How to Care for Dry, Sensitive Skin

April 16, 2019

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 routine.

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; her post will discuss tips for 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!

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

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What is Dry, Sensitive Skin?

How can you tell if you have dry, sensitive skin? Here are some characteristics:

  • Your face may feel tight after cleansing
  • Itchy skin + flaky patches
  • Your skin doesn’t react well to fragrances
  • Your skin reacts negatively to most products
  • May have flare-ups of red, itchy skin

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

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I wash my face twice daily with a gentle cleanser. For dry, sensitive skin, I recommend looking for cleansers with nourishing ingredients that’ll remove dirt + oils while providing moisture.

Here is what my morning routine looks like:

  • Wash my face for 60-seconds
  • Follow-up with a hydrating toner
  • Apply a facial oil and/or moisturizer
  • Use a sunscreen with SPF 30

Make sure you cleanse using warm water and massage the product into your face for at least 60 seconds. Once I started taking my time with this step, I saw a difference in the overall appearance of my skin.

Related Post: The Best 6 Face Cleansers for Sensitive Skin

Check Your Ingredients

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

Here are some ingredients to avoid:

  • Sulfates
  • Fragrances
  • Mineral Oil
  • Parabens
  • Alcohol

Some of my favorite ingredients to look for are Aloe Vera, Rosewater, Rosehip Oil, and Green Tea. They provide moisture + soothing properties that’ll leave your face feeling soft and refreshed.

Stay Moisturized!

Since dry, sensitive skin is prone to itchy and flaky patches, having a good quality moisturizer is essential and will help combat those concerns.

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 keep your skin hydrated!

Related Post: 6 Best Body Moisturizers and Creams for Dry Skin

Be Careful When Switching Products

It’s easy to become a product junkie when you see many skincare products you want to try. You may think using a lot of products will bring faster results, but that’s not true!

When it comes to caring for dry, sensitive skin, you have to be careful with the products you use. The worst thing you can do is use a bunch of products, have a bad reaction, and then not be able to pinpoint where it came from. 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.
  • Do a patch test before using it all over your face.
  • Use the product for at least 2 weeks to see how well it works.

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 product.

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

Following these 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 good-quality products for your skin type, and then you’ll start seeing changes!

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  • 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.

  • Reply Malik February 1, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    This Article for those who have sensitive dry skin. I have also dry skin and this article is very informative for me.

    • Reply Madisen February 3, 2021 at 1:09 am

      I’m glad to hear that it’s informative! Thanks for reading.

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