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19 Jun

Self-Isolation Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

Being in this period of self-isolation is a blessing in disguise for your skin. Not leaving the house means you can let your skin breathe and give it a break from your usual everyday makeup routine. 

Due to the level of uncertainty we have around what is happening in the world currently, it can cause a lot of stress, which can often be shown through your skin. Amongst the chaos, it is important to still carry out a daily skincare routine, to help keep yourself in a routine and give your skin some TLC 

I have dry, sensitive skin and this routine works wonders for me. If you’re looking for products to target these problem areas, then keep on reading for my recommendations…  

Step 1: Cleanse 

I use a cleansing balm or oil to remove my makeup. I feel like this is a great product for dry skin because it adds oil and moisture to the skin, whereas a foaming cleanser strips that away. Oil-based cleansers are also great for melting away the makeup you have had on for countless hours, without being too harsh on the skin. I take a small amount of the balm (too much can make it hard to wash it all off!) and rub it in my hands until the balm has melted into an oil consistency. I apply to my face in small circular motions to ensure I have covered every area, before washing it off with a warm flannel. When using an oil-based cleanser, it’s always important to go in with a milky formula after, to ensure that the oil residue isn’t trapped in your pores.  


Some of my favourites are: 

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover  

Monuskin Cleansing Balm (amazing skincare from the Cohorted x MONUskin February Beauty Box) 

Dermalogica Pre Cleanse  

Step 2: Exfoliate  

I tend to use a chemical exfoliant as opposed to a physical exfoliant; A physical exfoliant is the traditional type of scrub exfoliator, with small beads or grains in. While these may feel like they are scrubbing all the dead skin from your face, its been found that these can actually be more harmful to your skin, causing small tears. Enzyme exfoliators are also great for sensitive skin, but just aren’t as strong as a chemical one! The Pixi Glow Tonic Cleanser is formulated with Glycolic Acid, known to penetrate the dead cells on the surface layers of the skin. I take the tonic on a cotton pad and swipe it all around my face to ensure I have exfoliated everywhere (of course being sure to avoid the eye area and any broken skin!). This can sting for a little bit, but it means the magic is working. Always ensure you wear products with SPF after using acid-based products.  


Some of my favourites are: 

Pixi Glow Tonic 

Tatcha The Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder 

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads 

Step 3: Tone 

The next step is a toner, to add a burst of hydration back into my skin and balance out my skin pH. I feel like a lot of people overlook the use of a toner, but it is always necessary in a skincare routine. After cleansing and exfoliating, your skin will feel so dry because it has been stripped of its natural oils. A toner helps to re-hydrate the skin and balances the natural pH level. It also helps to prep the skin properly, to absorb your skincare products fully – so all that money you have spent soaks straight into your skin. Again, I put some toner onto a cotton pad and sweep it all over my face. Unlike the exfoliator, I tend to quickly swipe the toner over my eyelids as this makes me feel more refreshed. 


Some of my favourites are:  

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic 

Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner 

Step 4: Moisturise!!! 

This is my favourite and one of the most important steps, especially if you have dry skin. I split this into 3 different areas… eyes, lips and face.  

Firstly, I always use an eye cream, day and night. A lot of people skip this step, but I think this is the most important. The skin around your eyes is much more sensitive and delicate than the rest of your face, so using your facial moisturiser just won’t cut it. Fun hack: you can also use eye products on your lips too!  

My fave eye creams: 

Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado 

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue 


Secondly, facial moisturiser. This is my favourite step because I love seeing the instant hit of moisture in my skin. During the self-isolation period, you could also moisturise throughout the day when you feel like your skin is getting dry to prevent any dry patches of skin. Another tip is if your skin is feeling particularly dry, apply a thick layer of moisturiser just before you go to bed (almost like a face mask) and then it will all soak in overnight! A moisturiser helps to lock in the natural oils and hydrates the skin.  

My fave moisturisers:  

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser 

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream  

Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator 


Finally, to finish off my daily skincare routine, I apply lip balm. Again, this sounds like a trivial step but there is nothing worse and more uncomfortable than dry, chapped lips! Any lip balm is perfect!  

My fave lip balms:  

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm (I promise it’s for your lips haha 

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Nourishing Lip Balm 

Lily Hall

I’m Lily, a 20 year old Fashion student based in the north of England. My main obsession is fashion and styling (hence the degree choice) alongside a bit of beauty, skincare and lifestyle. Oh, and dogs! Make sure to follow my Instagram to see more of me…

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