Care tips for dry skin

Care tips for dry skin

Restore your skin’s balance

Does your face skin often look rough and flaky? And does it become irritated in reaction to external influences? With the right care, you can restore its moisture levels and strengthen your skin’s protective barriers.

Dry skin is sensitive

Dry skin often reacts sensitively to external influences such as perfumes, cosmetic products or sunlight. The reason for this lies in its structure and the function of the different layers of skin. In rare cases, however, a skin condition such as neurodermatitis could also be responsible.

Characteristics of dry skin

Dry skin feels rough and has flaky areas. It is less elastic, it feels tight, and is easily irritated. This is because the skin lacks moisture and lipids – i.e. fats. These are essential to keep the skin’s barriers intact. Dry skin often looks rough, is prone to stress and quickly becomes aggravated or irritated by external influences such as temperature and the environment. Its ability to regenerate is impaired and its protective barriers are weakened. In order to restore its moisture balance and activate its protective function, dry skin needs the right care products. Rich face creams with plant oils and hydrophilic substances strengthen the skin’s barriers, store the skin’s own moisture better and make dry skin look firm and beautiful again.

Very important: the skin’s moisture balance

Moisture balance

Dry skin needs to be supplied with moisture and oil on a daily basis.

Dry skin due to skin ageing

Age also plays an important role in dry skin. As we get older, our sebaceous glands and sweat glands work more slowly and supply the skin with less oil and moisture. It therefore loses its resilience and protection – and gradually dries out. So, the older we get, the drier our skin becomes. And lines and wrinkles can form faster on dry skin. That’s why it’s important not to wait until the first signs of skin ageing appear, such as dryness and wrinkles. As soon as you turn 30, start regularly applying day cream, night cream and eye cream and looking after your face with face masks. Ensure that your face cream is moisturising and contains anti-ageing ingredients. Find out more about the reasons for dry skin here.

Discovering the causes

5 reasons for dry skin

  • Genetic predisposition
  • External influences: heat, cold and dry air
  • Unbalanced diet or stress
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight
  • Unsuitable cosmetics

Beware of medications:


Some medications may dry out your skin as a side effect: ask your doctor for advice if you are unsure whether your medication could cause dry skin.

Basic rules for skin care

  • Showering frequently or bathing in water that is too hot damages our skin’s protective film. Ensure that the water temperature is never higher than 38 degrees
  • Soaps and facial toners containing alcohol may dissolve natural oils from the skin. Cleanse your skin with extra gentle care, for example with a lipid balancing cleansing milk. 
  • Your skin likes routine: care for your skin on a daily basis with special, moisturising care products.

Find the right care line for your skin

Skin care for dry skin needs to be consistent. Rich, moisturising creams ease feelings of tension and dryness. NIVEA knows the needs of dry skin and combines natural ingredients in its formula. The result is a product line which strengthens and protects the skin’s natural protective function.

Naturally cleanse dry skin!

Cleaning dry skin

Dry skin care starts with cleansing: use a product that is suitable for dry skin: for example NIVEA Natural Balance Cleansing Milk with organic argan oil and organic aloe vera. It cleanses gently and thoroughly removes make-up.

Look after dry skin naturally!

Apply a nourishing cream after cleansing. Natural plant oils and calming ingredients are ideal for dry skin: NIVEA Natural Balance Reichhaltige Gesichtspflege with organic camomile and organic argan oil provides 24-hour intensive moisture, helps the skin to regenerate and gives it a soft and supple feel.

Tips for dry skin

Your own lifestyle has an influence on the condition and health of your skin. The right care can achieve a lot. But stress and your diet can also have a direct effect on your skin.

Look after yourself!

  • For a healthy appearance, your skin needs a range of nutrients, unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins. A lack of these can contribute to dry skin.
  • By drinking a lot, you also treat your skin to some refreshment! Drink at least 1.3 to 1.5 litres a day. If you have been sweating, then drink more to make up for this.
  • Stress can also cause the skin to dry out: treat yourself and your skin to regular relaxation, for example with a nurturing moisturising mask.
  • Good planning results in less stress: enter all of your daily appointments in a diary. If it turns out you have a few minutes free, use these for yourself!
  • A cup of coffee in the sun, an hour of exercise or a quick spa programme in the evening will often work wonders. With a feel-good programme as a balance, your skin will instantly feel better, too. This will allow you to regain your strength and energy for the rest of the tasks you need to do.

The right sun protection for your skin

Sunscreen woman child

Excessive exposure to sunlight can dry out your facial skin. You should therefore use a sunscreen product for dry skin which contains moisturising ingredients as well as the SPF. Find out more about sun protection for your face here.