Skin Care for Dry Skin: The Official Clean Beauty Guide

skin care for dry skin

We have a complete guide to effective skin care for dry skin.  Read on to learn more. You'll find some important tips and tricks to help keep skin feeling comfortable and well hydrating for the coming months.

Natural Solutions for Dry Skin Care

It was suddenly very cool outside today.  With the onset of fall, and a hurricane effecting the weather patterns in the south, the temperatures dropped considerably.  These kinds of changes in seasons and weather events can cause skin to feel dry and sometimes even irritated, if dry enough.  This has been a problem through the ages, and if you're a skin care geek like me, you'll enjoy the interesting and sometimes weird ways people in history have tried to alleviate dry skin.  

A Brief History of Dry Skin and Beautifying Remedies Through the Ages

Ancient Egypt

Did you know that the first archaeological evidence of cosmetics is from Ancient Egypt roughly 6,000 years ago? But cosmetics weren’t just for aesthetics – they also protected the Ancient Egyptians from the elements, like the sun and insects. Makeup was also used to honor gods and goddesses. In terms of skincare, the Ancient Egyptians used castor, sesame, and moringa oils to fight dry skin and wrinkles. Ancient Egyptians also made a soap paste out of clay and olive oil to cleanse their skin. What is more, Egyptian women incorporated honey and milk masks into their beauty regimes to moisturize their skin, and they also took milk baths and used dead sea salts to exfoliate, rejuvenate, and heal their skin.

Ancient Greeks

In Ancient Greece, precious oils, perfumes, cosmetic powders, eye shadows, skin glosses, paints, beauty unguents, and hair dyes were in universal use. Ancient Greeks made their own skincare products using local, natural ingredients. One of the most widely used skincare treatments was mixing fresh berries with milk, and then applying the paste on the facial area. The Ancient Greeks also used olives and olive oil as exfoliants and moisturizers to combat dry skin. Lastly, honey along with milk and yogurt were used as anti-aging preparations.

Medieval Times

During the 12th century, cosmetics were regularly used in medieval Europe. Ointments consisted of animal fats, that were meant to hydrate dry skin. Smooth, white skin was highly regarded, and many women used herbal remedies to promote fair skin and diminish pimples. Aloe vera, rosemary, and cucumbers were used to cleanse the skin. Seeds, leaves, and flowers were also mixed with honey to create face masks, and vinegar was used as an astringent.


Women in the Renaissance period used silver mercury, lead, and chalk to color their faces. Most of the skin care practices were the same as the medieval period, and women primarily relied on herbs and honey to cleanse and rejuvenate their skin. Some other skin care remedies included using broom stalks to cleanse the skin and oatmeal boiled in vinegar to treat pimples. Bread soaked in rose water was also used to soothe puffy eyes and hydrate skin.

The Baroque Era

During the Baroque Era, women believed in saunas and sweat cleansing. Milk baths were also used for smoother more hydrated skin. Make up during this time was intended to look like paint, and heavy makeup was considered more respectable. Rouge was very popular, and in the 1780s, French women used two million pots of rogue per year. Women’s lips were reddened with distilled alcohol or vinegar.


Exercise, cleanliness, and skincare were all held in high regard during the 1800s. Zinc oxide was used to lighten skin, but often caused allergic reactions. Hygiene products became less expensive and more accessible. Harsh cleansers were often used as were egg yolks, honey and oatmeal to hydrate the skin and help diminish blemishes. Lemon juice was also used to naturally bleach the skin a few shades lighter. During this time, too, Chapstick, Vaseline, and baby powder were invented, all of which were used in skincare regimes.

8 Ultimate Skin Care Tips for Dry Skin

Choose a non sudsing cleanser. Foaming cleansers can be very drying if you tend to have dry skin, especially in the cooler months of the year.  Sodium laurel sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are the typical culprits in lathering cleansers that cause dry skin.

Replace powder cosmetics with creams and balms.  Powders can be a quick and beautiful way to complete your cosmetic look, but when you skin feels dry, they can settle in crevices and look dull.  They can’t offer any hydration benefits, so using creams and balms in the fall and winter months can lend a high level of hydration and make skin look healthy and supple.

Limit extremely hot baths and showers.  Hot water can strip the skin of natural oils that it needs to stay supple and healthy.  While it might feel wonderful to take a hot bath, you should limit these or eliminate them altogether, especially during the times of the year when skin tends to feel driest. 

It’s sounds elementary – but drink a lot of water.  You can keep dry skin at bay, from the inside out, by staying hydrated during the fall and winter.  While it’s always important to drink plenty of water, your skin may depend on it when the air is cold and harsh.

Adjust your laundry products for gentler formulas.  Reducing or eliminating detergents is important not just with skin care products, but also with your laundry care products.  These ingredients can irritate and dry skin, which is the last thing you want if you’re doing all these other things to try to keep skin hydrated.

Use a humidifier or place open containers of water in every room.  Air in our homes will naturally become drier during the fall and winter.  This can certainly make skin and hair feel dry.  If you notice static in your clothing, it’s a sure sign that the air in your home is too dry.  You can invest in a humidifier or do something as simple as setting open containers of water throughout your house to help keep the moisture levels healthy in your home.

Your morning skincare routine can look like your evening routine.  There’s no reason to save those highly moisturizing and hydrating products for nighttime.  You can enjoy them during the day and keep the moisture levels in your skin going all day long.  The only thing you should then add is a sunscreen, since typically nighttime skin care products do not offer sun protection.  Which leads us to our last top tip.

Continue to wear sunscreen.  If you’ve ever had a sunburn, you know how damaged and dry your skin can feel.  This added problem can make dry seasonal skin feel even worse.  You can still get a sunburn in the fall and winter months, so be sure to layer on the protection before your walk or run.

4 “Can’t Live Without” Ingredients for Dry Skin

Coconut oil.  There's growing science supporting the use of this plant fat as a topical skin soother. Recent research shows that extra virgin coconut oil suppresses some of the body's natural inflammatory agents while making the skin a better barrier. Many people love coconut oil products to help fight dry, itchy skin and skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.

Hyaluronic acid is your best friend.  One of the top ingredients to encourage healthy hydration for skin is hyaluronic acid.  While the name might sound harsh (acid), it’s not at all. Plant-based hyaluronic acid is extracted from microbial fermentation. 

Shea butter.  Derived from the nut of a shea tree, shea butter is an ingredient in many moisturizers. It can hydrate skin effectively because it's loaded with fatty acids.  These nutrients have a calming and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.

Vegetable-based glycerin.  Glycerin is super hydrating and helps lock in moisture to your skin.  Glycerin is an effective humectant and moisturizer, as it attracts water to the intercellular space of the skin, and protects the lipids of skin cells.

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