Having dry skin technically means lower levels of hydration in the skin, which may sometimes cause itching, flaking, or cracking. But the real challenge comes while putting on makeup and winters only make this tougher.

We bring to you the most popular and practicable 4 step skin care routine that will take not more than 20 minutes of your day.

Step 1: Cleanse

Washing your face removes make-up, dead skin cells, oil, dirt, and other types of pollutants from the skin of the face. This helps to unclog pores and prevent skin conditions such as acne. Hydrating, creamy & gentle face wash is better for dry skin. Products with Alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) improve skin moisture content while products with salicylic acid & benzoyl peroxide can be helpful for treating acne.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

Step 2: Tone

Toner is an essential step as it refreshes the skin & prevents excessive dryness. Alcohol-based toners can cause irritation to the skin. Try looking for products with natural ingredients like rosewater & aloe vera extract as they can give soothening effect to the skin. Tea tree oil infused products can help those fighting acne.  Another ingredient to look out for is Glycolic acid; it is the holy grail for exfoliation. Toners with high concentrations of glycolic acidare best suited to those with acne-prone skin.

Pixi Rose Tonic

Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Lavender Facial Toner

Step 3: Serum

Face serums are thinner than a traditional moisturizer and contain higher concentrations of active ingredients. Vitamin C serum protects your skin from the inflammation and damage caused by free radicals during the day, & also brightens the skin and helps in lightening dark spots over time.  Serum filled with hyaluronic acid, plumps up the skin and keeps it hydrated.

Olehenriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum

 L’Oréal Revitalift Derm Intensives Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Step 4: Moisturize

Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! This is the most crucial step of the skin care routine for people with dry skin. It hydrates the skin & prevents it from drying again while reducing appearance of lines & wrinkles. People prone to extreme dry skin should look for ingredients that prevent water loss and repair the skin’s moisture barrier. Products with Hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerine & Vitamin B will help soothe and calm dry, itchy, and irritated skin.

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel