How Makeup Affects Dry Skin

Source: flickr.com user MaCaEs
Source: flickr.com user MaCaEs

Dry skin sufferers experience a vicious cycle: they apply makeup to hide rough, flaky patches, only to find that the makeup causes more rough, flaky patches. Sound familiar? Here’s a look at how makeup affects dry skin, and how you can minimize adverse results.

When you apply makeup, you are possibly creating dry skin in two ways. First, the formula you’re using may be drying. Obvious, right? Sadly, it may not feel drying, which causes dry skin sufferers to miss this major trigger. The makeup may dry skin over time throughout the day, rather than cause a stripping feeling right away.

Secondly, you may be creating dry, flaky skin by how you apply your makeup. I briefly mentioned this in our blog post on How to Hide Flaky Skin, but here’s the rundown: if you’re used to “swiping” makeup across your face (how most people apply makeup), you’re probably upsetting skin cells and causing them to stand on end, creating a flaky appearance. In addition, you’re also probably moving around your skin care moisturizer or even rubbing some of it off, causing patches of excessively dry skin.

If you think your makeup may be over-drying your skin, here are some really easy skin care tips for remedying the situation.

Choose a moisturizing makeup
The best moisturizing makeup around is the Atopalm BB Cream. For real. It moisturizes with MLE and other ingredients while protecting with an SPF of 20 and reducing the appearance of imperfections with natural-looking pigment. It’s a one-stop-shop for making skin look and feel amazing.

Using our BB Cream (or a different tinted moisturizer formula) will prevent overly dry skin in a couple ways. First, it moisturizes while it camouflages skin issues, knocking out dryness in a very straightforward way. Secondly, the application process (gently massaging it into skin) won’t upset skin cells. Thirdly, it won’t suck moisture out of the skin like some traditional makeup might. Instead, it seals in moisture with MLE, ensuring lasting comfort and beauty.

Apply carefully
If you use a liquid foundation, PLEASE throw away your dingy application sponge! Not only does a sponge soak up and waste lots of your product, it also makes application a nightmare. Liquid foundation should only be applied with a high-quality liquid foundation brush, and it should only be dabbed – not swiped – on.

The best way to apply any foundation is to dab it onto areas that need it. Most faces do not need an even layer of face makeup, though that’s how most people apply it. Instead, try to dab your foundation onto areas of redness, blemishes, or other imperfections, and blend the edges into your natural skin. This will avoid wasting excess product while also creating a much more natural appearance. It also forces you to find a foundation shade that truly matches your skin tone.

Lastly, when using a liquid foundation, you may be tempted to use a setting powder. This is awful for dry skin for two reasons. First, a setting powder is very drying to the skin. Most setting powders contain little more than cheap powder and pigment and won’t do anything to protect moisture levels. Secondly, a setting powder will highlight areas of flaking and roughness. If you have truly dry skin, stick to your liquid foundation without a powder.

If you use a mineral makeup formula, it’s probably a powder. Here’s how mineral makeup is different than the setting powder I just warned against: it is rarely drying and doesn’t contain the harsh powders (like talc) that go into most setting powders.

Mineral makeup formulas aren’t bad for dry skin, but they sometimes don’t help very much, either. The issue of using a powder on dry skin remains for mineral makeup, though it won’t suck moisture out of the skin; it will simply highlight flaky areas.

If you prefer to use a mineral makeup for dry skin, be sure the formula that you’re using states that it will not dry out skin, and that it is free of talc. A loose formula is better for dry skin, but whether you’re using loose or pressed powder, application remains the same: dab it on!

Using a high-quality mineral makeup brush and short, precise dabbing motions, apply your mineral makeup to the areas that need it. It’s ok to re-apply throughout the day if you need it, but only after spritzing with a hydrating skin care mist or applying a light layer of moisturizer first.

Removing your makeup
For all skin types, removing makeup at the end of the day is a must. For dry and sensitive skin, it is essential to skin health and beauty, especially if you also suffer from something like psoriasis or eczema.

For dry skin, you probably started your day off with a simple splash of water and saved your cleanser for the evening. (Learn why that’s a good idea here.) At the end of your day, cleanse skin carefully and fully, using your fingertips to massage the product into skin and melt away makeup. Once again, dab (don’t swipe) your towel to lightly remove excess water, then apply your skin care moisturizer to damp skin.

By following this simple skin care advice, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble and heartache caused by your makeup over-drying your skin.

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