Have Dry Skin? Here's a Hydrating Skin-Care Routine That's Easy to Follow

  • Dry skin is one of the most common skin conditions.
  • From dermatologist-recommended products to editor favorites, these are the best hydrating skin-care products.
  • To help you keep your skin in check, we gathered an easy step-by-step routine to get rid of dry skin.

When it comes to building a proper skin-care routine, narrowing down your skin type - is it normal? Oily? Dry? - is just the beginning. Not everyone has access to dermatologists or aestheticians, and as much as we love getting product recommendations and skin-care advice from pros with the proper credentials, it's also worth noting that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to skin care. From dry and oily to normal and sensitive, everyone's skin type is unique. Achieving a healthy complexion means finding products that specifically work for you.

If you have dry skin, for example, that means it tends to lose moisture easily, creating rough, flaky patches year-round, regardless of the weather. You'll want to look for formulas that help maintain a healthy skin barrier through long-lasting hydration. That means you should choose products that are gentle and moisturizing but won't clog pores.

What Causes Dry Skin?

While some people are born with dry skin, sometimes the condition is caused by other factors including frequent bathing, using harsh soaps, or other medical conditions. One of the biggest reasons for dry skin is the weather. Dry skin is especially prevalent in the colder winter months. While the skin's natural oils are beneficial, they also act as a barrier of protection, trapping in essential moisture.

There are a ton of products out there made to treat a variety of skin concerns. If you're someone with dry skin trying to cut through all the noise, we're here to help.

Read on for our simple guide to creating a skin-care routine for dry skin.

- Additional reporting by Jessica Harrington, Kelsey Castañon, and Naomi Parris

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