Easy, Minimal Skincare Regimes in 5-20 Minutes!
Does your face feel like the Sahara, smackbang in the middle of summer? Seriously flaky? ? Skin so tight even smiling’s a pain? Okay… maybe not that dry. But having dry skin ain’t fun. Here we’ll share the very best skincare routine for dry skin for EVERY schedule. So you can rock flawless, hydrated skin, powered by indie.
What You’ll Find
- A quiz to help you find out if you have dry skin
- Is my skin dry or dehydrated?
- Best supercharged ingredients for dry skin
- Choose your *easy peasy* dry skin care routine
- 5 Minute Dry Skin Care Routine
- 10 Minute Dry Skin Care Routine
- 20 Minute Dry Skin Care Routine
Whether it’s due to genetics, hormones or the weather, you know you’ve gotta get this dry skin bizzo under control before dry, flaky patches take over your entire face (we’ve been there).
You wanna kick dull skin to the curb. Plump up those cheeks. And generally flaunt skin that feels smooth, dewy and cared for. “Is that too much to freaking ask?” No, beauty, it’s not.
But here’s the dealio. You haven’t got 30+ minutes to make it happen. Sometimes you’ve only got 5 quick minutes, and if you’re lucky, 10. You need a simple and effective skincare routine. One packed with all the best products for dry skin. Get cozy and buckle in. Let’s meet your dry skin-loving beauty heroes.
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The best skincare routine for dry skin (for EVERY schedule)
We’ve pumped, whipped and *fingertip circled* together the perfect skin care routine for you.
Here at Little Indie Beauty, we’re all about simplicity. (Helloooo, only the Kardashians have time for hours upon hours in the bathroom!). So check it. Our simple skin care routine for dry skin, powered by indie beauty heroes, for ANY timeframe (seriously, 5 mins can be all it takes). First up, let’s make sure a dry skincare routine is for you.
Do I have dry skin?
Still wondering if your skin’s dry? Here’s a little quiz to make sure you’re in the right place.
Q1: After showering or swimming, my skin feels:A. Tight and bleugh
B. Bouncy and refreshed
Q2: On any given day (yes, even birthdays), my skin around my eyebrows, nose and mouth feels:A. Itchy and flaky
B. Silky and smooth
Q3: You’ve just cleansed your pretty face. Without applying any other products, after 30 minutes your skin feels:A. Parched (especially when you smile).
B. Shiny, especially on the nose and forehead
Drum roll, pleeease… The results are in!
Okay beauty, did you answer mostly A’s? If so, you most likely have dry skin. If you’re more a B gal, you sound more combination/oily (stay tuned for our personalised skincare routines for your skin type!).
The elements can be harsh on dry skin. Layer up your skincare for extra protection. Photo credit: Chris Slupski.
Dry Skin Factoid! “Is my skin dry or dehydrated?”
- Dehydrated skin lacks water
- Dry skin lacks oil (sebum)
How to tell the difference:
Pinch a small part of your cheek or chest between your thumb and index finger. Hold for 10 seconds. Does the skin spring back immediately? Or does it take a few moments to bounce back? Skin that doesn’t snap back quickly may be an indication that skin is dehydrated and not necessarily dry. *The more you know* [insert sparkle sound effect].
Best supercharged ingredients for dry skin
As a dry skin beauty, you’re prob checking beauty ingredients more than your phone (us too). Why? ‘Cos dry skin is also often sensitive AF. Here’s a cheat sheet with ingredients that are *best friends forever* with dry skin like yours.
- Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate – Biodegradable. Made from vegetable oils (like coconut) and found in the Blank Slate Cleanser.
- Kaolin Clay – As one of the mildest clays, Kaolin absorbs excess oil in the skin without stripping the essentials. The result? Neutral pH and silica dioxide keeps essential oils on the face (not washed away). Find kaolin in Speak’s Cleansing Powder.
- Hyaluronic Acid – the superhero of the bunch, hyaluronic acid attracts and retains water, viola, instant hydration. You'll find it as Sodium Hyaluronate in Aquafix.
- Petrolatum – As a natural ingredient, Petrolatum is purified before mixing into skincare and helps replenish, soothe and lock in moisture. It is seriously the best for really dry skin. Find this baby in the Balm Voyage.
- Ceramides Complex – Acting in the same way naturally occurring fats in the skin do, CC holds skin together, prevents moisture loss and strengthens the skin barrier, for smoother and firmer skin. Genius. Find this super ingredient in the Mr Reliable Moisturiser.
- Alpha-bisabolol – Also known as bisabolol and levomenol, this scrummy ingredient is extracted from German Chamomile. Boosts absorption rates of ingredients while moisturising and healing the skin (and hair!). Find her in The Better Oil.
Spoiler: The best bit? We’ve selected the best skincare products for dry skin based on high-performing ingredients including these!
Choose your *easy peasy* dry skin care routine
From 5 minutes through to 20. We *get* that mornings are hectic in many homes. Maybe yours is one of them. Check out these simple skincare routines for dry skin (we bet you could even beat the clock on our time estimates!).
5 Minute Skin Care Routine
for Dry Skin
Maybe you’re short on time and avoiding your skin care routine because of it. Plus, morning cuppas in the sun are important and you need not cut ‘em short #baskaway. If that’s the case, then this is the skin care routine for short timeframes like yours.
Step 1: CLEANSE
Dry-skinned beauties start the day with the Blank Slate Cleanser. Or end the night (you do you). This gel cleanser’s besties with dry skin. Why? Because, A – it removes makeup, grime and even sunscreen. And B – locks in moisture. It’s gentle enough to use twice daily and a bottle of this magic will last a few months. #frugal.
How: Apply to wet skin and massage in small circles, rinse with water.
Step 2: SCREEN
Protect, moisturise and brighten in one. Use Pure Shade after cleansing for a serious Vitamin B and Omega 3 boost. At 50+ SPF this secret weapon’s your go-to on the daily, for anti-ageing goodness.
How: Pat over face and decolletage, letting skin absorb before applying other products.
Step 3: SKIN BALM
Balm Voyage $47
If you’re like us, pesky dry spots pop up in the most random places. Use Balm Voyage to spot treat (or face protect) and finish off your quick five-minute skin care routine while treating your niggling dry skin.
How: Spot treat or face lather.
10 Minute Skin Care Routine
for Dry Skin
You’re runnin’ a million miles an hour. Between brekky, news surfing (or real surfing) and the morning scroll. But you’re ready to carve out 10 whole minutes of you time (you deserve it, beauty!). Here’s how to start.
Step 1: CLEANSE
With the Blank Slate Cleanser ($25) as above (soooo good).
Step 2: HYDRATING SERUM
Boost skin hydration and soothe redness with a gel face serum that just won’t quit! The perfect addition to the best skin care routine for dry skin in just 10 minutes!
Step 3: MOISTURISE
Balancing a juicy mix of humectants, oils, occlusives and soothing actives, this is your go-to moisturiser to lock in hydration. Feel all silky smooth and fresh for hours to come. Rich with Alpha-bisobol, your new secret weapon helps your skin absorb nourishing ingredients while offering seriously hydrating benefits.
Step 3: SCREEN
Using Pureshade Moisturising Brightening Sunscreen ($45) as above (hi there anti-ageing secret weapon!)
Step 4: FACE BALM
With the Balm Voyage ($47) as above (see ya, spots!).
20 Minute Skin Care Routine
for Dry Skin
Sure, you’re busy. But you know snuggling into some self-care time is tres importanto. Look at you go, your skin will seriously thank you for taking 20 minutes outta your day for your self-lovin’ skin care routine. Dryness be gone!
Step 1: CLEANSEWith the Blank Slate Cleanser ($25) as above (can you tell we love this gel cleanser?!).
Step 2: MASK
Cleansing Powder $15
Designed specifically for sensitive skin, this cleanser-turned-mask soothes irritated skin, gently exfoliates and draws out impurities leaving skin feeling all kinds of soft and hydrated (yes, please!).
How: Tap into palm, mix with a few drops of honey, yoghurt or coconut milk to make a paste. Massage into skin and leave for 3 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Step 3: HYDRATING SERUM
Boost skin hydration and soothe redness with a gel face serum that just won’t quit! The addition to the best skin care routine for dry skin in just 20 minutes!
How: Apply a pump to the face, using tiny fingertip circles. One bottle will last around 2 months if using daily.
Step 4: FACE OIL
The Better Oil $65
If a magical golden elixir existed, this would be it. Rejuvenating and loaded with vitamins to stimulate cell regeneration, your go-to face oil is packed with skin-loving minerals, fruit extracts and oils. Plus (our favourite) bisabolol, to help the skin absorb products easily.
Step 5:Mr. Reliable Moisturiser ($55) as above.
Step 6: SCREENUsing Pureshade Moisturising Brightening Sunscreen ($45) as above.
Step 7: FACE BALMWith the Balm Voyage ($47) as above (glow city, here we come).
Dry skin requires constant care. And discovering the best skincare products for dry skin means everything when you’re wanting to feel less *cementy* and more silky. Why not try our dry skin sampler box? Get a feel for our top dry skin products for dry skin and get all swept up! Or, browse the entire collection.