Dry skin: skin is not able to retain moisture and feels uncomfortable after washing.
There are many factors that can cause skin to be dry:
Lack of lubrication from oil glands
Lack of Vitamin A and B.
I, myself, have dry skin and always feel uncomfortable after washing face and NEED to moisturize right after! I don't have flaky skin but it does feel tight and I know I need to moisturize all over my face.
Currently I've been using Nivea Gentle Cleansing Cream [with micro-encapsulated moisturizers, aloe vera and chamomile] for dry or sensitive skin. Its my favorite drugstore face cleanser because it adds a bit more moisture to my skin without applying a TON of moisturizer. It does have tiny pink beads that are NOT harsh to the skin.
As my toner i'm using Garnier Fresh [invigorating toner with pure fruit waters] for normal and combination skin. I bought it cause it was on sale and i'm not very picky with my toners and I just need to finish it up!
I heart my moisturizer! Korres Thyme Honey Cream [24-hour moisturising cream for normal and dry skin] Hydration. It honestly lasts for 24hrs! I wear it in the morning and before going to bed my skins feels hydrated! I've been using it for 2 months now and my skins feels fresh and appears healthy.
Overall, using these 3 different products have helped my skin. I do have trouble areas but lately I haven't had any troubles. It could be because I've been using all 3 items in the a.m. and p.m. and drinking some H2O.
Once my products are done I plan to try the Clinque 3-Step Skin Care for Normal Skin (#2). My skin doesn't flake and my forehead does produce natural oils so I decided to go for #2. Hopefully it'll work for my skin.