What is the Best Skin Care for Dry Skin?
In my experience, finding the best skin care for dry skin and especially skin care products for women over 50 and beyond is not always easy, so I’m glad that friends introduced me to Mary Kay when I was in my 20s. Because my face has always been very dry, I found out that the best way to care for my skin was not using soap to avoid drying it. I will share how to keep your skin looking young even though it has a tendency to be dry. Moist and hydrated skin is the number one way to delay wrinkles so you will look younger at any age, even in your 50s and 60s, and beyond.
Since I do have dry skin on my face, my daily skin care regimen begins with a gentle cleansing. It has decreased the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to a remarkable degree. I’ve been told more than once because of my healthy skin that I look 10 or more years younger than I am. I will share with you the best anti-aging skin care for women, based on my personal experience.
IMPORTANT NOTE! This article is based upon my personal preferences for products that I use or have used. I am not a Mary Kay representative or a representative for any of the skin care products listed. I write about Mary Kay products because I have used the products, and they work well for me. The reader may have his or her own preferred products based on personal skin care requirements. Please do not use any of the recommended products if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients.
Best Skin Care for Dry Skin: Daily Routine
The following is a step by step routine to use in caring for your skin each day.
Before you begin, have the following items ready:
- A headband or barrettes to keep hair off your face.
- A clean washcloth.
- A sink or basin with access to hot tap water.
- Wash your hands.
Step 1: Cleansing
Please note that classic Formula 1 Gentle Cleansing Cream is discontinued and becoming harder to find. I recommend this product first because it is my favorite formulation and have used it for years. I found the best price on Ebay for this item. You may prefer a different product based on price and availability.
First thing in the morning, I use a gentle cleanser. Formula 1 Gentle Cleansing Cream is the best I have found. However, since Formula 1 Gentle Cleansing Cream is becoming very expensive to buy, another option is TimeWise Anti-Aging Cleanser 3-in-1 or Mary Kay Botanical Effects Hydrate Formula 1 for dry skin.
I apply the cleansing cream to my face and throat, being careful to apply light pressure and upward strokes to avoid pulling on facial skin, especially around the eyes. I then wash it off with a clean washcloth that has been soaked with warm tap water and squeezed dry. Again, I use gentle upward strokes to avoid pulling on fragile skin.
Step 2: Freshening
Please note that classic Formula 1 Hydrating Freshener is discontinued and is becoming harder to find. I recommend this because it is my favorite formulation and have used it for years. You may prefer a different product based on price and availability.
A hydrating freshener tightens, tones, and refreshes dry thirsty skin. Formula 1 Hydrating Freshener is great for removing all traces of makeup and grime that you may have missed in Step 1. Since Formula 1 Hydrating Freshener is becoming hard to find and is quite expensive, I now use Mary Kay Botanical Effects Freshen for dry and sensitive skin instead. Use a cotton ball lightly moistened with freshener and always use gentle upward strokes as you wipe off any excess cleanser. Pat gently and use care not to pull on the fragile skin around the eyes. (Some formulas are available with a spray mist.)
Is There a Good Alternative to Mary Kay Enriched Moisture Formula 1?
When on vacation, I had to search all over for a substitute for Mary Kay Moisturizing Cream. It’s not available anywhere anymore! And so I found Lacura Brand Anti-Wrinkle Face Day Cream with Bioflavonoid and Coenzyme Q10 in a local store at a very reasonable price. This product is not in stores in my area, so I order it on Ebay. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and moist all day long!
Step 3: Moisturizing
Please note that classic Enriched Moisturizer Formula 1, which is my favorite formulation is no longer available on Amazon. I have presented some comparable products that are still available.
Mary Kay Intense Moisturizing Cream (Dry Skin) 1.8 Oz (bottle is small)
Finally, I top off my dry skin care regimen with a good moisturizer to keep my skin moist all day. The method of applying any cream to your face is to use gentle upward, very light strokes, especially around your eyes. The skin around the eyes is very fragile so it’s important not to pull the skin when you apply moisturizer. The trick in applying moisturizer to the very fragile eye area is to use the tip of your ring finger. Use an outward stroke above the eye and an inward stroke (toward the bridge of your nose) under the eye. In this way, you will make a complete circle around your eye area as you apply moisturizer, and you won’t pull on fragile eye skin.
Step 4: Night Cream
Please note that classic Extra Emollient Night Cream may have been discontinued and is becoming harder to find. I recommend this because it is my favorite formulation and have used it for years. You may prefer a different product based on price and availability.
If you have extremely dry skin like I do, you will want to moisturize at bedtime, too. The best product that I have found is Extra Emollient Night Cream. This formula helps when your skin is extremely dehydrated. Since the consistency can be quite thick, especially in cold weather, I have found that, if you wet your fingers with warm water it makes application easier. If I’m using this formula at night before bed, I like to keep my hair off my face with a headband. Again, always use gentle pressure to avoid stretching your facial skin. Sometimes, I even use the extra emollient night cream as a daytime moisturizer, allow it to soak into my skin, and then remove it gently with a warm washcloth.
Remember to protect the skin on your neck! The skin on your neck and throat is just as important as the skin on your face. During your skin care regimen, remember to apply cleanser, freshener, moisturizer AND sunscreen to the neck, throat, and even your decolletage regions, which are particularly susceptible to sun damage.
Step 5: Sun Protection
Prevent sun damage to your skin! This is a major component to keep your skin looking young. There are many sunscreens on the market but I prefer one with a high SPF (sun protection factor), of 70 or more. I have had the bad experience of an allergic breakout when I mix sunscreen and my other facial products, particularly those with the little granules in them. Luckily, I have found a product that doesn’t cause a bad reaction for me, Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 110. This is thicker and offers a lot of protection if you are going to be out in the sunlight for an extended period. (Remember to reapply if you sweat a lot or go into the water.)
Another favorite sunscreen that is light and sheer and good for daily use, even under makeup, is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF 70.
I often have to be reminded to put on my sunscreen, but these products are easy to use and easy to apply and help prevent wrinkles and dark spots in the long run, so it’s really worthwhile to remember.
New Botanical Effects Skin Care for Dry Skin
Mary Kay’s Botanical Effects skin care products are my new favorite whenever I have a hard time finding Mary Kay classic formula because they are light, not greasy, and sourced from natural botanicals.
Since my article is directed at women who have dry skin like me, I have not yet mentioned other skin types. However, there is a range of products made by Mary Kay for various needs: Formula 1 is for dry skin. For mixed dry/oily skin, search for Formula 2, and for oily skin, use Formula 3 to find what will work best for your particular skin type and skin care regimen.
To have the best skin care for dry skin, especially skin care for older women like me, I’ve found that these products work well to help maintain healthy young skin to keep you looking younger at any age.