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When it comes to building a proper skin-care routine, narrowing down your skin type — is it normal? Oily? Dry? — is just the beginning. Not everyone has access to dermatologists or aestheticians, and as much as we love getting product recommendations and skin-care advice from pros with the proper credentials, it’s also worth noting that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to skin care. Achieving a healthy complexion means finding products made specifically for your skin type.
If you have dry skin, for example, that means it tends to lose moisture easily — creating rough, flaky patches year-round — and you want to look for formulas that help maintain a healthy skin barrier through long-lasting hydration. That means you should choose products that are gentle and moisturizing but won’t clog pores from all the extra emollience.
Of course, there are a ton of products out there made for all kinds of skin concerns, so if you’re someone with dry skin trying to cut through all the noise, we’re here to help. Read ahead for our simple guide to creating a skin-care routine for dry skin.
— Additional reporting by Jessica Harrington and Kelsey Castañon