Skincare series: Dry skin survival kit

It’s time for the second article in my skincare series and today we will be tackling common issues with dry skin. I had oily skin throughout my teens and then, from the age of 21 (I’m 23 in a couple of months), my skin started getting drier. It’s even worse during the winter.

I have a very good skincare routine and that is an absolute must, especially if you wear make-up. Flaky skin does not look good under foundation and powder! It’s all about the prep.

Gentle facial cleanser

If you find that your regular cleanser makes your skin feel dry and tight then you might want to opt for a more gentle cleanser suitable for sensitive skin. Avoid cleansers that contain drying ingredients that will strip your skin of its natural oils.

I love Philosophy Purity cleanser at night because it takes off my face and eye make-up whilst simultaneously leaving my skin feeling soft and clean. Body Shop Aloe cream cleanser is a really good moisturising face wash (it doesn’t take off eye make-up).

Gentle exfoliator

Using a gentle exfoliator after cleansing your skin will slough away dead skin. However, face scrubs will sensitise your skin if used too frequently, leaving your skin even more dry and sensitive. I’d advise limiting the use of face scrubs to one or two times a week and forgoing strong exfoliators if you have sensitive and dry skin.

I love Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage, a mild enzymatic exfoliator that is suitable for all skin types. The nourishing balm turns into an oil as you massage it into your skin. It dissolves dead skin for a brighter complexion, but it doesn’t make your skin feel tight and dry.

Gentle toner

My favourite is Elemis Rehydrating Ginseng Toner because it makes my skin feel so refreshed and revitalised. It contains lots of amazing natural ingredients that are so good for my skin. Ginseng tones and refines the skin. Quillaja Wood clarifies and brightens. Glycerin hydrates.

Facial oil and/or serum

Now that you’ve cleansed and buffed the skin, apply a very small amount of facial oil and/or serum onto your skin. Dr Botanicals Hemp Bio-Vitality Nutrition Oilis a great option as it works to nourish and balance dehydrated skin. The oil also contains vitamins such as A, D and E as well as minerals that protect the skin from free radical damage.

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Face mask

If you feel the need to do a face mask but can’t be bothered with the hassle, then opt for a sleeping mask! I love Shiseido Waso sleeping mask because the gel like formula is so cooling and soothing. You simply use the little spatula to apply the gel all over your face and leave it on over night. Just wash your face as normal when you wake up in the morning!

Like with face scrubs, limit the use of face masks to one or two times a week.


For an additional layer of hydration apply moisturiser over serum. It is so important to not only look after the skin on your face, but also your neck and décolletage. Why? The neck and chest (also hands) are tell tale areas of ageing. You might look youthful, but these areas will rat you out.

You might want to swap out your regular light moisturiser for a more nourishing night-time moisturiser such as Dr Botanicals Hemp Stress Relaxing Antioxidant Night Moisturiser.

Also, don’t forget to apply SPF every day! I love REN Clean Screen Mineral face cream because it isn’t heavy or greasy and has a high SPF.

Eye cream

A thicker formula, like your regular moisturiser, is too heavy for your under eyes so opt for an eye cream. Simply use your ring finger to gently dab a small amount on the bone beneath your eyes. Use this day and night. My favourites are Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream and Liz Earle Eye Cream.


Before applying foundation you should use a primer. My skin is particularly dry around my nose and under my eyes so I love using Bare Minerals Good Hydrations primer because not only prolongs my foundation wear, it also provides my skin with extra hydration!

Dry skin can be an absolute pain the arse but, as I have shown you, there are ways to help you deal with it! What are some of your favourite products?

So that’s it for now! Stay tuned for the next post in my skincare series. If you have any questions then get in touch in the comments or find me on Instagram and Twitter @themayanirvana

Until next time,

Maya x