dry skin

Dry skin presents quite a challenge since one ends up looking ashy a few hours after leaving the house. It gets trickier when you want to glam up. So how do you avoid flaky, parched skin when applying makeup? Follow the tips below.

Keeping dry skin supple isn’t just about products used. The best way to do it is from the inside out. Drink lots of water throughout the day, don’t wait until you feel thirsty. Carry a water bottle with you as a reminder if you aren’t used to drinking water regularly. Eating fresh fruits and veggies provides the body with extra water. Keep tea and coffee to a minimum as these are diuretics (they stimulate production of urine thus loss of water).

Prepare your skin for makeup by exfoliating regularly. This minimises the occurrence of flakes. Use a hydrating moisturiser every morning and night to keep dryness at bay. If you suffer from dry patches, include natural oils such as jojoba or almond.

Products containing witch hazel, fragrances denatured alcohol or essential oils should be avoided. They tend to irritate dry skin and dry it out even further.

Go for products with hydrating formulas, for example hydrating primers. These are specially created to infuse moisture into the skin.

Concealers and foundations that have fluid and creamy formulas work best for dry skin. Those that describe their finish as dewy or as having a glow are even better.

When applying foundation, you can give the skin extra moisture by using a damp beauty blender. This will keep you looking fresh for hours.

Using powder to set your makeup can be tricky as it results in an ashy look. Use it only on the areas that appear oily. Remember to use a small amount of powder and keep the brush strokes light.

As for makeup removal, use gentle products that get the job done without leaving your skin parched.



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