The 4-night protocol for more radiant skin

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The best skincare routine for dry skin

People often confuse dry skin and dehydrated skin because of their similar symptoms (pulling, redness, flaking…). However, it’s important to distinguish between them because they need different skincare products. Here’s our definition of dry skin, and our formulations to take care of this skin type.

Published December 19, 2022, by Stéphanie, Doctorate in Life and Health Sciences, — 6 min read

What is dry skin?

Dry skin is characterized by impaired cell cohesion, a shortage of Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF), and a deficiency in oil production. This leads to a lack of hydrolipidic film, meaning the skin is exposed to external irritants, which causes water loss. Dry skin can be identified by a pulling sensation, skin that feels tight and uncomfortable, a “crocodile skin” effect, flaking, tingling, redness, irritation, cracking, a dull complexion, and skin that looks rough, thin, or lacks flexibility.

Be careful not to mix up dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is lacking lipids, whereas dehydrated skin, per its name, is lacking water.

Which skincare routine to look after dry skin?

We advise you to choose products that are enriched with hydrating and lipid-replenishing ingredients (hyaluronic acid, ceramides, squalane, botanical oils, vegetable butters, etc…). Here are the different steps you should follow to look after your dry skin:

Step 1: Properly cleanse your skin

In the evening, start your skincare routine with our 7-ingredient cleansing oil, whose soothing texture will leave your skin feeling comfortable, and will remove your makeup and impurities without irritating your skin. It contains sweet almond oil, rich in omega-9, so helps to soften and nourish your skin. If you prefer a texture that transforms from balm to oil, then milk, try our makeup remover balm with camelia oil. It will gently remove your face and eye makeup to leave your skin supple, soft, and comfortable.

In the morning and evening, try a gentle cleanser like our hydrating cleansing bar with palmarosa. It’s made via cold saponification, a process which allows the vegetable oils it contains to keep their lipid-replenishing and soothing properties. If you prefer a cleansing balm, our formula with camelia oil will gently cleanse your eyes and face. Its texture transforms from balm to oil, then milk, and leaves your skin supple, soft, and comfortable.

You can complete this step with our hydrating toner, to rebalance your skin’s pH while getting rid of any limescale residue. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera to help hydrate your skin and reduce any pulling sensations. Only after completing these steps can you move on to targeted products for anti-dryness.

Step 2: Replenish your lipids

It’s important to deeply nourish your skin in both morning and evening. Try our nourishing serum with olive squalane, enriched with lipids to help repair your skin’s hydrolipidic barrier and limit water loss.

Step 3: Exfoliate and nourish your skin weekly

For all skin typologies, dead skin cells build up on the skin’s surface and require regular exfoliation to get rid of them. Build a weekly gentle exfoliation into your skincare routine, using our regenerating face scrub with olive squalane. It’ll gently remove flakes and dead cells to help your skin better respond to any other products you use, and will also help to repair its natural barrier.

If you prefer to avoid a grain-based scrub, you could try our gentle peeling serum with lactic acid. It’s less abrasive than glycolic acid, so is likely to be less harsh on your skin and an excellent alternative for those whose skin doesn’t tolerate products containing glycolic acid. Lactic acid has a greater molecular size than glycolic acid, so doesn’t penetrate as deeply into your skin and so is less likely to cause irritation.

Please note! Use our peeling serum with lactic acid in the evenings only (it can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun) and do not rinse.

Step 4: Always protect your skin from UV rays

UV rays can dry out your skin. Our sun protection creams with SPF30 or SPF50 help to prevent photoaging thanks to their mineral and organic filters which offer broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. They’re also enriched with aloe vera, karanja oil and hyaluronic acid from fermented wheat. The blend of these three ingredients helps to prevent photoaging whilst maintaining skin hydration.

Bonus: Our sun protection creams have a light, non-sticky and non-shiny texture that doesn’t leave white marks. We recommend regular application, around every two hours, when you’re exposed to the sun (when you’re out walking, at the beach, etc…).

Soothe dry lips

Our tinted lip balm and 9-ingredient lip balm work together to keep your lips hydrated. Our tinted lip balm helps to nourish and lightly color your lips throughout the day, while our 9-ingredient lip balm repairs your lips during the night.

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