dry skin

Best Products for Dry Skin


Winter weather, hot air, aging: They can all lead to dry skin. On the upside: Dry skin is less prone to acne breakouts and blackheads. The downside: It's more prone to fine lines, irritation, flaking and red spots. Skin naturally gets dryer as we age, but that doesn't mean we can't remedy it. Here are the best products for dry skin... First of all: Make sure you actually have dry skin. You can have the best products for dry skin, but that won't help if you're actually not a dry skin type. Knowing your skin type is the first step towards proper skin care. Find out what your skin type is here.

Second: Know your ingredients. Hyaluronic acid, glycerin, dimethicone and ceramides are the go-to ingredients for dry skin. They pull water to the skin and keep it there. The best products for dry skin are those with at least one of these ingredients. Here are some of our favorites:

Exfoliators & Scrubs

Exfoliating twice a week is good for most skin types. The best exfoliating and scrubbing products for dry skin are products that are gentle and moisturizing. At Spa Sophia we're a fan of:

Jurlique Daily Exfoliating Cream

A non-granular exfoliating cream is recommended for every day use. It cleans deeply to lift away dead skin cells and leaves skin looking smooth and radiant

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils


Epicuren Apricot Scrub

A hydrating scrub designed specifically for dry and mature skin types. Finely ground and polished apricot seed and walnut shells slough away surface dryness and debris to reveal a smooth and fresh complexion

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils



Obviously the most important part of keeping dry skin healthy is moisturization. Here's a selection of some of the best moisturizing products for dry skin:

Epicuren Hydro Plus Moisturizer

A rich crème that drenches the skin in moisture while remaining lightweight and mild. This natural, indulging blend helps protect against dehydration for a soft, healthy complexion.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils


Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream

A rich, moisturising cream, with a powerful combination of emollients helps to deeply hydrate, and helps restore suppleness, while protecting against environmental aggressors. Leaves skin feeling smooth, moisturised and comfortable.

Hydrating ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils


Toners & Mists

Mists and toners are great to keep with you and spray on throughout the day. Especially when working in air conditioned offices or when travelling to dry climates. Here are the best toner and mist products for dry skin:

Epicuren Colostrum Hydrating Mist 

A nutrient-rich mist that renews, restores, and increases hydration. Rich in life-supporting immune factors, growth factors, amino acids, and vitamins in a base of pure glacial water, this exhilarating complex is a revitalizing solution.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin


Jurlique Lavender Hydrating mist

A daily replenishing mist with the calming scent of lavender that tones and soothes the complexion. Ideal for dry skin.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils



For an extra moisture boost, serums are the way to go. They can be applied underneath your regular moistutizer for more intense hydration.

Epicuren PhytO2 Hydration Serum

A potent, yet light, age-fighting therapy. This exclusive technology utilizes rare components of a botanical blend rich in aloe, proteins, and amino acids; this botanical blend will deeply hydrate the skin, while demanding it to function at a more youthful level.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin


Intraceuticals Opulence Hydration Gel

Replenishes vital moisture while delivering skin brightening actives. Use as the second step in Intraceuticals’ 3 Step Hyaluronic Layering for a more luminous skin tone.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & hyaluronic acid


Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Hydration Gel

Instantly hydrates, providing a reservoir of nutrients to the skin which visibly address the signs of ageing. Works synergistically with Rejuvenate Daily Serum, dramatically enhancing skin appearance.

Hydrating Ingredients: Dimethicone



If you have dry skin, wash your face with a cleanser only at the end of the day. Use water in the mornings, so you don't strip away too much oil. The following cleansers are gentle and hydrating, making them some of the best cleansing products for dry skin.

Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Cleansing Gel

A lightweight gel cleanser to thoroughly cleanse the skin. Removes impurities, make-up and excess oil, restoring the skin’s natural balance. Sloughs away dull, dead skin cells.

Hydrating Ingredients: Dimethicone


Epicuren Apricot Cleanser

A gentle, non-foaming cleanser mild enough to use on the eye area. Rich oils make this a great makeup remover and help prevent the loss of moisture during the cleansing process.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils


Jurlique Replenishing Foaming Cleanser

A replenishing foaming cleanser for dry skin that lifts away surface impurities to leave the complexion feeling fresh and clean.

Hydrating Ingredients: Glycerin & essential oils


Want more tips to improve your dry skin? Read them here! And for real, intense hydration and rejuvenation, call Spa Sophia at (310) 564 6676 or e-mail us to set an appointment.

What Skin Type Are You? Find Out!


The first step towards improving your skin care is knowing your skin type. At Spa Sophia we always do an extensive skin consultation with clients, so we can determine which treatments and products are best for them. We recommend having professional estheticians look at your skin, but if you're unable to come to the spa or are in need of an instant answer, we still want to help. Want to find out what skin type you are? Read on!

Skin Type Test

Splash your clean face with water and dry it gently. Then press one thin peace of paper - such as rice paper - against your forehead and and one against your cheek. Now use the following skin type information to determine your skin type.

Skin Types

Traditionally we divide skin into five types: normal, combination, dry, oily and sensitive. We should note that skin types can change as we age though, and are affected by things like temperature, humidity and hormonal fluctuations. Therefore repeat the skin type test every season or every time you move to a new climate.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is most common during puberty, and is caused by an increased production of sebum. While it can be troublesome in adolescence, there's an upside: Oily skin ages better! So less wrinkles for you.  Here's how to recognize an oily skin type:

Skin Type Test Result

The piece of paper sticks to all areas of the face, and is translucent after.

Oily Skin Traits

  • Large pores.
  • Prone to breakouts, acne and blackheads.
  • Shiny complexion.

Skin Care Tips for Oily Skin

  • Exfoliate twice a week (see our favorite products here).
  • Wash your face with cleansers specifically made for oily/ acne-prone skin. The Clarisonic Acne Brush Head is a great option too.
  • Only wash your face with water in the morning to prevent setting off more oil production
  • Use only non-comedogenic skin products and make-up, as they don't clog pores.

Dry Skin

Skin naturally dries out when aging, and is therefore more common in people over 35. The benefit is that breakouts will become much less frequent, the downside more visible fine lines. Here's how to recognize dry skin:

Skin Type Test Results

The piece of paper doesn't stick to your skin, and comes up clean afterwards.

Dry Skin Traits

  • Small pores.
  • Prone to flaking, fine lines, and red spots.
  • Skin feels tight, especially after cleansing.

Skin Care Tips for Dry Skin:

  • Keep a spray bottle with you.
  • Use gentle, creamy, non drying, soap-free cleansers. Epicuren Apricot Cream Cleanser is a great example.
  • Use a humidifier if your home or office is dry.
  • Use both night and day creams to moisturize (See our favorite moisturizers here).

Combination Skin

While many people think they have dry or oily skin, combination skin is actually the most common skin type.  Here's how to recognize a combination skin:

Skin Type Test Results

The piece of paper doesn't stick and comes up clean in some areas, but sticks and becomes greasy from other areas (most likely the T-Zone).

Combination Skin Traits

  • Oily T-Zone that's prone to breakouts.
  • Dry skin around the eyes, cheeks and temples.
  • Skin that changes with the season or climate.
  • Medium pores, possibly larger on forehead and cheeks.

Skin Care Tips for Combination Skin

Skin care for combination skin varies per season, climate and/or area of the face. The trick is recognizing the trouble spots, and treating them accordingly. Here are some tips:

  • Exfoliate twice a week (see our favorite exfoliates and scrubs here).
  • Use soap free cleansers, and only clean your face twice a day, unless you have perspired excessively. Jurlique's Soothing Foaming Cleanser is a good option.
  • Moisturize your dry spots with oil free moisturizers  throughout the day.
  • Use our tips for dry and oily skin for the dry and oily areas.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin shares a lot of traits with dry skin, buts is a little more extreme. Here's how to recognize a combination skin:

Skin Type Test Results

The piece of paper doesn't stick to your skin, and comes up clean afterwards.

Sensitive Skin Traits

  • Thin skin.
  • Small pores.
  • Prone to irritation, flaking and red spots.
  • Reacts badly to lot of cosmetics and skin products.

Skin Care Tips for Dry Skin

One of the most challenging things for sensitive skin is finding the right products. Luckily many stores have a return policy. Signing up for receiving testers from skin care companies can also help. Spa Sophia can also help you with individual product recommendations if you have sensitive skin.

Normal Skin

Although called "normal," not many people are actually blessed with this skin type . Here's how to recognize a normal skin:

Skin Type Test Results

The piece of paper doesn't stick to your skin, but would if you press harder. It comes up clean or with very little oil.

Normal Skin Traits

  • Barely visible pores.
  • Few imperfections.
  • Bright, even complexion.

Skin Care Tips for Normal Skin

Normal skin doesn't require much additional or special skin care. Just get the basics straight, such as applying SPF every day, cleaning your face twice a day, and moisturizing whenever the climate gets colder and dryer.

Want a more in-depth skin analysis? Spa Sophia offers complimentary skin consultations for new clients. Call us at (310) 564 6676 or e-mail us to set an appointment.

Five Tips For Dry Skin


5 tips for dry skin moisturize spa sophiaHot weather, cold weather, dry air; There are many things that can dry out your skin, making it itchy, red or flakey. Luckily there are also many things you can do to relieve your dry skin. With the summer months coming up, it's important to give your skin some extra love to keep it healthy and moist. That's why Spa Sophia is sharing these five tips for dry skin. Read and learn!

1. Use Gentle Cleansers

Soap and cleansers with alcohol and harsh chemicals strip your skin of its natural oils and protective barrier, and will leave it dry. That's why using gentle, fragrance and soap free cleansers is a better idea if you have a dry skin. Spa Sophia has a great selection of all natural, gentle cleansers. Check them out at our web shop or at our spa.

2. Moisturize

What helps a dry skin? Moisturizing, of course! Again, be careful with moisturizers that have fragrances or anti-bacterial components, as they can be harsh on your skin. Another good thing to look for when buying moisturizers - especially for the aging skin - is ceramides. Ceramides are fatty molecules in the outer layer of the skin that help protect it, but their numbers decline over time. Moisturizers that contain synthetic ceramides can restore this. In general, we recommend the moisturizers from our featured brands Jurlique, Hylunia, Epicuren and Intraceuticals. See a selection of favorite moisturizers in our webshop.

3. Don't Overdo Showering & Bathing

A long, hot shower or bath can be wonderfully therapeutic, but if you want to be good to your skin don't take one to often. The hot water strips your skin of its protective oil barrier much like soap does, and thus will dry out your skin. Cold, lukewarm and warm showers are fine, with a length of somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes. It's also not recommended that you shower every day, 3 to 4 times a week is sufficient. But if you work out a lot or really like showering every day, at least keep the water temperatures and shower duration in check.

4. Cover Up

The sun and its UVA and UVB rays are one of the biggest causes of skin damage and dryness, so make sure you protect yourself from it by covering up.  Wear hats, tunics and other clothing of thin, breezy material, but stay away from clothing that is too hot and doesn't breathe, as the irritation and sweating it causes can dry skin out as well. Last but not least -it shouldn't even need mentioning - always wear sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30. Beware of make-up and day creams that have SPF though. The actual SPF in such products is usually very weak because it's diluted, resulting in inadequate protection

5. Humidify

Los Angeles has a very dry climate, which can wreak havoc on skin prone to dryness. The same goes for people that spend a lot of time in air conditioned buildings or buildings in cold climates where the heat is on. A humidifier can therefore provide a lot of relief for dry skin. You can get portable ones or have a central installation installed in your home.

The best and most enjoyable option to rejuvenate dry, damaged skin is of course a  facial or essential oil massage. Book one at Spa Sophia online or call us at 310.564-6676.