Skin types: Dry skin

Correctly taking care of dry skin: Effective ingredients for a healthy glow



Dry skin is a well-known phenomenon. A feeling of tension, redness and flaking occur and cause an uncomfortable feeling on the surface of the skin. The skin looks tired and pale and has lost its natural glow. But don't worry: you can quickly soothe dry skin with the right care. We will show you how to correctly care for dry skin and tell you which active ingredients and products will help to treat it effectively. Our specific application recommendations demonstrate how you can take simple measures in everyday life to preserve the natural glow of your skin and protect it from dryness.



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Caring for dry skin: The most important factors in short

  • What is dry skin?
    If your skin is itchy or tight, the protective barrier and protective acid mantle of the skin are weakened, especially from incorrect skin care. Obvious damage to the surface of the skin is visible and the skin feels somewhere between rough to flaky and can even crack. It is more prone to inflammation and in this condition it tends to wrinkle more quickly, especially around the forehead and eyes. Dry skin is often a sign of a faulty skin barrier and also shows up on other parts of the body, such as on feet, hands or elbows.
  • How does dry skin come about?
    Normally, your skin manages to stay smooth from the body's own processes, especially with the help of the hydrolipid film, a protective layer that covers the entire surface of the skin. It consists of lipids, sebum, horn cells, and sweat and acts as a protective shield. With dry skin, your skin barrier is in a disturbed state. This means: your skin cannot manage to produce the necessary components of the hydrolipid film itself and the protective acid mantle cannot be maintained. Your skin will lose moisture and will feel dry as a result.
  • How can you effectively treat dry skin?
    A continuous care routine is essential for treating dry skin. When cleaning your face in particular, you should use gentle care products that have a beneficial effect to avoid further irritation. The cleaning products from our GLOW SET are particularly suitable for this: CLEAN, TONE.S and PEEL. They contain active ingredients such as salicylic acid, AHA fruit acids, vitamin B5, vitamin B3 or SyriCalm®, which have been proven by studies to help keep your skin barrier intact. With our GLOW SET you supply your skin with effective active ingredients it needs and help it achieve a natural glow.

Dry skin vs. dehydrated skin: The differences

One would think that dry and dehydrated skin are in the same condition, but this is not the case. Dry skin defines a specific skin type, while dehydrated skin only describes a temporary skin condition. If you suffer from dry skin, you may be deficient in essential fats or lipids. Small cracks in the skin and slight inflammation form on the surface of the skin and it feels rough. If your skin's ability to store moisture is impaired, it is subject to a constant lack of moisture. It is dehydrated and losing its glow. Your skin becomes tense, especially after cleansing, and feels dry when you to it. In both cases the skin barrier is in a weakened state. Don't worry: the right care products will help you to keep your natural shine.

By the way: Nonetheless, dry skin has one positive characteristic: it is usually very fine-pored.

Dry skin: Characteristics & causes

Your skin is tight, itchy and rough or reddened areas appear on the surface of the skin - typical characteristics of dry skin. The causes for the small skin damage are often genetic but are exacerbated by internal and external factors. In order to effectively treat the damage to your skin, you should consider the following factors.

External influences


Your skin particularly reacts to drastic changes in the climate. If it is too cold or too hot, your skin has to release more moisture. This loss is directly visible on the surface of the skin. The feeling of dryness on the skin is often a problem in winter as the cold temperatures constrict the blood vessels and your skin blood flow is lower. Strong winds or too much dust in the atmosphere can also remove the protective grease film and reduce its protective function. The result: your skin feels dry.

Too much skin care 

Less is more - especially when caring for skin that feels dry. Overcaring for skin often has the opposite effect and intensifies the characteristics on the surface of the skin. For example, you should only use mild and gentle products for facial cleansing. The horny layer of your skin is already thin and less robust and therefore does not tolerate aggressive treatments.


In everyday life, your skin is exposed to pollutants in the air, including exhaust gases and fine dust. The particles adhering to the pollutants stick to your skin or penetrate your pores. These small particles, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin due to their size, are particularly dangerous.

Exposure to the sun

If your skin is exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays over a long period of time, the symptoms on your skin surface intensify. The affected areas are more tense, reddened and can be painful. Due to the already weakened skin barrier, the harmful rays can penetrate the deeper skin layers unhindered.

Inner influences:

Biological age

As you age, your skin changes: its moisture content decreases. Women in particular often experience changes in skin type over the course of their lives. Hormonal changes, like in a pregnancy, are primarily responsible for this. With age, the skin binds less moisture and its fat content also decreases.


Sweating while exercising or in summer temperatures is a natural process of the body to level out the heat balance. The short-term loss of fluids and salts will quickly become visible on your skin. It reddens, becomes tense, and can even wrinkle. It is important to wash off the film of sweat thoroughly, as it opens the pores and allows bacteria and dirt to penetrate the skin. Also make sure that you provide your body with a sufficient amount of water in such situations.


Smoking is bad for your health and your skin. A smoker's skin looks pale, dry and gray - it lacks a natural glow. The reason for this comes from the nicotine and toxins contained in tobacco. Nicotine narrows the blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin and red blood cells carry less oxygen and nutrients to your skin. You get a dull complexion and your skin loses its vitality. In addition, cigarette smoke contains fine particles that settle on your skin and can clog your pores.


Alcohol dries out your skin. Alcohol quickly spreads through the blood in your body. A small part can be broken down through the sweat glands and consequently through your skin. It not only removes water from the skin but also sheds important nutrients that are crucial for a healthy complexion. Frequent sweating when consuming alcohol also dries out the skin more easily. If your skin is already irritated, it will be more sensitive to excessive alcohol consumption and more prone to inflammation.


It is common knowledge that your skin is a mirror of the inside. Experiencing constant stresses without any break has an impact on your nerves and your hormones and therefore also on the complexion of your skin. The lipid barrier of your skin is attacked: it brings the moisture retention out of balance and disturbs the glandular functions . Your skin dries out and it loses its natural glow.

Tip: Dry skin can be aggravated by many factors. Still, it can be treated just as effectively. Take your time and evaluate the various influencing factors to make your skin shine again. You can counteract dry skin by making simple changes in everyday life.

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Dry skin can be treated quickly and effectively with the right care products.

The right care for dry skin: Products & tips

Your complexion is pale and lacks glow? Signs of dry skin make the skin look uneven but can be treated successfully with the right care products combined with a coordinated care routine. Less is more - this also applies to the care of dry skin. Provide your skin with important nutrients it lacks and reawaken your natural glow. You will find below which products and active ingredients will help you.

Which active ingredients help to treat dry skin?

Dry skin is constantly slightly irritated by the small skin damage on the skin surface, so it is important to pay attention to the ingredients of your care products so as not to aggravate the existing irritation. The following active ingredients are ideal for treating dry skin:

  • High-dose TECMi!® Retinol
  • Vitamin B3 / niacinamide
  • Vitamin B5 / pantothenic acid
  • AHA fruit acids
  • BHA / salicylic acid
  • Panthenol
  • Amino acids
  • Squalane
  • Lactate buffer
  • Ectoin®
  • Extremoin®
  • Oligo-hyaluronic acid
  • DayMoist CLR™
  • Acetylglucosamine
  • ProRenew COMPLEX CLR™
  • SyriCalm™ CLR
  • Symreboot™ L19

Tip: The products by  DOCTOR Mi! medical skincare only contain evidence-based active ingredients that do not irritate your skin and help you to achieve visibly healthy skin.

Recommendation: The deeply nourishing TECMi!® Deep Technology

Effective active ingredients and the right product formulation are basic requirements for the best possible care of your skin. In order for the ingredients to develop their full effect, it is particularly important that they get into the deeper layers of the skin in order to achieve the desired care effect. The products by DOCTOR Mi! medical skincare with the unique TECMi!® Deep Technology provide a solution to this problem. It is a revolutionary molecular encapsulation system that transports individual active ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin and releases them there.

The active ingredient Retinol is even double encapsulated in RED, NIGHT and DAY. The double encapsulation allows the active ingredient to reach deeper layers of the skin in a pure form and in a significantly higher concentration, where it can unfold its full effect. The innovative TECMi!® Deep Technology is suitable for all skin types as the top layer of skin is spared and it does not cause any undesirable side effects.

Funktion von TECMi!®-verkapselten Retinol

TECMi!®-encapsulated Retinol

Funktion von herkömmlichen Retinol

Conventional Retinol

Cleaning is an important part of an effective care routine. In order to get rid of the excess skin flaking and accumulated dirt, we recommend the use of gentle and mild cleaning products. This ensures thorough cleansing and protects your skin from further irritation. You can use the following DOCTOR Mi! medical skincare products to cleanse your face without any hesitation.


CLEAN is a mild facial cleansing gel with active protection. The cleansing gel provides moisture and at the same time protects the skin barrier. The vitamin B5 active ingredient is specifically treated with the TECMi!® encapsulation technology and removes dirt from your skin without drying it out. The combination of active ingredients in CLEAN has a calming and anti-itching effect on your skin and also ensures that your pH value is stabilized. The gentle cleansing gel can be used for facial cleansing in the morning and in the evening.


TONE.S is a cleansing toner with salicylic acid and ensures deeply cleansed skin thanks to the TECMi!® BHA. The contained salicylic acid is anti-inflammatory and strengthens the skin barrier. Its effect is enhanced by the special TECMi!® encapsulation. The active ingredient is transported into the deeper layers of the skin where it can release its full potential. TONE.S also contains a high-dose lactate buffer, which has a particularly hydrating effect on your skin and promotes the skin's own moisture retention. The toner is ideal for daily facial cleansing - in the morning and the evening.

Important: Make sure that TONE.S is fully absorbed as this is the only way to harness the full of effect of salicylic acid and other active ingredients it contains. Do not wash off after use.


PEEL is a gentle and natural peeling. It cleans your skin reliably and protects it from moisture loss. PEEL is completely free from microplastics and the peeling particles contained are 100% natural. The active ingredients in PEEL are optimally matched to one another. Thanks to the highly effective ingredients, it also helps to reduce wrinkles caused by dryness and reliably removes dead skin cells that additionally dry out your skin. You can use PEEL once a day.

More tips for cleaning dry skin

Keep the following tips in mind when cleaning your face to achieve the best possible results.

  • Take your time and massage the care into the skin of your face in circular movements. This promotes blood circulation and stimulates cell activity.
  • Always use lukewarm water to wash off anything - water that is too hot can cause unnecessary irritation to your skin.
  • Always use a clean towel and avoid abrasive rubbing while drying the skin.

The right care products for dry skin

After you have thoroughly cleansed your face, you should make sure that the following care products supply your skin with the right ingredients to rid yourself of the unwanted signs of dry skin. Even with day and night care, the product formulation is crucial to reach an ideal care effect. Get your glow back and use the following products after your daily cleansing.


DAY protects and nourishes your skin throughout the day. The intelligent complex of active ingredients strengthens the skin's own barrier function, stabilizes the pH value and gives your skin vitality. In addition to TECMi!® Retinol, DAY contains many other active ingredients that ensure radiantly beautiful skin. Ectoin protects your skin from UV radiation and dryness and vitamin B3 stimulates the production of collagen in your skin and makes it supple - it immediately feels less dry. The evidence-based ingredients are carefully coordinated and optimally support your skin throughout the day. You can use DAY every day after your morning cleansing routine.

Tip: The active ingredients contained in DAY work wonders in preparing your skin for the day in the best possible way. Although it contains active ingredients that have a protective effect against UVA and UVB rays, you should additionally also use a sun protection factor 50+ to protect your skin as best as possible.


SERUM is an oligo-hyaluronic acid serum that improves the moisture retention of the skin and stabilizes the skin barrier. The light texture of the serum feels pleasant on the skin and is quickly absorbed. What makes SERUM special is the oligo-hyaluron, a basic component of hyaluronic acid, which, due to its small size, reaches the deeper layers of the skin. It also contains acetylglucosamine, a moisturizing ingredient that provides the lower skin layer with intensive moisture. You can integrate SERUM into your daily care routine - and the special thing about our SERUM is: You use it after applying cream as the patented active ingredient Syricalm leaves an immediate tightening film on the skin and reduces wrinkles after just 5 minutes.


NIGHT and RED are effective care products that you can use in the evening after your cleansing routine. NIGHT is a deeply nourishing TECMi!® Retinol night cream that helps your skin to retain moisture. Another effective active ingredient, which strengthens the skin's self-defense mechanisms, is vitamin B3. RED is a skin-renewing face cream that can be used in the evening instead of the NIGHT. In addition to the active ingredient wonder weapon Retinol, our special skin booster contains Extremoin which reduces the feeling of tension and dryness on your skin in the long term. Both care products are so unusually gentle and effective because the TECMi!® technology allows them to reach the deeper layers of the skin and fully develop their effects there.

Info: In the beginning, it is quite common for a slight reddening to appear and for your skin to peel. Unlike other skin care products for dry skin that usually add extra moisture to the skin, causing the skin to get used to it and stop producing moisture itself, the double-encapsulated TECMI!® Retinol contained in Doctor Mi! medical skincare products brings about a real skin transformation. Your skin learns to renew itself (again) but has to get used to the active ingredients first - this can take up to 6-12 weeks. When using Retinol products, you should not use any other care products.

Care set for dry skin: The DOCTOR Mi! GLOW SET

Make your skin shine with the DOCTOR Mi! medical skincare products. Our GLOW SET will provide your skin with the right ingredients for a natural glow. It contains both mild cleaning products and effective care products for day and night. The GLOW products are ideal for dry skin and help you to break away from a pale complexion to regain a healthy glow.

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Further tips and specific recommendations for dry skin

In addition to the right care products and a coordinated care routine, you can counteract dry skin with simple measures in everyday life. In the following you will find further tips that will help you regain your natural glow.

Sun protection

By using a sun protection factor of 50+ you not only slow down the skin aging process but also protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays that you are exposed to every day. For dry skin, you should apply a sun protection factor 50+ all year round to support the protective function of your skin and also to protect your skin from sun-induced dryness.

Tip: Although there is a sun protection factor in most beauty products, in most cases it is not strong enough to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Drink a lot

The amount of fluid you need is individual to everyone but you should always make sure that you are never thirsty since you are already not drinking enough then. Drink 1.5-3 liters a day are a rough guideline. Your skin largely consists of water, so for its metabolism to function optimally, it is dependent on moisture. By drinking a lot, you can sustainably support the skin functions. If your skin loses too much moisture and its natural protective functions will deteriorate. Instead of water, you can safely drink unsweetened tea. Selected herbal teas such as chamomile, lavender or fennel are particularly beneficial for the skin.


A healthy and balanced diet not only has a positive impact on your body, but also on your skin. In addition to the selected active ingredients in care products, it is also important to supply your skin with nourishing vitamins and minerals in order to achieve a healthy complexion. The following foods are especially helpful for dry skin:

  • Fish, such as salmon or tuna, contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which can have a positive effect on a beautiful complexion.
  • Cabbage and berries stop wrinkles from dryness. They contain vitamin C, an effective free radical scavenger. The well-known anti-aging vitamin also stimulates the formation of new skin cells and alleviates the symptoms of dry skin.
  • Pineapple contains AHA acids which increase the collagen density and improve the quality of the elastic fibers.


Constant stress in everyday life has been shown to damage your skin. If your skin is in an irritated state, you should take special care to reduce your stress level. Take enough time to rest - it has a positive effect on your body and your skin. Pay particular attention to a healthy amount of sleep.


In addition to a balanced diet, regular exercise is also a must for a radiant, healthy complexion. During a strenuous workout, the production of lipids is boosted and blood circulation is stimulated.


A visit to the sauna is particularly helpful for dry skin. Due to the hot temperatures, the skin is supplied with more blood and it can absorb important nutrients better. The skin's protective barrier can also be strengthened through regular sauna visits.

Frequently asked questions about dry skin & the right care

In the following you will find answers to the most common questions about dry skin and the right care.

  • Does Retinol help treat dry skin?

  • How do I protect my skin from dryness in summer?

  • Can I prevent dry skin by drinking plenty of water?

  • What should you pay particular attention to in a daily care routine?

Make your skin shine - with DOCTOR Mi! medical skincare

Dry skin looks tired and pale and the natural glow is gone. DOCTOR Mi! medical skincare relies on active ingredients that have been proven by studies and that ensure a smooth complexion and make your skin shine. The highly effective care products stimulate your skin cells in the lower skin layer and ensure vitality on your skin.

About Dr. Miriam Rehbein

Dr. Miriam Rehbein
Dr. Miriam Rehbein is a licensed specialist in dermatology as well as the founder and product developer of Doctor Mi! medical skincare. As a recognized expert in skin care, she not only passes on her specialist knowledge to colleagues at congresses and training courses, but also treats patients in her Munich practice. Based on her many years of experience in dealing with patients, Miriam Rehbein has created a care line with DoctorMi! medical skincare that pursues one goal in particular: to help the skin to help itself.