Dry Skin


What are the best face masks for making dry, combination, undernourished or mature skin look its best? We asked a few of our expert Beauty Stylists to tell us about their favorite masks. Find out what they’re loving at home and recommending in our stores for any skin concern.


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COMBINATION SKIN: Oily skin that lacks moisture is what I’ve had most of my life (symptoms: enlarged pores, oily T-zone, redness, slightly flaky skin at the chin, under the nose and upper cheeks). My secret combination infuses lightweight, nongreasy hydration into the skin while balancing out my oily but dry areas with vitamins and natural plant extracts. Here is my super easy and low-maintenance routine: 1) Using clean hands, apply a generous nickel-sized amount of Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask along with 3-5 drops of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate to the face and neck (if applied thinly, you can sleep with this mask on). 2) Remove mask after 10-15 minutes with a clean, warm-water-soaked towel. 3) Apply my favorite Chantecaille Flower Harmonizing Cream for a naturally balanced glow day or night!

ALL SKIN TYPES: Lavender is an amazing natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antidepressant ingredient. Here is my favorite super simple, 4-step luxurious lavender mask routine: 1) Using clean hands, gently remove makeup with peppermint/lavender oil–infused Lancer Face Polish. 2) Rinse off exfoliator, apply a generous nickel-sized amount of Fresh Rose Face Mask to the face and neck then wait 10-15 minutes. 3) Apply 5 drops of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate to a warm-water-dampened towel to remove mask. 4) Apply Dr. Dennis Gross Oil-Free Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion Cream to the face and neck for a naturally happy, nongreasy complexion!



‘Tis the season for mulled wine, cozy slippers, long books and drying out like a prune. Even in our native Northwest with all its recent rain, we can’t get away from the skin irritation, dryness and breakouts that come like clockwork with December. So when we heard Kate Somerville, skincare expert for more than 20 years and industry pioneer, was going to be in Seattle, we couldn’t let her leave without asking a few survival questions and gleaning year-round skin-saving insight.

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Winter is here and with it holiday travels. For those of us traveling to (or stuck for good in) harsher climates, how can we defend our skin?
Airplanes are so brutal. They just suck every bit of hydration out of you. Try not to wear makeup if it’s a long flight. I really recommend taking the Dermal Quench on your flight, along with the moisturizer that’s right for your skin. If you have a lot of oils, you’ll want to go oil-free. If you have normal skin, use our Age Arrest. Nordstrom is also launching our KateCeuticals line soon, which is really geared for dry skin and mature skin. The moisturizer is Multi-Active Revive. When you get back from wherever you’re going, steam your face. Take a wet washcloth as hot as you can handle and place it over your skin for about five minutes. Or put it over your face in the bath and really allow your skin to steam.



We asked three of our Beauty Stylists–each with a different skin type–how they kept their skin looking healthy and flawless during the winter months. They came to our rescue! In our first post, Erin Benke in Cerritos, CA, takes us through her arsenal for combating chilly conditions when you’re prone to dry skin.

Beauty Stylist: Erin Benke, Cerritos, CA
Skin Type: Dry

First of all, my skin changes with the season. I find that it typically gets drier around December through May and then retains more moisture around the summertime. So, I change up my skincare routine throughout the year to accommodate the fluctuations.

1. Cleanse. I start with Chanel Sublimage Essential Comfort Cleanser–with camellia and jojoba oils, the unique formula soothes as it gently removes makeup. Great to use with the Clarisonic! Then, a splash of L’Occitane Fresh Face Water removes excess oils and dirt while toning and hydrating the skin with shea oil.

2. Treat. Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift acts as a lifting agent, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles instantly! La Mer the Regenerating Serum refines the texture of my skin, leaving it soft and supple to the touch.

3. Moisturize.  The Moisturizing Soft Cream is the latest from La Mer, and I think it’s miraculous. It finds its way deep into the skin to hydrate, strengthen and make me feel like I’m glowing.

4. Eye Care. Tired of looking at those eye-area lines or wrinkles? I have six words that will make them look less noticeable: Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Eye Contour Cream.

5. Refresh. I love a good hydrating spray to top off my skincare at night to seal it in. In the morning, I wake up to dewy skin. My favorite is the Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra Pure Spray. Because it’s only available in stores right now, a worthy alternative available online is jane iredale Balance Hydration Spray–full of antioxidants and nourishing, natural ingredients.

Just remember: If you have dry skin like me, the key right now is to not over-wash! Instead, always moisturize to keep it hydrated.

Want more expert tips and advice? Drop by the Beauty Counter at your favorite Nordstrom store or check out our Beauty Stylist page for more info on booking an appointment and live chat.