How To Help Dry Skin Overnight

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What Is Dry Skin?

Dry skin is a condition that occurs when there is a lack of moisture on the surface so it’s best to keep skin properly hydrated. A likely indication of dry skin is flaking, itching, cracking, and/or redness on the surface. Many factors can contribute to dry skin such as harsh soaps, chlorine, long hot showers, and even aging.

Kiehl’s Guide To Skin Types

  • VERY DRY SKIN - feels parched, taut, may experience flakiness
  • DRY SKIN - feels dry, tight, may experience flakiness
  • NORMAL TO DRY SKIN - comfortable T-Zone, taut cheeks, may experience flakiness
  • NORMAL SKIN - skin feels comfortable with no areas of excessive dryness or oiliness
  • NORMAL TO OILY SKIN - slight shine in the T-Zone, comfortable cheeks, may experience occasional blemishes and/or breakouts
  • OILY SKIN - oily throughout the center of the face, oiliness occurs by mid-day, may experience blemishes and/or breakouts
  • VERY OILY SKIN - can be oily throughout the face, oiliness occurs by mid-morning, may experience blemishes and/or breakouts
  • ALL SKIN TYPES - some products may be beneficial for most or all skin types

Does Skin Change By The Season?

Skin tends to be driest in winter months due to temperatures dropping and humidity levels falling. Being outdoors in cold temperatures makes it difficult for skin to retain the essential moisture it needs, causing it to appear dry. A lack of moisture in the air can also leave skin more susceptible to drying and flaking. Be mindful of how long and how often you’re in cold temperatures, and remember to protect your skin with the help of an effective moisturizer.

Moisturize While You Sleep

If you have dry, flaky skin, there are several overnight hydrating options to help improve the look and feel of your skin while you sleep. Enhance your nighttime skincare routine with Kiehl’s replenishing and hydrating formulas and wake up to healthier-looking skin.


Use An Overnight Face Mask

Overnight face masks are formulated to be worn while you sleep and can effectively help dry skin by hydrating it, leaving it feeling softer in the morning. If you have dry skin, we recommend trying an overnight hydrating mask that replenishes skin’s water reserves for long-lasting hydration. Our Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask helps fill skin’s "hydration reservoir" We formulate this hydrating facial mask with Glacial Proteins, which are known to be skin-protecting and Desert Plants, which are known to be moisture-retaining.

Use Products Infused With Coconut Oil

When it comes to overnight hydration, coconut oil is known to have a deep moisturizing effect that can help nourish, hydrate and soften your skin, even when you sleep. Coconut oil provides antioxidant effects on the skin due to its abundance of fatty acids that can help your skin barrier. If dry, chapped lips are a concern, try our hydrating lip mask infused with Coconut Oil and Wild Mango Butter. Apply a generous layer at bedtime and wake up to soft, supple lips by morning. To continue moisturizing your lips throughout the day we recommend a lip treatment infused with coconut oil and lemon butter. Our smoothing formula with a blend of natural oils and butters, helps soften and moisturize lips all day long.

Wear Non-Irritating Clothes To Bed

When your skin is dry, even clothes can seem irritating. Try washing clothes with laundry detergent labeled "hypoallergenic" or free from dyes or perfumes, which could aggravate dry skin. We also recommend reaching for cotton, silk, or flannel sleepwear which may be less irritating to your skin at night.

Help Dry Skin With Hyaluronic Acid

When aiming to help dry skin overnight, Hyaluronic Acid can be a crucial ingredient in your nighttime skincare routine. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body and known to moisturize, smooth and plump the appearance of your skin. The hyaluronic acid molecule acts like a sponge to draw moisture into skin’s surface and can bind up to 1,000 times its weight in water making it key to long lasting hydration.

Learn more about Kiehl’s products formulated with hyaluronic acid.

Try A Nighttime Facial Oil

A nighttime facial oil may help to visibly improve the appearance of skin while you sleep. Try our nighttime facial oil formulated with distilled botanicals including Lavender Essential Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Squalane. Studies show that at night cells are at their peak for renewal and repair and anti-aging benefits could have maximum impact. This nighttime facial oil is a concentrated blend of nourishing ingredients that can help you get smoother, more radiant skin by morning.

Don’t Forget Your Eyes

The delicate skin around the eye is thinner than the rest of the skin on your face so is often the first place to look tired or show fine lines. For an effective nighttime solution for your eyes, try a nourishing under eye cream that offers creamy hydration. Before bed, tap our Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado delicately around eye area. This fan favorite product is made with ingredients including Beta-Carotene, Shea Butter and Avocado Oil.

Hydrate Dry Hands

Because our hands are one of the most active parts of our body and are receptive to becoming dry, it’s important to take the necessary steps to moisturize and restore the appearance of serve dryness. We recommend using a heavy-duty moisture hand cream to help soften and soothe dry hands. Try our hand cream that’s formulated with Avocado Oil, Eucalyptus Oil and Sesame Seed Oil, to help soothe, moisturize, and condition skin. This blend of select ingredients allows skin to draw and absorb water from the air, forming a "glove-like" protective barrier against moisture loss without feeling greasy.

Boost Moisture With A Humidifier

Another way to help dry skin while you sleep is by using a humidifier to increase the amount of water vapor in the air. When humidity is low, the air becomes drier, which can lead to dehydration, and as a result, dry looking skin. We recommend using a cool mist humidifier at night after you apply a moisturizer to your skin to lock in the most moisture.

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