Something happened after I gave birth to my son: I suddenly got extremely dry skin on my face! Not like a little here and there that would go away with a day of moisturizing. No, I’m talking dry and flaky skin on my face (all over). It was painful and itchy. So I did a bunch of research and asked around for recommendations and within 3 days (THREE DAYS!!!) of doing this routine and using these products I have listed below, my skin felt the best it has felt in years.
I was hesitant spending so much money on skin care products. While I’ve always loved free samples and trying new things, I admit that I’d never spent more than $50 on skin care products.
Unfortunately I guess my skin knew that I wasn’t treating it right?
I cannot tell you how painful and embarrassing it felt to have cracked, patchy, flaky dry skin on my face. I would want to itch it during meetings, and I was drinking enough water and washing it, but I just wasn’t using the correct products because they seemed to be making it worse.
When I shared 16 thoughts about the first 6 months with a baby I said how my skin changed. But then it got worse.
Ok, so what products and routine worked for very dry skin? Let me dive in (and I’ll preface this by saying that eek, yes, you will need to spend a little money, but honestly, my skin has never felt better so I think it’s been worth every penny).
Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil – This cleansing oil is like no other cleanser I’ve ever used. It doesn’t feel like it’s stripping my face, and it doesn’t leave a film or grease, it leaves a dewy finish. It’s a comfortable, lightweight cleaning oil. It can be used on wet or dry skin and rapidly reaches deep down into the pores to thoroughly remove dirt and makeup. If you buy one product on this list – let it be this one!
Lancome Tonique Confort Comforting Rehydrating Toner – the problem with toners I’ve used in the past was that they stung when they went on and really dried out my skin even more. Not with this toner. This rehydrating toner is silky-soft and super gentle and is a soothing formula made with honey and sweet almond extract. It gives skin a soft, fresh, and clean feeling. This is a moisturizing toner!
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate – I think what was missing from my routine and products for very dry skin was a serum. I love the Shiseido one. Basically, serums offer restorative effects for your skin from environmental factors such as weather, travel, change of season, stress, pollution, etc. Serums contain synergistic antioxidant blends which help strengthen the skin and lock in the moisture which you put on next!
Shiseido Bio-Performance LiftDynamic Serum – This is an anti-aging multi-benefit sculpting serum supports skin’s natural restorative powers to help visibly lift and firm skin for youthful-looking density. With continued use, your skin appears youthfully tightened and looks more visibly sculpted. By helping restore elasticity and moisture, skin radiates with vitality. Super Bio-Hyaluronic Acid N replenishes skin with deep moisture. This is another serum (see above for two other ones). This would be the one product I’d say would be nice to have, but not necessary for your skin care routine. You apply this one after your other serums, or in place of them.
Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Cream or Aveda Wedding Masque Cream – Both of these overnight creams are so luxurious and amazing! I kind of like the Shiseido one better because I use it as a day and night cream. The Wedding Masque cream is definitely a night only cream because it takes all night to absorb. So if you’re looking to use one cream, I’d go with the Shiseido one. They both have silky smooth textures and really hydrate the skin. The Shiseido one absorbs quickly.
- Wash face with Shiseido perfect cleansing oil
- Use Lancome rehydrating toner
- Apply Shiseido serum
- If using, apply Shiseido Bio-Performance LiftDynamic Serum or an oil
- There are really there different options for oils; a very expensive option (La Mer -the renewal oil-let me warn you ahead of time for the sticker price, there’s a mini version that’s still $145, I got the mini one as a gift), a mid-range (Caudalie -overnight detox oil- so calming and clean smelling – I love this one, it’s $50) and a super affordable one (The Ordinary – rose hip seed oil – works great and is under $10). I also like another mid-range one by Drunk Elephant.
- Apply night moisturizer: Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Cream or Aveda Wedding Masque Cream
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I’d love to hear from you in the comments: have you ever experienced super dry skin? Have you tried any of these products and do you love them as much as I do?
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