I Moisturize: Why is My Skin Still So Dry?

I Moisturize: Why is My Skin Still So Dry?

16 June 2023


Are you constantly battling dry skin or dealing with uncomfortable tightness, flaky patches, or skin sensitivities? If you regularly ask yourself, "why is my skin so dry even when I moisturize?" It's time to revisit your current skincare routine and weed out products doing more harm than good.

We're here to walk you through common skincare mistakes and help you find the best moisturizer for dry skin. 


Top Reasons Your Skin Is So Dry



Hydration is critical to maintaining healthy, happy, and thriving skin. If you moisturize your skin every night and day and still see dryness, flaky patches, and irritation, your skincare routine is probably to blame. Here are six reasons why your skin may be dry:

Not Exfoliating Enough

Exfoliation is your friend! If you don't exfoliate regularly, dead skin cells will proliferate and cause a build-up. Combining this with dirt, grime, and bacteria increases the risks of acne and imperfections. 

On the flip side, excessive exfoliation can strip away natural oils, leaving your skin dry and drained of essential nutrients. For best results, consider twice weekly exfoliation for a gentler impact on your skin.

It's important to note that exfoliants temporarily disrupt your skin's barrier, which leads to moisture loss. To counteract this, immediately apply a hydrating moisturizer after exfoliating, like The Cream – our lightweight daily moisturizer formulated to reduce redness and calm stressed skin. Apply upward in sweeping motions and massage the moisturizer along your jawline, nose, and forehead to hydrate and replenish lost moisture. 

Moisturizer’s Ingredients No Longer Work

Did you know that moisturizers have an expiration date? While most beauty care products have a relatively long shelf life, they can lose their potency after expiration. Using a moisturizer past the expiration date may irritate your skin and cause inflammation and redness.


As a good rule of thumb, washing your face once a day eliminates dirt and grime hiding away in your pores. The best time to do this is in the evening before you go to bed. It may feel good to wash your face a second time when you wake up in the morning, but it's not always necessary – twice-daily washing can strip your skin of the natural oils, leading to dry, tight, and irritated skin. If you wash your face twice a day and your skin is overly dry, take a step back and go easy on the cleanser. 

Dehydration or Malnutrition

Your skin reflects what you put into your body, and failure to prioritize nutrition and drinking water can wreak havoc on your skin. According to the National Academies, women and men should drink at least 2.7 liters and 3.7 liters of water per day, respectively.

Alongside increasing your water intake, prioritize your intake of skin-loving nutrients and foods. Eating foods rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids will keep your skin healthy and hydrated. 

If you need more nutrients in your diet, consider incorporating a multivitamin or supplement, like the SKIN supplement, our science-backed dietary supplement that supports the internal pillars of healthy skin.

Harsh Cleansers

Cleansers filled with parabens, alcohol, or sulfates can cause serious skin damage. Harsh face washes can negatively impact your skin's barrier, leaving your skin dry, irritated, and inflamed. 

Examine the ingredient list on your cleanser. Keep an eye out for SLS, SLES, alcohols, and fragrances. If your cleanser contains any of these ingredients, ditch it and look for a new solution.

Skin Needs Different Ingredients

Everyone's skin is unique, and your skin type – whether it's oily, dry, or combination –  can affect how it reacts to different ingredients. Identifying your skin type will help you find the best moisturizers and skin care products to achieve your desired results.

For example, if your skin is always dry, choose moisturizers with ultra-hydrating ingredients like argan oil, vitamin C or E, avocado oil, or coconut oil. However, these ultra-hydrating ingredients can add to the problem if you have oily skin, so if that's you, look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin.



Augustinus Bader Moisturizer Alternatives



At Augustinus Bader, we offer a variety of skincare essentials expertly formulated to hydrate, condition, and renew your skin. Our products undergo rigorous clinical trials, so feel confident that you'll see results with consistent use. 

If you're tired of asking yourself, "Why is my skin so dry?" Here are three products to incorporate into your skincare routine. 


The Rich Cream
The Rich Cream is one of the best moisturizers for dry skin. Formulated to deeply hydrate, condition, and restore your skin, the cream is jam-packed with sustainably-sourced, high-potency botanicals and pure, bio-engineered actives. During our user trials, 99% of participants agreed their dry skin felt hydrated all day. 


The Serum
Need an extra dose of hydration added to your skincare routine? The Serum is formulated with hyper-hydration and complexion correctors to nourish and hydrate the skin while preventing Transdermal Water Loss (TEWL). Apply it to dry skin every morning and evening for supple, refreshed skin with greater bounceback. 


The Face Cream Mask
Sometimes, dry skin needs a little extra TLC. With The Face Cream Mask, you can instantly hydrate your skin and prevent unwanted water loss. Wear the mask overnight or for at least 8-10 minutes, and allow the combination of Swiss Grape & Polysaccharide Complex, Ginseng Extract, and Vitamin C to brighten, firm, and smooth dull, stressed dehydrated skin. During our clinical trials, 98% of participants agreed their skin felt intensely hydrated. 



Say Goodbye to Dry Skin With Augustinus Bader 



When you're tired of dealing with dryness and irritation, take a step back and look at your skincare routine. Are you exfoliating too much or using skincare products unsuitable for your skin type? Once you get to the root of the problem, it's time to find the best lotion and move one step closer to achieving the soft, supple skin you crave. 

At Augustinus Bader, we pour 30 years of research and innovation into our skincare products. Powered by TFC8®, you can feel confident that our daily-use skincare essentials will deliver exceptional results. 

Start shopping today to find the best moisturizer for dry skin.


Rich moisturizer for normal to dry skin
From $96.00
Light moisturizer for combination to oily skin
From $96.00
Rich, creamy texture for a boost of hydration
From $205.00
Limited Edition Sets Designed by Haider Ackermann, featuring The Cream or The Rich Cream
From $565.00