Cleanse with warm water
Hot water plus dry sensitive skin equals increased irritation. Try washing your face with lukewarm water to comfort your skin as you cleanse. Make sure your cleanser is formulated with skin-kind ingredients, like glycerides and ceramides, which help skin retain moisture. Consider taking it down a few degrees in the shower or tub, too.
You may not see the sun, but it sure sees you. Sunscreen is an essential part of your skincare routine, year round, whether you have dry sensitive skin or not. The sun’s rays are equally as damaging in the winter as they are in the summer, especially if there’s snow on the ground. Reflective surfaces, like snow and ice, can multiply your UV exposure.
Up Your Hydration
Go ahead and up your water intake in the winter, but even more important is upping the amount of moisturizer you apply. Your dry sensitive skin is most likely the result of moisture loss from wind, cold air and dry indoor heat. Using a rich moisturizer, like our Replenishing Cream, and spraying Hyaluronic Hydrating Myst as needed throughout the day has proven to help dry sensitive skin recover.
You may gasp at the thought of using retinol on dry sensitive skin, but the truth is—your skin needs it. Retinol is known for boosting collagen and elastin to help smooth and firm skin, but it’s also a champ at speeding up cellular renewal. Retinol exfoliates dead, dry surface cells to reveal healthy new cells underneath. Retinol that’s pH optimized, like our 4 Levels, does not cause sensitivity so dry sensitive skin can use it nightly without fear of irritation.
Get Some Sleep
At night, while you’re sleeping, skin goes into repair mode, restoring and regenerating cells. This is the absolute best time to support your skin with products that contain vitamins A and C (the collagen boosters and cell renewers) to help rev-up repair and calm sensitivity associated with dry sensitive skin.