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The Perfect Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin


Ever feel like your skin is sandpaper? Dry skin can be super uncomfortable – and look totally lacklustre. If an uninspired visage is staring back at you in the mirror, dry skin may be the culprit. Moisture is what dry skin needs, and lots of it! So how do you get it? Short of changing your genetics, a natural skin care routine for dry skin is an easy way to quench your skin’s thirst. 

What Is Dry Skin?  

Dry skin tends to produce less oil than other skin types. It might sound strange, but we actually want our skin to produce oil (sebum). It’s this natural oil which helps to moisturise and protect our skin. It forms a barrier against external pollutants. Without this protective substance, we’re susceptible to free radical damage, and fine lines and wrinkles can start to appear. 

What Causes Dry Skin?  

Dry skin is often genetic, but it can also be caused by other factors. Hot baths and showers, and chlorinated swimming pools, can strip your skin of precious oil. Harsh skincare products are also a common culprit. Seasonal changes can leach skin of moisture, which is why special skin care for winter or summer can be a wise idea. You might find that your skin gets drier as you get older. That’s because your skin naturally produces less oil as you age. But rest assured – dry skin can affect anyone, of any age. 

How To Tell If You Have Dry Skin 

If your skin feels tight, rough, itchy, or flaky, chances are you have dry skin. Dry skin can be prone to showing redness and fine lines. Dry skin can also be associated with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. We recommend you seek advice from a doctor or dermatologist.  

The Best Dry Skin Care Routine  

Moisture, moisture, moisture! Dry skin needs products that carry moisture in spades. The ultimate skin care routine for dry skin uses natural products to drench skin in moisture. Then, it’s about locking that moisture into the skin so that skin feels dewy all day. 100% natural skincare products do all that and more. They deliver pure, antioxidant-rich ingredients to your skin’s surface.  

Step 1: Cleanse with a nourishing face wash  

Start with a creamy cleanser with nourishing ingredients, such as Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser & Makeup Remover. The avocado oil base is rich in antioxidants. It not only removes impurities but leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated. The nourishing oils in this creamy face cleanser include carrot seed oil, jojoba oil, and macadamia nut oil. Working together, they help to replenish skin’s natural moisture.  

Step 2: Quench thirsty skin with a serum for dry skin 

Water serums are easily absorbed by the skin. They penetrate the epidermis (the top layer of skin) and grant your skin an immediate water boost. Hosanna H2O Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum is an excellent option for dry skin. Mineral-rich water from New Zealand’s ancient Waiwera spring provides pure hydration for skin. We also use extract of mamaku black fern, an iconic symbol of New Zealand nature. Mamaku black fern contains glycosides, which are natural sugars. This bioactive extra is an amazing ingredient in skincare because it potentially contributes to skin renewal. The result: plumped, youthful skin. 

Step 3: Moisturise with a water gel  

All steps in a dry skincare routine are important. But a moisturiser for dry skin is critical. Moisturisers, face creams, and water gels help to seal the skin and trap all that good moisture inside. High-performing water gels like Baptise H2O Ultra-Hydrating Water Gel are legendary in the skincare world because they’re thirst-quenching without heaviness or oiliness. And yet, Baptise performs like a traditional face cream by locking moisture into the skin. It’s thanks to plant-based hyaluronic acid and New Zealand manuka honey. These 100% natural ingredients hold moisture because they’re natural humectants. Like a drink of water for your skinApplied after a hydrating serum, a water gel ensures that your skin feels plump and dewy all day.

Step 4: Sleep in a moisturising cream 

Don’t neglect your night routine. A day facing the elements can spell dryness for skin. Night-time is a chance to restore much-needed nourishment to your visage. A rich night cream like Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream provides moisture to your skin while you sleep. 

Related: The Skin Benefits of Avocado Oil

The anti-ageing night cream has a powerful hero ingredient. It uses nutrient-rich avocado oil, grown in New Zealand’s sun-drenched North Island. Avocado oil is full of Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that may be effective at reducing UV damage in skin. The moisturising night cream has scientific backing, too. It’s clinically proven to reduce skin dryness by up to 85%* – making it great skin care for winter, when humidity levels are lower. 


For dry skin, there’s no such thing as too much moisture. The perfect skincare routine for dry skin should focus on delivering intense moisture to skin. It should also include products that lock in moisture – so your face feels dewy and plumped, all day. The best products contain natural ingredients in intelligent formulations, validated by science.  

Say goodbye to sandpaper skin and explore the Antipodes® range for dry skin.

*Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream: Clinically shown to reduce wrinkle depth by 22%, reduce skin roughness by 34%, and reduce dryness by 85.7%: Eight-week independent clinical studies involving 10 women (2012). 



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