use of a hydrating mask will make a big difference in the appearance of the skin. It’s also crucial to remain gentle with the skin, as overly harsh products and environmental conditions can strip down its barrier even more.
And last but not least, drinking plenty of H2O will help restore the skin’s water content.
iS CLINICAL 5-STEP ROUTINE FOR DRY SKIN (AM + PM)
- Step 1: Cleanse
Product: iS Clinical Cream Cleanser
How to Use: Apply a small amount to damp skin, massage gently, and rinse with lukewarm water.
- Step 2: Exfoliate
How to Use: Apply a thin layer to clean, damp skin, massage gently, and leave on for up to 5 minutes before rinsing. Use 1-2 times a week.
- Step 3: Tone
Product: iS Clinical Copper Firming Mist
How to Use: Mist the product over the face and neck; allow it to dry or gently pat it in.
- Step 4: Treat
Product: iS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum
How to Use: Apply a small amount to the face and neck, gently smoothing it into the skin.
- Step 5: Hydrate
How to Use: Apply to the face, neck, and décolletage as the final step in your skincare routine.
BIOPHORA 5-STEP ROUTINE FOR DRY SKIN (AM + PM)
- Step 1: Cleanse
Product: Biophora Bioactive Cleanser
How to Use: Apply a small amount to damp skin, gently massage in a circular motion, and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
- Step 2: Exfoliate
Product: Biophora Bioactive Solution
How to Use: Apply to clean, dry skin using a cotton pad, avoiding the eye area. Use 1-2 times a week, depending on skin sensitivity.
- Step 3: Treat
Product: Biophora Hyaluronic Treatment Serum
How to Use: Apply a few drops to the face and neck, gently massaging into the skin.
- Step 4: Hydrate
Product: Biophora Intense Hydration
How to Use: Apply generously to the face, neck, and décolletage as the final step in your skincare routine.
- Step 5: Protect
Product: Biophora Daily Protection SPF30
How to Use: Apply daily and liberally before sun exposure.
Last but not least––regardless of the season or weather, don’t forget to finish your morning routine with an SPF of at least 30 (like the Biophora Daily Protection), which is to be reapplied every 2-3 hours throughout the day.
Until next time, take care of the skin you are in!
The BSE Team