The Best Skincare Routine for Dry and Aging Skin

Dry skin showing signs of aging? Here's our ultimate anti-aging thirst-aid kit.

Find out what’s in our ultimate thirst-aid kit. The best day and night anti-aging skincare routine for dry skin recommended by our skin care experts. Free express shipping & Afterpay available.

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Creating the perfect skincare routine can be an overwhelming process and one that may involve many trials and tribulations. The important thing to remember is that hydration is the key to healthy skin and it’s never too early or too late to help prevent the signs of aging.

So to help you on your way to become the glowing goddess that we know you are, our beauty experts have put together a simple and easy to follow skin care routine for dry skin. Plus a few hot tips on what to look for when choosing products if you want to create a more personalised skin care routine.

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How Do I know If I Have a Dry Skin Type?

If you have dry skin than your skin probably feels tight after showering and can get flakey, itchy and red. Environmental factors play a big part in impacting your skin and if you live in the city then pollution is an arch nemesis when it comes to drying out and aging skin.

What Causes Dry Skin to Show First Signs of Aging?

As we get older our skin's natural oil, or sebum, production slows down so does the natural rate of exfoliation or cell turnover. During our late 20s, our skin stops producing as much collagen and this is when we start seeing early signs of aging such as dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. This means that your 20s is the perfect time to start taking your skin care routine a bit more seriously.

What is in a Simple Anti-Aging Skincare Routine for Dry Skin?

Morning Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

Wake up and cleanse with this gentle cleanser formulated for dry skin. Then apply serum to boost collagen, hydrate and brighten complexion. Follow with moisturiser to boost hydration and fight signs of aging. Lastly (and most importantly) apply sunscreen

Step 1: Gently Cleanse

Step 1: Gently Cleanse

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser is a light and milky cleanser formulated to gently cleanse the skin of impurities without stripping it of moisture. Perfect for those with irritated skin or those who commonly experience dryness and dehydration, this soothing cleanser will leave skin sort smooth and nourished. This non-greasy and pH balanced formula is enriched with antioxidants to help protect against environmental aggressors and minimise the loss of collagen. Start by washing face with warm water (if the water is too hot it will dry out and irritate your skin). Gently massage into damp skin for approx. 30 seconds. Wash off with warm water or damp face cloth then dry skin by gently patting with a clean towel or cotton pads (avoid rubbing as this can also irritate your skin).

  • Our Tip: the best cleansers for dry skin are gentle cleansing lotions or gels as these are better suited to dry or sensitive skin. Avoid foaming cleansers and cleansers that contain irritants such as sodium lauryl sulfate which strips skin of its natural protective layer.

Step 2. Apply Serum

Step 2. Apply Serum

Aspect Extreme C 20 is a unique formula containing Amino Peptides, stable Vitamin C, cellular antioxidants, corrective botanicals, and skin-energising extracts, is a perfect addition to your skin care routine. Vitamin C boosts collagen production to hydrate and brighten your skin tone and reduce the signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. This lightwieght and fast absorbing serum is ideal for those with dry or maturing skin as is works to hydrate and firm the skin for improved radiance. Apply a pea-sized amount to entire face and gently rub in an upwards, circular motion. Avoid the delicate eye contour. Allow a few minutes to absorb into skin before moisturising.

  • Our Tip: For those with dry skin, you'll want to look for formulas that contain hydrating factors such as Hyaluronic Acid. To help prevent signs of aging, you should be looking for products which contain Vitamin C and Retinoids which help to create a brighter complexion and reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.

Step 3: Moisturise

Step 3: Moisturise

asap ultimate hydration is ideal for those with dry, and dehydrated skin this nourishing formula improves skin tone, texture, and elasticity whilst hydrating and fighting obvious signs of aging. Containing key beneficial anti-aging ingredients Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Evening Primrose Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Shea Butter. Formulated to improve hydration, reduce the appearance of pigmentation, as well as working to plump, firm and lift the skin whilst protecting against environmental damage. Apply a over entire face and neck. Finish with SPF during your a.m. routine. Use as last step during your p.m. routine.

  • Our Tip: As our skin ages, our natural sebum production rate slows down which can lead to dryness and dehydration, so it's important to look out for moisturisers with hydrating ingredients. Nourishing oils such as Evening Primrose Oil and Shea Butter help compensate for the natural decline in your skins sebum production. Hyaluronic Acid works to absorb water deep into the surface of your skin and also helps to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Step 4: Sun Protection

Step 4: Sun Protection

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Cream SPF 50+ has a light and non-greasy formula. This SPF 50+ sunscreen feels comfortable on the skin while protecting from sun damage. Fragrance and paraben-free. Apply every morning and re-apply every 2 hours or where necessary. Allow 15-20 to absorb into skin.

  • Our Tip: One of the most crucial steps to help prevent early signs of aging is to protect your skin from harsh UVA and UVB (especially seeing as we deal with some of the harshest rays here in Australia). So it is vital you use sunsceen everyday. You may want to use a separate sunscreen and moisturiser, otherwise there a few moisturisers with SPF which can be used everyday. Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF50+ is another great moisturiser which contain SPF. It is formulated with a nourishing combination of Pomegranate Seed Oil and Mango Seed Butter to boost hydration, this unique formula is designed to substitute your morning moisturiser as it works to hydrate and protect at the same time.

Most moisturisers with sunscreen are usually not hydrating enough for dry skin so you want to look for formulas with hydrating factors such as Vitamin B & Vitamin E.

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Night Time Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

Your night time routine will look pretty similar to your morning routine with a few variations. While you can use some of the same products such as cleanser, these are a few extra recommendations from our skincare experts.

  1. 1. Cleanse
  2. 3. Facial Oil/Serum
    • Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate 30ml
  3. 4. Moisturise
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Step 1: Cleanse

Step 1: Cleanse

There’s no need for separate makeup remover, eye-makeup remover, cleanser, and toner when you have Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser for dry and sensitive skin. Those with dry skin may struggle to find cleansers that don’t strip skin of moisture. This cleanser has a rich and creamy formula to nourish skin and lock in hydration and promises to moisturise dry and sensitive skin while gently breaking down oil and makeup.

Our Tip: Although it's not always necessary to have a separate cleanser for morning and night, you may want to include one into your routine depending on your skins specific needs. For example if you are wearing a fair amount of make-up most days then you may want to invest in a separate night-time cleanser which helps to remove makeup.

Step 2: Gentle Toner

Step 2: Gentle Toner

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner unique milky formula is designed to be gentle on all skin types, while still working to refine the skins texture and cleanse the skin of remaining dirt, grime and makeup. Created with key beneficial ingredients such as Avocado Oil and Vitamin E, this alcohol-free toner will leave refine the skin texture and prepare it for moisturiser. Apply by using a cotton pad and gently dab onto dry skin, avoiding the areas around your eyes.

  • Our Tip: Toners assist in removing any excess traces of dirt in your skin as well as working to correct and refine the pH balance in your skin. When it comes to dry skin, you want to look for a hydrating toner with moisturising properties such as Vitamin E. You want to avoid toners that contain alcohols such as ethanol isopropyl alcohol.

Step 3: Facial Oil

Step 3: Facial Oil

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate lightweight, oil-based concentrate contains Evening Primrose Oil to help repair skin, Squalane to replenish the skins moisture barrier leaving skin soft and supple, plus added Lavender Essential Oil to soothe skin and even skin tone. The restoring serum is formulated to fight visible signs of aging by improving the skins elasticity and firmness. Apply 2-3 drops of facial serum on skin. Gently press fingertips to cheeks, forehead and chin to evenly distribute before massaging into skin. Can be worn alone or under moisturiser.

  • Our Tip: When it comes to creating the perfect skincare routine it is definitely worth splurging a little on a good quality serum. A little goes a long way as you only need to use a few drops at a time.

Step 4: Moisturise

Step 4: Moisturise

PCA Skin Collagen Hydrator is formulated for it's anti-ageing benefits for dry and mature skin types. Improves the texture of your skin and promotes collagen production for firmer skin. Hyaluronic acid and sodium PCA work together to bind moisture into the skin. Can be used as morning or night moisturiser.

  • Our Tip: Depending on your specific skin care needs, you may want to include a separate moisturiser for the night time into your skincare routine. If you choose to use the same moisturiser for mornings and night, it's important to remember to apply a sunscreen every morning after moisturising.

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  • And Remember: Drink plenty of water! Hydration is the key to healthy skin.