If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. One of my worst beauty problems was dry skin at the corners of my mouth, near my nose and on my forehead, particularly during the winter months. It didn’t matter how much I moisturized, the dry skin remained and created a second problem.
The second problem came from my makeup. If your skin is flaky, your makeup won’t look good. In fact, it will take on the same characteristics of the skin. Every time I applied makeup, I felt like a flake, or at least my foundation looked like it. It didn’t matter how much moisturizer I used, the problem persisted.
While your foundation can cover a lot of sin and smooth out the color in your face, it needs to have a smooth surface to look its best. Just like makeup won’t cover wrinkles, in fact it makes them more noticeable; it won’t hide dry skin either. So I asked myself, “How do I solve the problem of flaky makeup?” The answer was to first solve the dry skin problem.
Dry skin can occur for a variety of reasons. I realized that I wasn’t drinking as much water as I should throughout the day, which can be one cause of flaky skin. I knew that the furnace was running quite a bit during the winter and that heat dried out the already dry air in our home. There were other factors that also affected my skin such as Benzoyl peroxide, the cold winds of winter and Retin A. I already have dry skin, so they made the condition worse.
Eliminating the Dry, Flaky Patches and Creating the Perfect Canvas for Foundation
You can have the problem of flaky foundation even if you have oily skin, but it’s far worse when your skin is already dry. However, people with oily skin can use this technique. I use oil cleansing. The oil cleansing method can be used to clean your face first, before you apply your make up. It removes dead cells that can create patchy dry spots and create a smooth base to prevent the flakiness that can occur after your make up is applied.
- You’ll use a combination of oils based on your skin type and pour it into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together then smooth them over your face, as though you were using a wash rag.
- As you massage them into your skin, the oil will not only remove loose skin cells and make exfoliating unnecessary, but will also remove any dirt or makeup build-up on your face.
- Soak a wash rag in hot water and place it on your face to remove the oil. When it’s cool, wipe away the oil on your face and rinse again.
- The oil cleansing method can even remove waterproof mascara. You’ll also be massaging your skin, which stimulates the blood flow to the area, helping to relieve dull, dry skin and moisturizes, reducing the need for other products to hydrate the skin, particularly if you have oily skin.
- Apply your make-up to the smooth backdrop created with the oil cleansing method.
You can also use oil cleansing to remove your makeup. Since make-up is often oil based, it only makes sense that an oil-based cleanser works the best. Using oil to cleanse your skin doesn’t over dry it or stimulate the sebum glands to produce even more oil, so it’s good for all types of skin.
I can shout it from the housetops, but if you listen and don’t try it, all that excitement will go to waste. Take my word for it, just try it once and you’ll see improvement immediately. Even better, the longer you use it, the better it works. If you don’t believe me, try this experiment. First wash your face as you’d do normally, and then use the oil cleansing method. When you wipe off the oil you’ll see a huge build up on the washrag that didn’t come off with your cleanser. Once you see the difference in your skin, you’ll feel just like I did, it’s a must share with all your friends.
Other ways to do When your foundation looks flaky…
1Switch to a richer moisturizer and cleanser
Look for gentle, hydrating formulas specifically made for dry skin to avoid stripping oil from your skin.
2Wash your face with water
Set aside the cleanser and consider washing your face with water instead (for at least a couple of days). Every time I do this, I can see improvement in the dry patches area on my skin though I have an oily skin. Or if you have a combination skin, you can use gentle cleanser (like baby wash) on the oily part of your face and just use water on the rest of your face.