Summary of the issue

What can I do for dry skin on my face?

A lack of sebum can weaken and dry your face. This means your skin is more exposed to tightness, redness, and other external aggressors. How to protect, nourish and restore radiance? Discover our advice

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Recognizing dry skin on the face

The skin of the face is very special in many ways.

Remember that skin dryness results from a dysfunction of the sebaceous glands. This results in a lack of sebum and a hydrolipidic film that no longer plays its protective role. And since the face is particularly rich in sebaceous glands, it is at the forefront of suffering the effects of dry skin.

But that’s not all: on the face, the skin is particularly thin, it is also constantly exposed to external aggressors. Not forgetting certain areas, such as the eyes or lips, which are more sensitive. 

Dry skin therefore means skin that doesn't shine, a tighter texture, a loss of elasticity... So, every morning, it's the same story. The skin on your face feels tight, it is more sensitive and less soft. You see that your complexion is duller. Sometimes flaking and redness appear.

Fortunately, there are solutions to overcome all these discomforts. 

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How to nourish the skin on your face

Don't confuse dry skin with dehydrated skin! While the latter needs water, your dry skin primarily needs lipids, fatty substances.

Cleanse your skin morning and night with a gentle, soothing, non-drying makeup remover that you apply with your fingertips. For extra softness, remove it with a reusable cotton pad soaked in Avene Thermal Water.

Step two: protect and nourish your skin. It actually needs comfort. Choose a nourishing cream with a melting texture in the morning and evening. Why also "at night"? Your skin regenerates better at night and doesn’t suffer from external aggressions, so it will be nourished longer during the night, and in the morning it will be smoother and less radiant. Plumping: it quickly restores suppleness and radiance. And in the case of severe dryness, a Cold Cream, applied as an evening treatment, can provide relief.

Finally, especially in winter, certain parts of your face are put to the test. This is the case for the lips. Don't forget to nourish them too with a dedicated treatment.

How to care for dry skin


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I have had dry skin since I was a child and I know that if I stop using cream my skin immediately feels tight.

Factors that aggravate dry skin on the face

Besides genetic predisposition or age, there are external factors that you can do something about.

Environmental causes

Symptoms of dry skin are more frequent when air is cold and dry. This is why winter is when this dryness is worst. And don't forget that in summer, UV rays can accelerate skin aging and dryness: operation sun protection. Whatever the season, adapt your treatment: in winter, go for the rich texture. In the summer, you’ll prefer fluid textures like the emulsions that are lighter for the skin when it is hot.

Poor hygiene

Overly aggressive facial treatments – such as certain soaps – can irritate and dry your skin. It is important to use gentle hygiene products that are suitable for dry skin and should be used as a milk or gel lotion to gently cleanse the face.



Can I apply make-up on my dry skin?

The good news is that if your skin is mildly dry, make-up will last quite well. But if your dry skin is more severe, that's when things get tricky.

For easier application, start with a nourishing day cream. It allows the pigments to adhere easily to the makeup.

If you have light spots, go for a fluid foundation texture. If it is severe, choose a compact complexion cream with a comfort texture.

For a quicker application, apply foundation with fingers. To hide flaky areas and avoid the “cracked” appearance, use a sponge. And for more lightness, opt for the brush.

Don't skip exfoliation

Don't skip exfoliation

Myth #1: If you have dry and sensitive skin, you may think that exfoliating products should be avoided because they will further damage the skin barrier.

Why is this a mistake? An exfoliating scrub for sensitive skin once a week will get rid of the dead skin cells remaining on the surface of the skin and gently exfoliate and restore radiance. For even better results, don't hesitate to use this scrub with a nourishing mask.

In the same range

Our solution to relieve dry or dehydrated skin

Eau Thermale Avène care products designed for your face

Revitalizing nourishing cream

Revitalizing nourishing cream

Nourishes - Soothes - Protects

RICH Revitalizing nourishing cream

RICH Revitalizing nourishing cream

Nourishes - Soothes - Protects

Tolérance Control Soothing skin recovery balm

Tolérance Control Soothing skin recov...

Hydrates - Calms - Strengthens the skin barrier

Cold Cream Nutrition Nourishing lip balm

Cold Cream Nutrition Nourishing lip balm

Toning lotion

Toning lotion

Soothes - Tones

Gentle exfoliating gel

Gentle exfoliating gel


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