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For those with dry skin types, it is important to follow the right steps and incorporate products that can boost your skin’s moisture levels. Both dry and dehydrated skin types can be managed with a complete skincare routine for dry skin, despite their causes remaining different. Dry skin will usually appear when the outer layer of the skin does not produce or hold enough natural oil (sebum). Whilst dehydrated skin results from a lack of water content. To understand the needs of targeting dry and dehydrated skin for both the face and body, read CeraVe’s advice to achieve healthier-looking, softer, more balanced skin. 

What Causes Dry Skin?

There are individual causes for dry skin and it may worsen over time as the sebaceous gland’s natural functions decline with age. Natural oils, or sebum, are produced by the sebaceous gland to continuously moisturise and nourish the skin cells. When sebum production is hindered, the skin can become dry, flakey or sensitive as a result of a weakened skin barrier. The skin’s protective barrier is important for maintaining healthy-looking skin, by locking in moisture and protecting again harmful irritants. Minimise dry skin by avoiding external forces like changing climates, taking extended hot baths, and UV exposure as these factors can further weaken the skin’s barrier. Dry skin types can vary depending on your personal circumstances, so it’s important to always try to take note of how your skin reacts in different situations to better understand your triggers. 

Morning Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin

Start your day by giving dry skin the care it needs to face the daily elements. A morning skincare routine for dry and dehydrated skin should feature hydrating and deeply nourishing ingredients to balance the skin. 

1. Wash away impurities with a cleanser for dry skin

Dry and dehydrated skin types should incorporate a gentle facial cleanser that will not over-strip the skin of its oils or leave the face feeling tight. CeraVe offers a Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser that can wash away dirt, make-up and impurities to leave the face feeling visibly fresh and clean,whilst simultaneously hydrating the skin. Its unique texture changes from cream to foam for a gentle cleansing process.

2. Boost hydration with a serum for dry skin

To rebalance dry skin types, a serum for dry skin will provide deeper hydration into the skin to achieve a visibly healthier and softer appearance. To hydrate the skin cells, incorporate hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, a humectant molecule that attracts and retains one thousand times its weight in water. Moisturise and nourish your skin with the CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum which is formulated to create instantly softer, smoother skin. 

3. Incorporate a moisturiser for dry skin with SPF protection

It’s important to finish your morning skincare routine with a moisturiser with SPF protection as the sun is a key culprit for accelerating the skin’s ageing process and exacerbating dry skin symptoms. With dual functions, the CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 15 is an ideal moisturiser for dry skin and works to protect the skin against UV exposure.

Evening Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin

After facing a day against different environmental elements, an evening skincare routine for dry skin can rebalance your skin. Learn how to care for dry skin with these skincare steps.

1. Wash off makeup and build-ups with a cleanser for dry skin

Refresh the skin and wipe away all build ups collected throughout the day. Dry skin can be exposed to different irritants, pollutants and makeup, that is why it is important to start your evening routine with a cleanser for dry skin to ensure the face is clean and rebalanced. Choose the CeraVe Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser as it effectively cleanses the skin whilst providing hydration 

2. Reapply a serum for dry skin

Choosing a serum that is formulated specifically for dry skin is important to nourish and hydrate the skin. The CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains a high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid to boost the natural supply of humectants in the skin. It is best suited to people with dry to very dry skin.

3. Restore hydration with a moisturiser for dry skin

Applying an evening moisturiser will help strengthen the skin’s barrier and rebalance the skin after a day’s activities. The CeraVe PM Facial Moisturising Lotion provides deep hydration and nourishes the skin with ingredients like niacinamide (vitamin B3), a soothing antioxidant that works to visibly balance a dry complexion. 

4. Use an eye cream to reduce dark circles

Using a hydrating eye cream can target the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, as well as brightening the entire eye area. The CeraVe Eye Repair Cream has been tested by ophthalmologists, allergists and dermatologists to provide the most effective results. 

Body Care Routine for Dry Skin

Just as our face requires nourishing care, our bodies can also be prone to dry skin and require effective, nourishing skincare. 

1. Wash the body with a hydrating cleanser for dry skin

Those with dry skin should look for a hydrating cleanser that can simultaneously wash the body and hydrate the skin. Find a cleanser with nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid for hydration and three essential ceramides to help strengthen the skin’s barrier whilst cleansing. The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser can give your skin a boost of moisture whilst washing the body. 

2. Hydrate your body with a nourishing moisturiser for dry skin

It’s necessary to rehydrate the skin with a lotion for dry skin as the body is constantly exposed to different fabrics, irritants and environmental factors. Choose a body moisturiser that incorporates hydrating ingredients, like the CeraVe Moisturising Lotion which has a lightweight and oil-free formula that absorbs quickly into the skin.  

3. Use hand cream for softer hands

The hands are always working hard, constantly exposed to different climates, chemicals and materials. This results in the skin becoming dry when exposed to these external elements. Choose a nourishing hand cream to restore moisture and hydrate dry hands, by targeting dry and rough skin for visibly softer and stronger hands. CeraVe offers a Reparative Hand Cream to manage dry skin. 

4. Moisturise your feet with a hydrating cream

Due to the pressure of walking and standing all day, the feet can quickly become dry, cracked. Treat your dry feet with a hydrating foot cream to strengthen the skin’s barrier and encourage healthier-looking skin. The CeraVe Renewing SA Foot Cream is formulated with salicylic acid for smoother and softer feet. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid that gently encourages skin exfoliation, it can remove dry or dead skin on the feet for softer and healthier skin. 


A full skincare routine for dry skin types will manage rough and dry skin to achieve visibly softer and a more balanced complexion. Browse CeraVe’s range of dry skin products to find effective and affordable skincare today.

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