These past couple of weeks have been murder on my skin with this so called "Pollen Tsunami" and the change in weather. My skin's been drier than it was all winter, which is incredibly annoying. Though in fairness, I had a humidifier all winter and that helped. If you don't have a humidifier, get one NOW. It makes a world of difference for your skin. I got rid of mine when I moved in April, but clearly I need to replace it ASAP.
The first thing we have to talk about when discussing dry skin is how we can heal it from the inside out. I am completely obsessed with hydrating, much to the chagrin of anyone who has ever had to take a road trip with me and put up with my incessant bathroom breaks. I am perpetually convinced that I'm dehydrated - like, I panic about it on the regular - and obviously this is never the case. Drinking plenty of water is key to maintaining hydrated and healthy skin. It improves the elasticity of your skin, which prevents wrinkles, as well as contributing to keeping dry skin at bay. I find that it helps to always carry a re-useable water bottle. I love this one, but I've just been using an old glass milk bottle with a charcoal stick in it for the past few months. Foods like avocado, sweet potatoes, fish or fish oil, leafy greens, nuts (barf), and water-dense tropical fruits such as pineapple, berries, and grapefruit are all really great for improving the quality of dry skin.
Right now I'm using two moisturizers on my face, one for day and another for night. During the day, I'm using Glossier Priming Moisturizer. I have always had real issues with finding a moisturizer to wear under my makeup that doesn't feel greasy, and this one is absolutely wonderful. It seems no matter how much I slather all over my skin, I never feel greasy or shiny. It absorbs quickly so I don't have to sit around waiting for it to settle into my skin before I put on the rest of my makeup. It also helps to calm redness and is build-able. So sometimes I wait for it to absorb and then pat a little more around the corners of my nose where I have redness or on my forehead where I can tend to be a bit drier.
At night, I'm using Lush Celestial Moisturizer. When I first got this one, I had a hard time wearing it during the humid summer days because it was just too heavy to wear under my makeup. BUT, my skin looked amazing. The combination of the humidity with this creamy moisturizer really did wonders for my skin. Which is why I switched this from a day time moisturizer to a nighttime one. This way, I can slather it on before bed and let it do it's thing. It settles in overnight, and I don't have to worry about my makeup melting off during the course of the day. It has really gentle ingredients that are perfect for sensitive skin. But if you have oily skin, this may be too heavy for you. This particular moisturizer works best with normal/combination or dry skin.
You'll notice neither of these moisturizers has SPF. In a perfect world, I would rather that my daytime moisturizer had SPF. Word on the street is that Glossier is working on a PrIming Moisturizer that has SPF, so my fingers are crossed for that happening soon. In the past I've used this moisturizer, and didn't find it to be overly greasy or heavy, as so many moisturizers with SPF can be. So for now, I'll just keep piling my Supergoop on under my makeup!