I’m a dry skin sufferer in the summer so you can imagine what the cold of winter does to my skin. Flakes on flakes on flakes! It’s horrible and it makes applying makeup challenging. Here are the products I’m using this winter to keep the flakes away and how I’m faking it on days they flare up.
Until recently, I used Argan Oil on my face. Though it worked wonders (and I even feel it helped decrease acne), when winter hit, my flakes returned. Argan oil is a dry oil and therefore isn’t quite as moisturizing as what I needed. The Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Relief has significantly reduced my flakes.
2. Baking Soda
Once a week, I add baking soda to my face wash and give myself a good scrub. The fine particles of the baking soda are the best exfoliant I’ve ever found!
3. The right foundation
Foundation works completely differently on dry skin than it does on oily skin. I love my Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation but when my skin is really dry, it emphasizes the flakes. For dry skin, the best drugstore foundation I’ve found is Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry skin. If you’re looking for a department store option, I’ve been loving the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (the original Double Wear is great too but is very very full coverage – a little too much for me).
The thing is, no foundation works well on dry skin if it isn’t applied right. Which brings me to my next point…
4. Beauty Blender
This is absolutely my #1 tip to other dry skinned girls out there.
Prior to buying a beauty blender knockoff, I’d been using a flat-topped buffing brush (this one is great and affordable). It’s so easy to apply foundation with a brush (and the finish is gorgeous), and I’d highly recommend it for the oily skinned girls among us. That said, the buffing motion stirs up all those little skin flakes – something that absolutely had never occurred to me.
For us dry skinned girls, wet the beauty blender and then put foundation on the back of your hand and apply in a blotting motion. I’ve found this helps keep my skin from looking so dry, even if it actually is.
5. Aquaphor for the lips
Nothing works better. Period. I keep the big tube with me at all times during the winter. It’s a cuticle saver too!
Do you have any suggestions for dry, winter skin? I’m always looking for new products to help combat dryness!