5 Frequent Mistakes People with Dry Skin Make in Their Skincare Routine

5 Frequent Mistakes People with Dry Skin Make in Their Skincare Routine

Dry skin can be a challenge to manage. While you may think your routine is on point, certain common mistakes can exacerbate dryness, leading to discomfort and irritation. Understanding these pitfalls and learning how to avoid them can transform your skin.

Using Harsh Cleansers

When choosing a facial cleanser, it’s essential to avoid ingredients that can strip your skin of moisture. Here are some ingredients to steer clear of:

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): This surfactant can cause skin irritation and dryness.
  • Mineral Oil or Petrolatum Derived Ingredients: These can create a barrier on the skin, potentially leading to congestion and dullness.
  • Isopropyl Myristate or Isopropyl Palmitate: These ingredients are known to clog pores.
  • Fragrance: Synthetic fragrances can be irritating for sensitive skin.
  • SD Alcohol 40: It can be drying for many skin types.

Buriti Oil Cleanser


Sensi Wash




Using a Moisturizer That’s Too Light

The "Oil free" moniker is not necessarily a good thing for dry skin. Oil-free moisturizers focus on water-based hydration, but they may not provide enough nourishment for dry skin. Dry skin needs both water and oil to stay adequately hydrated. Oil-free products may not deliver the necessary lipid barrier to prevent moisture evaporation.

Omega Sculpting Cream


Blue Butterfly Balm


Barrier Function

The skin’s barrier function is essential for protecting against external aggressors and maintaining hydration. Oil-free moisturizers may not strengthen this barrier effectively, leaving dry skin vulnerable to irritation, redness, and sensitivity.

Ignoring Internal Hydration

Hydrating from within is equally important. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to maintain overall skin health. Dehydrated skin tends to appear dull and dry.

Not Having a Complete AM and PM Routine

Having both an AM (morning) and PM (evening) skincare routine is essential for maintaining healthy and radiant skin. Let’s explore why each routine matters:

AM Routine

In the morning, your skin needs protection from environmental factors like UV rays, pollution, and free radicals. Applying sunscreen shields your skin from harmful sun exposure, preventing premature aging, sunburns, and skin damage. Applying skincare products in the morning ensures that they work effectively throughout the day. Serums, antioxidants, and moisturizers create a protective barrier and keep your skin hydrated.

PM Routine

At night, your skin repairs itself. An evening routine allows you to apply targeted treatments like serums, retinoids, and moisturizers. These products work overnight to repair, hydrate, and rejuvenate your skin. Nighttime is when your skin is most receptive to active ingredients. Using treatments like retinol, hyaluronic acid, or peptides during your PM routine maximizes their benefits. These ingredients address specific concerns like wrinkles, pigmentation, and collagen production.

Stem Cell Transformer


Omega Overnight Sculpting Mask


Using Aggressive Retinol Products

Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, has been a cornerstone in skincare routines due to its potent ability to fight wrinkles, improve texture, and promote a radiant complexion. However, its power comes with a caveat, especially for those with dry skin. A common misstep is the overzealous use of retinol products, which can lead to a trio of undesirable effects.

Peeling and Irritation

Excessive application can disrupt the skin's natural barrier, resulting in peeling, redness, and irritation. This not only causes discomfort but also compromises the skin's ability to retain moisture, leading to increased dryness.



Skin Thinning

There's a pervasive myth that retinol thins the skin. While retinol indeed accelerates cell turnover, incorrect use can damage the skin's structural integrity, making it appear older and accentuating fine lines and wrinkles.

Acne Breakouts

Although less common, some individuals may find themselves facing acne breakouts after introducing retinol into their regimen. These breakouts can add another layer of frustration for those already battling dry skin issues. Recognizing these potential pitfalls is crucial in tailoring a skincare approach that harnesses retinol's benefits without exacerbating dry skin conditions.

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