The Broke Girl’s Guide to Banishing Dry Skin

Posted March 10, 2015 by in Beauty

Dry skin is the worst! Whether it’s on your face, body, or feet, it’s almost always uncomfortable and unfortunately, unflattering. Dry skin just doesn’t suit anybody! If your skin is suffering from winter dryness, here are a few tips to get you looking radiant from head-to-toe without breaking the bank.

The Broke Girl's Guide to Banishing Dry Skin //


Dry skin sometimes gets confused with dehydrated skin, so the first step should always be drinking more water. That might be all you need to do, but if your skin still feels (and looks) dry, you’re going to need to incorporate the items below into your daily routine:

Sonic brushes are the bees knees!

Sonic face brushes have taken the beauty industry by storm. At first, I wasn’t into it, but that changed after receiving the SonicCleanPlus from Silk’n as a gift. After using it, my skin looked extremely radiant and healthy.

According to the original players in the game, Clarisonic:

Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology gently removes the impurities traditional cleaning methods leave behind, cleansing six times better than your hands alone. In just 60 seconds, its sonic action removes impurities from pores so that creams, serums, and moisturizers are more effective. And with regular daily use you’ll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas, and blemishes.

I always thought my hands were enough, but apparently not. The price can be daunting though, at $200 for the Clarisonic, and $89 for the one from Silk’n. Fortunately, more affordable versions are now available at drugstores across the country for under $40.

Serums are a dry skin must! I’m currently crushing on the one from Boots since it’s moisturizing and extremely gentle on my sensitive skin. Apply it a few minutes before your night cream so it has time to penetrate.

When it comes to night creams, I also recommend Boots. It’s only $7 and it gets the job done.

Face oils are another must-have for those suffering from dry skin. They’re ultra moisturizing and can improve the skin’s brightness, tone, texture, and elasticity. For an affordable option, consider the Argan oil from Physicians Formula. It’s a moisturizer, primer, brightener, protector, and treatment in one — and it’s only $15!

I personally apply it 10 minutes before starting my makeup routine.

All about Boots and Physicians Formula!

Now onto the cleansers. Look for cleansers meant for sensitive skin, since harsh cleansers can rid your skin of its natural oils. When at the store, look for keywords like “soap-free” and “hypoallergenic.” I highly recommend the cleanser from Purpose and the Gently Skin Cleanser from Cetaphil. Cleansing milks are another great option.


Many suffer from dry arms and legs during the winter, so you’re going to have to exfoliate often. If you already have a sonic brush, consider buying a brush attachment meant for your body if it didn’t already come with one.

You should also consider getting a body scrub. Bath and Body Works has great ones for under $15.

After exfoliating, apply a body butter. If those are too heavy for you, consider using a moisturizing spray — they’re light and absorb instantly.

Spray lotion is da bomb!


No one likes to have winter feet, but there’s no reason you can’t have sandal-ready tootsies all year long. To start, consider adding a foot tool with a spinning callous remover. You can find them for under $30 at places like Target and Walmart. These will help soften your heels.

You’ll also need to moisturize your feet before bed with a heavy lotion. Aim for every night, but once a week is better than nothing.

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How do you maintain radiant skin? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Alexandria March 10, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    How do you like the Clarisonic? I have a Luna, have you heard of it? It’s the same concept, except you don’t have to replace the brush heads.

    • Broke & Chic March 16, 2015 at 8:51 PM

      I’ve actually never used a Clarisonic, just the one from Silk’n. I do like the concept, and my skin definitely looks more radiant. I’ve heard very good things about the Luna, if you love it, stick with it. Only spend the extra $200 on a Clarisonic if it’s what you really want, but the cheaper versions are great too!