The Ultimate Dermatologist-Recommended Routine for Dry Skin

If you have dry, dehydrated skin, you know that finding the perfect dry skincare routine can mean the difference between a flaky, tight-feeling visage and a comfortable, glowing complexion. "Dry skin means that your face can't protect itself as well as it should from the environment. When the skin is dry, it develops tiny cracks in the outer layer, interfering with its ability to maintain hydration properly," says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

That's why choosing the right products is so important. And surprisingly, the ones to choose may go against your natural instincts. Keep reading to see the three things Zeichner recommends for a dry skincare routine.

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