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How to Choose the Best Serum for Dry Skin

Deeply soothe dry skin with the right serums for your skin type

Written by: 100% PURE®
Restorative Sea Culture Replenishing Serum and Fermented Rice Water Serum

Suffering from dry skin? Serums are ideal for delivering hydration into the deepest layers of the epidermis, to soothe dry skin from the inside out. These serums are also beneficial for normal and oily skin types, but are especially nourishing for those with dry skin. Looking to implement a serum for dry skin? You’ve come to the right place!

What Is Dry Skin?

When temperatures are low or the air is dry, water is sucked from our skin into the environment. Living in a climate that’s cold or dry may also exacerbate dry skin. Age, job, diet, and smoking habits can also cause or exacerbate dry skin.

Dry skin can be itchy, flaky, and downright irritating. Many people who have dry skin report that their skin feels tight. This feeling may worsen after spending time in water, such as right after showering, bathing, or swimming. Dry skin also makes the skin more prone to wrinkling and cracking, as it tends to have lower levels of elasticity. Roughness is also common, making dry skin appear dull, gray, or ashy. Even more bad news? The longer skin is dry, the more sensitive it becomes. Inflammation, red patches, or overall redness are also common side effects of dry skin.

The best serum for dry skin depends on a number of factors. Is your skin dry all over, or just dry in patches? Your choice of serum depends on these factors, as well as other potential concerns. Dark spots, aging, acne and or dull skin will also play a part in choosing a serum that’s right for you.


How Serums Help Dry Skin

Serums are specially designed to penetrate the deepest layer of the epidermis. On your face, the epidermis makes up the top millimeter of the skin. Serums reach the deepest part of this layer, delivering small moisture molecules into skin. These are much smaller than those in moisturizers, meaning you’ll need to use a serum if you want to nourish your deepest layers of skin.

Using a hydrating serum helps skin layers below the surface get more water. This is how you prevent future dryness, while also hydrating top layers that are already dry. The full effects of a serum are visible after about four weeks, when older layers have shed and deeper layers of skin have reached the surface. That feeling of cracked, itchy skin will quickly subside.

To prep your skin for a serum, start by priming it with other products that help soothe dry skin. Cleansing skin before applying your serum is a must! Skip this step and dirt, oil, and other buildup will block tiny serum molecules from infiltrating skin. Use a gentle, moisturizing cleanser like our Coconut Oil Cleansing Milk. Follow with a hydrating toner like our Restorative Sea Culture Hydrating Toner. Chia water in this toner will hydrate skin’s upper layers, while helping the serum deliver water to dry skin cells. After your serum, follow up with a moisturizer. Make sure to wait about a minute after applying your serum, to allow serum to fully absorb.

Sea Culture Serum

Choosing the Best Serum for Dry Skin

When we formulate our 100% PURE serums, we leave out cheap base ingredients like plain water or low quality mineral oils. Each ingredient serves an exact purpose, to make our serums more potent for soothing dry skin.

Sea Culture Serum Infographic

For Severely Dry

For severely dry skin, we recommend the Restorative Sea Culture Replenishing Serum. This serum has soothing chia water for hydration and plumping. Organic glycerin attracts moisture to skin.Vitamin and mineral rich algae and sea kelp deliver nutrients. Mega hydrating, skin plumping hyaluronic acid retains 1,000 times its weight in water. You can use this serum day or night.

For Dry + Aging

For dry skin that is not cracked or aggravated, Multi-Vitamin + Antioxidants Potent PM Serum will offer the greatest anti-aging benefits at night. It includes hydrating rose water, hyaluronic acid, rosehip oil, and sea buckthorn oil. Make sure to seal this reparative serum with a rich cream like our Restorative Sea Culture Extra Riche Créme. For double anti-aging benefits, use the Multi-Vitamin + Antioxidants Ultra Riché PM Treatment instead.

Fermented Rice Serum

For Dull + Dry

For dull, dry skin in need of a serious brightness boost, we recommend the Fermented Rice Water Serum during the day. This serum uses sake (fermented rice water), licorice, shitake mushroom, and bearberry to brighten dull, dry skin. Aloe soothes, while rosehip seed oil and avocado oil nourish and moisturize. The Multi-Vitamin + Antioxidants Potent PM Serum can be used at night to help brighten. High amounts of Niacinamide, Retinol, and Vitamin C are the superstar ingredients here.

For Combination Dry

For combination skin that’s only dry in certain spots, try our Green Tea EGCG Protective Serum. The caffeine in this serum makes it the best for reducing redness. The active ingredient EGCG is the key phytonutrient in green tea. It boosts oil production in areas that are especially dry, while curbing oil production in overly oily zones. Hyaluronic acid will deeply hydrate, aloe soothes, and the mix of yerba mate, rosehip, avocado, acai, and goji protects the skin from premature skin aging. Double up on benefits and seal in hydration from this serum with its matching moisturizer, Green Tea EGCG Protective Cream.

100% PURE serums are easy to use: just pump once, twice, and go! They’ll help soothe, nourish, and hydrate dry skin to make itching and irritation a distant memory.

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The information in this article is for educational use, and not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be used as such.

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