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Dove build a skin care routine article

Build a Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin

Whether you love rich moisturizers or take a minimalist approach to skin care, a lot of us will still experience dry skin from time to time. Read on to find out how to care for dehydrated skin with the right skin care routine for you.

So, what is dehydrated skin? Our skin becomes dry or dehydrated when it loses water too quickly, or is exposed to cold weather. The same is true of our bodies – that’s why it’s important to care for the skin on your body just as much as your face. If you need help for dehydrated skin on your body, developing a moisturizing skin care routine in the shower will help you care for your skin and leave it feeling beautifully smooth and hydrated. 

1 Pre-cleanse

Wondering what to do with dehydrated skin? Here’s a tip from us. As your first step in the shower, apply Dove Body Love Moisture Boost Pre-Cleanse Shower Butter. It’s a nourishing butter you apply to wet skin before your body wash, to really double down on moisture. Specially made for dry and dehydrated skin, this deeply hydrating body cleanser is made with hyaluronic serum and moringa oil, and formulated to drench your skin with a surge of ultra-moisture.

Caring for maturing skin? Pre-cleanse with the Dove Body Love Age Embrace Shower Butter. It encourages supple, firmer-looking skin, while also caring for dehydrated skin.

2 Cleanse

An effective body wash removes impurities without disturbing your skin’s natural moisture balance. Our serum-infused body cleansers are inspired by the skin care ingredients you love to show your body some TLC. Apply our Moisture Boost Body Cleanser or Age Embrace Body Cleanser to cleanse and fortify your skin’s moisture barrier, and lock-in skin-boosting nutrients.

3 Exfoliate 

Gentle exfoliation can help with dehydrated skin on body areas like knees and elbows, which can often feel rough. We love our Radiance Renew Body Cleanser (Link opens in new window.) for the next step in your skin care routine. It’s infused with vitamin C and exfoliating minerals, naturally derived from silica. This renewing body cleanser helps to hydrate and illuminate for glowing skin. An expert tip: according to the American Academy of Dermatology, if you use a scrub or chemical exfoliator, be sure to apply the product using small, circular motions.

4 Moisturize

After cleansing and exfoliating, finish by applying moisturizer to help lock in moisture and quench your dehydrated skin. Dove Body Love Restoring Care Body Lotion gives you long lasting, 48-hour moisturization and will help your skin feel soft, smooth and nourished. 

If your skin doesn’t improve or feels drier over time, don’t be afraid to reach out to a dermatologist. Pay attention to any changing skin concerns like signs of dehydration, and switch up your routine when it no longer works for you, or when your skin is no longer responsive to your normal regimen.


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