Why Is My Skin So Dry Even When I Moisturize?

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Does your skin feel dry even after following a daily moisturizing routine?

As frustrating as this can feel, you can try simple tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your skin care routine.

Do you find yourself asking, "Why is my skin so dry even when I moisturize?" If this is you, unknowingly, you may be making some mistakes that contribute to persistent skin dryness. Today, we are going to highlight these mistakes as well as some tips that can help you get comfortable, moisturized skin. But before that, let’s take a look at why moisturizing is important for your skin.

Reasons Why You Should Moisturize Your Skin Daily

It is vital for your skin’s health. Maintaining the right moisturizing routine can help your skin stay soft, supple and comfortable. Apart from the external appearance, a good moisturizer can enhance your skin’s health in the following ways:

Moisturizing protects your skin against environmental damage

When exposed to cold, dry air, your skin can turn chapped and extremely dry.  So, if you’re living in a colder area and spending a lot of time outside, there are more chances that you experience dry skin, itchy skin or flaky skin. In fact, many people refer to increased dryness during the cold months as winter skin. Moisturizing it regularly can help overcome this issue by replenishing the lost hydration from your skin barrier.

Moisturizing avoids premature aging

Moisturizing your skin regularly benefits you in the long term as it slows down the signs of aging. This is basically related to your skin barrier – the outermost layer of your skin that helps to maintain moisture levels. With age, your skin barrier becomes weak, meaning it won’t hold the moisture as it did before. But with regular moisturizing, you can preserve full and radiant-looking healthy skin.

Moisturizing helps to control skin conditions like eczema

Dry skin is one of the common things that can lead to a skin condition like eczema. Moisturizing after a shower can lock in the moisture and enhance your skin’s ability to act as a barrier to external elements. However, choosing the right type of moisturizer is important here. Avoid getting the ones that contain fragrance, alcohol and other such ingredients that can irritate your skin. It’s best to get a healthy moisturizer to get the most benefits out of it, and avoid a future skin problem.

Mistakes to Avoid to Keep Your Skin Moisturized

Mistake 1: You’re over-cleansing your skin

It’s good to keep your skin dirt-free but over-cleansing can be one of the major mistakes as it can irritate your skin further. If you cleanse frequently, it can take away the moisture and can disrupt your skin’s microbiome while killing some good bacteria. So, never over-cleanse your face.

Mistake 2: You’re using a harsh cleanser

If you’re using the wrong cleanser, even the best moisturizer won’t help in solving your dry skin issue. Most conventional cleansers tend to dry your skin as they are formulated with harsh ingredients. The best way to know is to keep a track of how you feel after cleansing your face. If your skin feels tight and squeaky, it’s time to change your cleanser. Opt for a gentle, hydrating and nourishing cleanser that can help replenish your skin's moisture. Remember, regardless of what your skin type is, you’re starting your skincare routine in the wrong way if the cleaner strips your skin. So, be cautious and find the right cleanser that suits your skin type.

Mistake 3: You’re not moisturizing your face immediately after washing it

Know that you need to moisturize your face at the right time. So, what is the right time? It is when your skin is already hydrated. Once you shower, your skin tends to evaporate water quickly, which can add to your dryness issue. A recommended way is to immediately apply a moisturizer after a shower. Additionally, avoid using hot or cold water, instead, use lukewarm water to retain the natural oils on your skin.

Mistake 4: You’re using the wrong moisturizer

It is vital to determine your skin type before purchasing any skincare product or else it can affect your skin’s health negatively. The same thing applies when you select a new moisturizer. If you have dry skin but are using a moisturizer suitable for an oily skin type, it won’t help the cause as dry skin requires a moisturizer that helps with hydration, nourishment and comfort upon application. It’s best to check the product label for the ingredients and choose the ones that can assist you to overcome dryness.

Mistake 5: You’re not exfoliating your face

Exfoliation is an important part of your skincare routine and should be done at least once a week. It’s totally up to you to choose the type of exfoliation. You can use chemical exfoliators that come with acids or enzymes or can resort to physical exfoliators like dry brushes and scrubs – whatever works best for you. Exfoliating will avoid the accumulation of dead skin cells and allow the moisturizers to further do their job of hydrating your skin.

Mistake 6: You’re mistaking dehydrated skin for dry skin

Sometimes, it’s dehydration that is making your skin feel dry. Although they might sound similar, dehydration and dry skin are two different things where the former lacks water and the latter lacks oil. Dehydrated skin is the result of not drinking enough liquids along with using harsh products that can take away the moisture of your skin.

Check out the characteristics of both these skin types to help you determine the difference between them:

Dry skin characteristics: Your skin will feel irritated, tight, scaly, and can even have red patches.

Dehydrated skin characteristics: Your skin is more itchy, dull, sunken, and you may also experience dark circles under your eyes.

So, if you have dehydrated skin, it is advisable to drink plenty of liquids, use gentle skincare products, and also purchase a humidifier that will externally help you to maintain the moisture in the surrounding air of your home.

Correct immediately if you’re doing any of the above mistakes. Also, get the most out of your skincare products and avoid dryness by following the below-mentioned tips.

Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Skin Moisturized and Avoid Dryness

Use a serum before moisturizing

Serums are great for not only boosting the moisturizing effect but also helping with other skin concerns like acne, discoloration and aging. They help in penetrating the moisturizer right into your pores. So, using one can enhance the moisturizing effect on your skin.

A moisturizing serum is also a great option.

Try a hydrating overnight mask for getting extra moisture

Studies have shown that your skin cells replicate and reproduce while you’re asleep. During this time, the overnight masks can help replenish as well as hydrate your skin which will, in turn, leave your skin soft, smooth and hydrated.

Avoid using too much moisturizer

You may be tempted to use moisturizer thinking that it will help you see better results. But applying more moisturizer can only add to your skin problems like clogged pores and blackheads. It’s advisable to use a small amount on cheeks, chin, and forehead and massage it gently in a way that it spreads evenly on your face.

Moisturize at the right time

The best time to moisturize your skin is after the shower. This will help in locking the moisture which will further prevent your skin from turning dry.


With the mistakes, tips and tricks mentioned above, you can avoid dry skin. Find the right moisturizer for your skin type and make that persistent dryness a thing of the past.

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