“I have an annoyingly dry forehead and nose area, and no matter how much I moisturize, my foundation still looks flaky!”
Girl, you’re preachin’ to the choir. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. I get patches of dry skin around my nose and at the corners of my mouth (it always seems worse in winter), and it often leads to flaky foundation.
Foundation loves having a smooth surface to adhere to, so let’s talk about skin for a moment.
Wind chill factors outside, heaters cranking inside, dehydration, Benzoyl Peroxide and Retin A — these are just a few of the things that can cause or worsen dry skin (I seriously notice a difference when I’m not drinking enough water throughout the day).
When your foundation looks flaky…
Take a Look at Your Skin Care Routine
Switch to a richer cleanser and moisturizer
You want to avoid stripping your skin, so look for gentle, hydrating formulas specifically made for dry skin. I really like Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser ($20) and Clarins HydraQuench Cream ($49), but both are pricey. A budget alternative I recently found and like a great deal is by a brand called CeraVe. Products in their line of moisturizing cleansers and creams cost about $13 each and work PHENOMENALLY well without stripping my skin. I like both the Hydrating Cleanser ($12) and Moisturizing Lotion ($13). They’re mega moisturizing yet don’t leave behind a greasy residue.
Wash your face with water
When dry skin’s really got you down, consider skipping the cleanser and washing your face just with water instead (at least for a day or two). Whenever I do it, I notice an immediate improvement in the dry patches on my face. Or, since I have combination dry/oily skin, sometimes I’ll use cleanser on the oily areas and water everywhere else.
I do it once or twice a week with my Clarisonic, and it seems to really help keep the flakes in check.
Try a hydrating foundation
You might also try adding a hydrating foundation into the mix. Several lines have rich, moisturizing foundations made specifically for dry skin.
A few to consider…
- Bobbi Brown Extra SPF Tinted Moisturizing Balm ($50)
- Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation ($42)
- Sephora Collection Hydrating & Smoothing Foundation ($20)
- Clinique Dewy Smooth Anti-Aging Makeup SPF 15 ($24)
Ladies, how do you handle flaky foundation caused by dry winter skin?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,