I have always had dry, sensitive skin, and it seems like the older I get, the drier my skin becomes. Now that I’m in my 30s, I find that I have to follow a certain regime when it comes to beauty and makeup application, or my skin will become so dry that I’ll resemble a reptile shedding its skin. It becomes especially dry when I use pressed powder and lipstick, which can be very frustrating since I love wearing them both so well. Luckily, with a great deal of research and experimentation with various products and techniques, I am able to wear makeup that actually enhances my looks instead of adding to my dryness. If you’re having a problem with dry skin that you feel is ruining your makeup routine, the following tips should help remedy your dryness as well.
1. Use a moisturizing soap – I discovered that one major reason why my skin was so dry was because of the products I was using to cleanse my face with. After having a dermatologist recommend Cetaphil, which is a non-soap cleanser created specifically for people with very dry skin, I noticed a big difference after using it for a few weeks or so. You can purchase Cetaphil from your local drug store and even Walmart or Target.
2. Apply a moisturizer prior to foundation – although I don’t really use foundation, I do use pressed powder quite often. Despite having dry skin on certain areas of my face, I also tend to have some shiny areas (my nose, chin and forehead), and without the use of pressed powder, these areas would look shinier than I want them to. The problem was, I would wanted the application of the pressed powder to be even, so I applied it to my entire face, but the powder was worsening my dry areas. A simple solution was to use a skin moisturizer on my face prior to using the pressed powder, which really makes a big difference. Some of my favorite moisturizers are Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer and Burt’s Bees Radiance Lotion SPF 15.
3. Use the proper makeup – whether you like using pressed powder on your face like I do, or foundation, make sure to get the right brand. If you choose the wrong brand, you could end up with more of a problem than you had originally. I have found that Laura Mercier makes a wonderful moisturizing foundation and it can be purchased from lauramercier.com. Drugstore.com sells many great brands of moisturizing pressed powder as well, which is where I purchase mine.
4. Get to the root of the problem – for many women, there’s often an underlying reason for their dry skin. Perhaps eczema or psoriasis is the culprit, or maybe the diet is lacking. Consuming excessive junk food, drinking too little water and not getting enough vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids could all result in chronic dry skin. You would be surprised at what an improvement you will see in your skin’s moisture levels simply by tweaking your diet somewhat and investing in a few vitamins and supplements.
5. Don’t forget your lips – I love wearing lipstick, yet if I don’t purchase the right brands, I just might end up with a lipstick that dries out my lips and makes them chapped and sore. Luckily manufacturers make some wonderful moisturizing lipstick, like Moisture Extreme by Maybelline or Bare Escentuals by Sephora. I’ve even had to apply a small dab of Vaseline over my lipstick, which works wonderfully at keeping my lips moisturized and healthy, even if the lipstick isn’t the best choice.
There is no reason to accept dry skin as a way of life and possibly avoid using your favorite makeup because of it. By following these 5 helpful tips, you should be able to sport your favorite makeup while maintaining beautiful, supple, moisturized skin simultaneously.
Live Strong – http://www.livestrong.com/article/137441-vitamins-dry-skin-nails/
Skin Help – http://www.skinhelp.co.uk/WhatIsAndWhatCausesDrySkin.html