Beauty Skincare

How to Care for Dry, Sensitive Skin

April 16, 2019
How to moisturize dry, sensitive skin

Do you have dry, sensitive skin and are looking for ways to properly care for it?

As a woman who has dealt with dry, sensitive skin her entire life, I can honestly say it can become frustrating at times. Maintaining healthy skin can be tough, especially for those of us with sensitive skin. We have to put in extra work and dedicate time to our skincare routine.

After many years of trial and error, I found tips that have helped me take control of my dry, sensitive skin and start achieving the results I’ve been looking for. I’m sure you want to do the same, which is why you’re here!

Before we begin, I want to announce that this is another collaboration post -woot woot-. I collaborated with Tiffany from Tiff of All Trades to provide you with tips on two different types of sensitive skin. My post will focus on how to care for dry, sensitive skin; Tiffany’s post will discuss tips for those with oily, sensitive skin.

Although we both have sensitive skin, we are dealing with different concerns and we want to share tips that have helped us so you can achieve your skin goals! Make sure you check out her blog post here and subscribe to her blog for more content!

Keep reading for tips on how to care for dry, sensitive skin:

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. For more details, see my privacy policy here.

Do I Have Dry, Sensitive Skin?

First of all, how can you tell if you have dry, sensitive skin? Here are some characteristics to look for:

  • Your face may feel tight after cleansing
  • Itchy skin with flaky, dry patches
  • Your skin doesn’t react well to fragrances
  • You have a hard time finding products since your skin reacts negatively to most (burning, stinging, and itching)
  • May have flare ups of red, itchy skin

If you have most of these characteristics, then you’ll want to dedicate extra care to your routine in order to protect your skin.

Related Post: The Guide to Finding Your Skin Type

Cleansing Dry, Sensitive Skin

I used to cleanse my face twice a day, and I always wondered why it would end up more irritated and dry. When I did some research, I found that most people with dry, sensitive skin focus on cleansing their face only at night. Once I started to incorporate that into my routine, I saw better results.

In the morning, you can simply take a washcloth, wipe your face, and then continue with the rest of your routine. If you properly cleanse your skin at night, then it shouldn’t be much buildup to remove the next morning. Here is my morning routine that works for my dry, sensitive skin:

  • Wet a warm wash cloth and wash my entire face
  • Use a hydrating toner
  • Apply a facial oil and/or moisturizer
  • Use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30

When you do wash your face at night, make sure you’re using a gentle cleanser that won’t leave your skin feeling dry, tight, or irritated. Also, use warm water when cleansing for the best results!

Related Post: Top Face Masks for Dry, Sensitive Skin

Check Your Ingredient Lists

Sensitive skin can react to many beauty products that contain certain ingredients. It’s important to read your labels before purchasing a product. This will ensure you avoid any skin irritation that can occur after using it in your routine.

Since sensitive skin can react to certain ingredients, it’s important to read your labels and invest in clean beauty products. Click To Tweet

Here are some ingredients to avoid in your beauty products:

  • Sulfates (this is important to avoid especially if you have dry, sensitive skin. This ingredient can cause more dryness)
  • Fragrances (sweet smelling products may cause a negative reaction)
  • Mineral Oil
  • Parabens
  • Alcohol (can also be drying to the skin)

Related Post: Five Tips to Follow When Creating a Skincare Routine

Some of my favorite ingredients to look for in my skincare products are Aloe Vera, Rosewater, Rosehip Oil, and Green Tea. These natural ingredients are perfect when caring for dry, sensitive skin. There are many other natural and/or organic ingredients that are beneficial for your skin type.

Stay Moisturized!

It's important to ensure your dry, sensitive skin is moisturized.

Maintaining a consistent skincare routine that includes keeping your skin moisturized is important, especially if you want healthy, clear skin. Since dry, sensitive skin is prone to itchy and dry, flaky patches, having a good quality moisturizer is essential and will help combat those concerns.

Using a good quality moisturizer is essential for dry, sensitive skin. It’ll help combat dry, itchy, flaky patches. Click To Tweet

There are many creams formulated for dry, sensitive skin and other natural alternatives you can use. I love using Shea and Mango Butter to moisturize my skin every morning and night. Also, using a facial serum that contains nourishing oils can ensure your skin stays moisturized and plump.

One of my favorite serums to use can be found below on Amazon. This serum contains Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid; perfect for those with dry, sensitive skin.

Be Careful When Switching Products

It’s easy to become a product junkie when you see so many cleansers, facial masks, and other skincare products you want to try. You may even think using a lot of products will bring faster results, but I’m here to tell you to stop that!

When it comes to caring for dry, sensitive skin, you have to be careful with the products you use on your face. You don’t want to use different products, have a bad reaction, and then not be able to pinpoint where it came from.

Try to stay consistent when creating a skincare routine. Of course there will be a time when you want to try something new; in this case, you want to follow these tips:

  • Introduce one new product at a time. If you have a reaction, you’ll know what caused it.
  • Do a patch test on the back of your wrist before using it on your face.
  • Use the product for at least 2 weeks to see how well it works, and then add another new product to your routine.

Yeah I know, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Sis, who has time for all of that?” However, these tips will ensure your skin continues to make progress. The last thing you want is to get knocked back to square one if you have a negative reaction to a new skincare product.

Related Post: Top Reasons Why Your Skin Isn’t Clear or Healthy

Following these beauty tips will help you to effectively care for your dry, sensitive skin.

Remember, nothing happens overnight! There are no miracle products or techniques that will provide instant results after 1-2 uses. You’ll have to stay consistent and use the right products for your skin type, and then you’ll start seeing the results you desire!

What beauty tips have worked for your dry, sensitive skin? Have you found products that work great for you?

Did you love this post? Share it on Pinterest!
Do you have dry, sensitive skin and aren't sure how to properly care for it? Here are some tips to follow so you can reach your skincare goals.
Subscribe to my email list below

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Aisha April 16, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Great collaboration and bomb tips! My skin is in between. My face use to get dry after washing but now I have a face washing routine that works. I use to never put oil on my face but I use a face serum for under my eyes for the crows feet (I’m older) and that seems to do the trick. Staying hydrated is a must as well. Great post you Ladies 💕

    • Reply Madisen April 18, 2019 at 1:07 am

      Thank you for reading sis! And that’s great! When I first started I thought my face was supposed to feel squeaky clean and dried out but that’s not the case. Ever since I changed my products and regimen I’ve seen amazing results.

  • Reply Sharon Beauzier April 18, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    These are great tips . I also have dry sensitive skin . So hard to find things I can use . And I needed a skin care routine . Also find my skin likes when I keep it simple

    • Reply Madisen April 18, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you for reading! Yes it’s difficult but I’ll have more posts coming up with products I use in my routine and hopefully that will help you! And simple is always best!

  • Reply Bri June 14, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    This post is exactly what I needed. I keep thinking washing my face twice for my skin type was too much. However I do workout so I’m not sure how I’m going to go about changing it up … any suggestions?

    • Reply Madisen June 14, 2019 at 4:10 pm

      If you workout then of course I understand you want to wash your face more often because of the sweat. You have to do what works best for you. If I were you I’d stick to twice a day but if your face is drying out then maybe find a more gentle cleanser to use.

    Leave a Reply