The 7-Day Skincare Challenge For Dry Skin

Having a never ending battle with your dry skin? It’s time for a challenge – let’s get hydrated.

Dry skin isn’t all the same, so in our 7 day skin challenge, we’re addressing three types of dry skin: extremely dry, dry/combination and dry/sensitive.

What Type Of Dry Skin Do I Have?

Extremely Dry: Your skin is flaky, rough, scaly and uncomfortable

Dry/Combination: You have some flaky patches, and oily through the T-Zone

Dry/Sensitive: Your skin may be scaly and uncomfortable and is often reactive & irritated

Day One

Extremely Dry:

Use a nourishing mask overnight for a boost of moisture. Try Aspect Hydrating Mask. You can continue to use this mask weekly, or whenever your skin needs additional hydration – Aspect’s Hydrating Mask can be left on the skin to soak in.

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Dry/Combination: 

Introduce an oil cleanser to remove excess oils without disrupting the skin’s natural barrier in dry areas. Try Cosmedix Purity Solution Deep Cleansing OilUse daily to remove makeup, dirt and excess oil.

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Dry/Sensitive:

Try a Hyaluronic Acid for no fuss hydration without irritation. Try Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster. You can use this product as often as you like to restore hydration to the skin, I recommend twice a day in the morning and at night.

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Day Two

Extremely Dry: 

Help to restore skin’s natural protective barrier by introducing a facial oil at night. Try massaging The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil into the skin, or mix it in with your usual moisturiser.

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Dry/Combination: 

Try a hydrating serum with Niacinamide to clear breakouts and regulate oil production while still hydrating the skin. Aspect Extreme B 17 will also increase the radiance of your skin.

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Dry/Sensitive: 

Soothe irritated or reactive skin with thermal water throughout the day as required – if your skin feels tight or uncomfortable, try La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.

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Day Three

Extremely Dry: 

Mist throughout the day, especially if you’re under heating or air conditioning to prevent moisture loss with Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist.

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Dry/Combination:

Introduce a hydrating, oil-free moisturiser to your routine (don’t be scared!). Try philosophy take a deep breath moisturiser. This oxygenating moisturiser restores and refreshes a dull, dry complexions.

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Dry/Sensitive: 

Try a moisturiser designed to repair your skin’s barrier without any irritants included. Avène Xeracalm AD Cream repairs, nourishes and protects the skin – it’s designed for very dry and dermatitis-prone skin types.

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Day Four

Extremely Dry: 

Focus on drinking water and boosting your electrolytes with coconut, and accelerate the skin’s barrier healing with aloe. Try The Beauty Chef Hydration Inner Beauty Boost in your daily smoothie.

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Dry/Combination: 

Use a mist to top up hydration levels throughout the day – this one has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Try Alpha-H Moisture Boosting Facial Mist.

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Dry/Sensitive: 

Switch to a calming, soothing cream cleanser to protect your skin. Try Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser. This mild cleanser removes excess impurities and oil without drying the skin. Gentle enough to be used several times daily, this non-irritating cleanser conditions, soothes, and calms sensitive skin.

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Day Five

Extremely Dry:

Use a super nourishing lip balm for dry, cracked or chapped lips. Try applying Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm whenever you feel you need additional hydration.

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Dry/Combination: 

Try lactic acid as a chemical exfoliant to purify the skin without stripping the surface (lactic acid pulls moisture into skin cells while exfoliating). Try The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%.

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Dry/Sensitive: 

Don’t forget your body – this soothing cream hydrates the skin while reducing itchiness caused by sensitivity or irritation. Try Uriage Keratosane 30 Cream-Gel.

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Day Six

Extremely Dry: 

Support the dehydrated eye area with an ultra rich cream, to reduce fine lines caused by dehydration. Try Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream.

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Dry/Combination: 

Try an eye gel as opposed to a cream to hydrate and soothe the area without being too rich or heavy for your skin type. Try Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Eye Gel.

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Dry/Sensitive: 

Find your hands get dry, cracked or irritated? Switch to a soap free, fragrance free hand wash in the bathroom. Try Billie Goat Hand & Body Wash.

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Day Seven

Extremely Dry: 

Now that the skin barrier is strengthened, gently remove dead skin cells to allow products to penetrate and hydrate better. Try Aspect Fruit Enzyme Mask once a week to manage your skin’s condition.

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Dry/Combination: 

Soothe and hydrate with coconut milk – this sheet mask is hydrating and naturally non-comedogenic. Try Lonvitalite C4 Coconut Milk Hydrating & Nourishing Sheet Mask.

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Dry/Sensitive: 

Try switching to a mineral makeup to reduce skin irritation – Jane Iredale’s mineral makeup is so gentle it can be applied directly after plastic surgery. It contains no irritants and is very gentle on sensitive skin. Try Jane Iredale PurePressed Minerals.

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Disclaimer: The 7-Day Skincare Challenge is not a prescription and should be considered as general advice only. Should you experience any irritation, stop using the product. If the irritation or reaction is persists, seek medical advice from a doctor or Dermatologist.