Oily skin might be a handful, but dry skin? That’s a whole other skincare conundrum altogether. And if you’re looking for a quick fix for a flaky face, we regret to say that we have yet to find one (sigh). That said, there are ways to improve the condition of your dehydrated skin type. By avoiding these 5 dry skin mistakes, we guarantee you’ll see a marked improvement in your complexion.


A powerful cleanser may seem like the best way to get squeaky clean. But using one that’s too harsh can actually exacerbate dryness. Extra potent formulas can strip away natural oils, deplete moisture, and irritate your face.

THE FIX: First, opt for a gentle cream or oil-based cleanser, specifically one suited for dry or sensitive skin. These specialty cleansers wash away dirt, oil, and day-old makeup without stripping your skin bare. Second, when cleansing, lightly massage your face using your fingertips. Never scrub hard!

TRY: Human Nature Hydrating Creamy Facial Wash, P200, COSRX Good Morning Gel Cleanser, P540


Toners that contain alcohol aren’t the most ideal for dry skin. Why? Alcohol aggressively strips your dry skin, robbing it of the moisture it desperately needs. Even worse, alcohol can disrupt your natural skin barrier—which results in even drier skin.

THE FIX: Not only should you switch to an alcohol-free formula, you might also want to try a toner-essence. In addition to removing pore buildup that irritates the skin, a toner-essence gives you an instant boost of hydration. You can actually feel the difference between this and a regular liquid toner.

TRY: Dear Klairs Supple Prep Facial Toner, P880, Benton Snail Bee Content Essence, P900


Not all moisturizers are made equal, especially when it comes to managing dry skin. Lightweight formulas either fail to penetrate the skin fully or evaporate before they can deliver any substantial moisture.

THE FIX: Opt for a rich, cream-based moisturizer and use it morning and night. You’ll want a formula with hydration-boosting ingredients like ceramides and lipids. These emollients create a shield over your skin, thus preventing moisture loss.

TRY: Dewyree 7 Cut Facial Cream, P1,399, Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream, P2,598


You already know that over-exfoliating is bad for any skin type. When it comes to dry skin, however, under-exfoliating can be an issue as well. Infrequent exfoliation will leave a layer of dead skin cells over the surface of your face. And when this happens, your moisturizer can’t penetrate your skin thoroughly, thus decreasing its effectiveness.

THE FIX: Although you shouldn’t exfoliate daily, you do need to commit to it twice a week. Use a non-abrasive exfoliant like peeling gels and pads. These kinds of exfoliants remove dead skin buildup and surface grime with a delicate touch. Better still, the healthy skin underneath it will be spared.

TRY: DewyTree Nature Source Peeling Gel, P689, COSRX One Step Moisture Up Pad, P900


This is a huge no-no for dry skin types. In fact, it can be quite harmful! Because the skin does most of its repair work at night, not using a night cream will lead to increased moisture loss. Read: you’ll feel drier than ever when you wake up in the morning.

THE FIX: Use a night cream (also known as a “sleeping mask”) every single night. Look for hydrating ingredients like glycolipids, evening primrose oil, and hyaluronic acid. These all work beautifully to condition dry skin and repair any signs of damage.

TRY: Farmstay Grape Stem Cell Cream, P690, Pixi Nourishing Sleep Mask, P1,180

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