Since moving to the Middle East, I have noticed a major difference in my skin. I went from combination/oily skin to super dry. I also developed very dry lips that no matter how much chapstick I applied, they never felt moisturized. The hunt for a new skincare regimen was underway and here is what I found to work best for my new skin-type.
I suggest to use 2 different cleansers. One gentle and the other normal. Here’s why. A gentle cleanser will not strip your entire face of the natural oils it produces. The normal cleanser will completely cleanse your face of the day’s harsh particles that hit your face. I like to use a gentle cleanser in the morning because I don’t want to strip all the oil my face produced during the night. In the evening, I use a normal strength cleanser like Dermalogica MediBac line to completely cleanse my face of the days’ pollutants and particles that might have landed on my skin throughout the day.
Apply Serum Day & Night:
Invest in a good serum! I use Chantecaille’s Vital Essence serum which has olive leaf and grapeseed oil and is an excellent source of hydration for the skin. It’s light and doesn’t feel oily on the skin and absorbs right in the pores which I like because it feels like it gets straight to work. I use this as a “first layer” of moisture. I also love that this can be used around the eye area. A more affordable serum I suggest is the Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum. Just be sure to use a small amount and you’ll get the same effect.
Apply Moisturizer Day & Night:
During the day I wear the Clarins spf 50 moisturizer over my serum before I apply my makeup. At night I use the Chantecaille Water Flower Fluid and I love it because it’s lightweight and doesn’t break me out. When I feel like my skin needs an extra drink of water, I love using the May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon. It is the most amazing feeling moisturizer ever and I wake up with luminous and glowing skin.
My skin was so dry no matter what lotions I used. But I found that Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula has been doing my skin so good lately. My skin is not dry, and has a healthy glow to it also. If I feel my feet and knees need a little extra moisture I mix Vaseline with lavender oil. I use a lavender oil from a Brooklyn company called Limegreen, but you can use any oil you prefer. I like it because it comes in a spray bottle and I just mixed it in my hand with a dopple of Vaseline.
Vaseline. This is the only thing that has worked for me. I have tried so many different lip balms and nothing else has worked. Every few days, I still get dry lip flakes on my lips, so I also use the GlamGlow lip scrub to get rid of any dead skin to kind of “start over” with my lips. But ultimately I have to use Vaseline throughout the day and at night for dry lip relief. The only other thing that has come close is the Baume de Rose by Terry. It is very moisturizing and actually feels smoother than Vaseline, but Vaseline has a better price point so that’s my go-to.
I hope my suggestions on skincare for dry climates help. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Do you have any suggestions on what’s worked for you? I’d love to try them! xoxo