Essentials for Dehydrated Skin

Just as the seasons change, so does my skin. My oily face slowly becomes more and more dehydrated as the weather becomes colder and lemme tell you, before I ever got really invested into skincare and understanding ingredients, I was a mess every winter season. I would scratch my flaky skin off in an effort to try and not look disgustingly gross but all I did was damage my skin more. Luckily, I started to research and learn more about skincare products and found products that actually help my skin stay hydrated both during the winter season and throughout the year – and I hope these will help you during the winter!


Krave Beauty Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser

$16 USD

This product is slowly growing to be a cult favorite that out-favorited the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser for me (I know!). It’s got a weirdly cool jam-like texture but leaves my face feel clean without that nasty tight feeling. Using a low pH cleanser like this one (it ranges from 5.0-6.0 depending on the batch!) won’t strip your skin of its essential moisture which is important if you’re trying to treat dehydrated skin. Your skin needs to retain its moisture no matter what your skin type is!

Klairs Supple Preparation Toner

$22 USD

I honestly didn’t think that more hydration would help my skin given how oily my skin can get. But I had heard so many good things about this toner I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy it. This was my first ever hydrating toner (and toner in general) and this tremendously helped my skin. It’s a no-frills toner that really just makes your skin feel so supple and plump after using it.Whether I swipe this on my skin using a cotton pad or pat it onto my face with my hands, this started the process of re-hydrating my skin. I’ll definitely be picking this up again once the winter season starts!


Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

($90 USD for 1 oz. OR $134 for 1.69 oz)

I actually don’t have the full size of this – I have a mini of this that came with the NightBright duo ($28 USD). While I definitely don’t recommend using an exfoliator on dehydrated skin right away, this is a good product to start out with (in my eyes) if your skin is feeling congested. Use caution when using this if this is your first time using a chemical exfoliator and listen to your skin during this time. I’ve used a variety of chemical exfoliators in my routine, but the TLC Framboos has, surprisingly, been the gentlest out of all of them! I definitely recommend starting slow with this one – once or twice a week – before building it up to every other night!

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Stratia Skin Liquid Gold

$24 USD

This moisturizer is another holy grail for me and I can’t wait to pick it up again! It’s light enough in texture that my skin doesn’t feel suffocated by it, layers well with other products (including other moisturizers) and is chalk full of so many amazing ingredients like niacinamide, rose hip seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, and other essential ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids that your skin needs. This brought my skin back to life and will definitely be making a comeback this winter season!


Herbivore Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil

$72 USD for 1.7 oz OR $26 USD for 0.3 oz

This is more of a general tip but use a facial oil! I’ve used Hemp Seed Oil, Rose Hip Seed Oil, this oil from Herbivore, and Drunk Elephant’s Luxury Marula Facial Oil and I’ve found that my skin reacts the best to the Lapis oil. I usually mix my oils into my moisturizer and only use them at night to help re-hydrate my face after being in the cold for so long. I will say that it takes a lot of time to find the right one for you and make sure you listen to your skin – if the current facial oil you’re using is too heavy, then ditch it to find another one. Although this is a newer product I’ve been digging into lately, the reason that I like the Lapis oil so much more than other facial oils I’ve used is because it contains azulene which is supposed to help soothe dry, irritated skin as well as reduce the appearance of redness and balance out your skin. This oil is perfect for an oily girl like me!

By all means, this isn’t a do-or-die list but these are some suggestions that I would like to pass on to you! Each of these has worked wonders on my skin and will most definitely be repurchased once California starts to cool down.