Ten times magnified mirrors are horrifying in many ways, but there’s nothing more alarming than looking into one and realizing you’re a snake about to cocoon out of your skin except instead of having new, refreshed skin, you’re trapped in a state of perpetual peeling. Basically, peeling, flaky skin sucks. And these products will help you get rid of dry skin.
First of all, let’s talk dry skin vs dehydrated skin.
Over the years I’ve learned one big thing: dry skin and dehydrated skin are NOT the same thing. Dehydrated skin— a condition— is dull, tight, and looks wrinkly in a not-because-I’m-getting-older way, but because it needs water (think: raisins). Dry skin is a skin type that causes flaky and even itchy skin because it’s lacking sebum and needs oils.
My skin is combination, leaning toward dry (and flaky!) in the winter so an efficient, non-greasy, non-suffocating moisturizer is key. But, just because your skin is dry and needs moisture doesn’t mean you should skimp on the hydrators. Weather and environment can dehydrate your skin cells so it’s important to both hydrate and moisturize when trying to get rid of dry skin— especially during winter.
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If you also suffer from flaky, dry skin in the winter this is one product I highly suggest you try out. Thirst Quencher is a wintertime staple and savior of mine. No matter how flaky my skin is, applying a generous heap of this and letting my skin marinate in it always does the trick. Sometimes I even use it as a sleeping mask to really amp up the hydrating benefits. I’ve had some gnarly dry patches and this is the best, fastest, and easiest product I’ve found to get rid of them.
A cream that features ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and oils to nourish without suffocating. It’s a nighttime wintertime staple moisturizer of mine and one I frequent quite regularly. Read the full review here.
A moisturizer on the thicker side that doesn’t feel suffocating and helps exponentially when trying to get rid of dry skin. It includes a blend of 6 African oils to moisturize and brighten, hyaluronic acid’s smaller counterpart that penetrates deeper into the skin to intensely hydrate, and green tea to provide antioxidant benefits. It’s a good one to try if you want to feel moisturized and fancy.
A hydration boosting serum with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 for softer, hydrated, supple skin. The viscous consistency feels hydrating and nourishing and leaves the skin plumper. It’s one I love to layer morning or evening under moisturizers. (Shop my Glossier faves here! And first orders get 10% off).
Hydrating in layers is a wonderful thing to do when your skin just won’t stop flaking. One of my favorites is this serum. It has a viscous gel consistency that feels a bit sticky when it dries, but works beautifully under moisturizers to amp up the hydration.
There are some oils that are super lightweight and some that are thicker. In the winter, I try to opt for a thicker oil like this one because it nourishes, but doesn’t make your skin feel like it’s trapped under an oil slick; a feeling I’m sure no one wants to experience. When I wake up my skin is always more moisturized and looks more supple.
An overnight mask with a rich cream consistency and delicious natural bright, fruity scent. It’s thicker, doesn’t feel oily, and leaves the skin velvety smooth. The sensation of applying this is slightly hard to describe. While other sleeping masks feel like a moisturizer and leave your skin feeling a little wet/ oily before they absorb, this doesn’t. It’s like you’re applying a velvet cream barrier to your skin, but it doesn’t feel like anything. You cleanse in the morning as you usually would and your skin is left soft, supple, and moisturized.