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Ridiculously Dry Skin

I have ridiculously dry skin underneath my nose and chin and it only gets worse in the winter. It's fine and smooth when I'm not wearing makeup, but when I wear makeup, it looks extremely cakey and flakey in those two areas. I put on Murad vitamin C moisturizer in the day and night after exfoliating and jumping out of the shower. I even put it on before I put on Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and Benefit Cream foundation. I have acne scars on my chin so I use Makeup Forever's concelear before I apply the foundation. Is it something or some product I'm wearing that is drying up my skin even more? Or am I doing something wrong in my skin care regimen? I'm desperate! It's even worse in the winter and it's completely embarrassing.

It's not something I'm consuming, I have always eaten a ton of fresh fruits and veggies daily, but I'm not sure what the problem is with my dry skin. I'm 24 & live in Los Angeles, so maybe it's the weather? But I've always lived here and I never used to have this problem up until about a year ago. I've been looking for answers everywhere and I'm really trying to find a solution to this dryness. Any suggestions?

RE: Ridiculously Dry Skin

It sounds like you are overexfoliating and then not using a powerful enough hydrator. I also have desert-dry skin, and I've found that most moisturizers do nothing for me unless they're heavy duty. I like serums and oils. I also only exfoliate once, maybe twice a week, and it's always a gentle scrub with a cleanser. Nothing too abrasive.

Re: Ridiculously Dry Skin

I have the same problem as well. I need full coverage due to uneven skin tone and freckles, but some full coverage foundations just seem to emphasize my dry skin. I was using Kat Von D Lock It Foundation and it looked absolutely terrible on any spots that were dry, however I love the coverage of it. As of now, I am using a Bare Minerals Foundation as recommended by a Sephora employee, and it helps somewhat with the dryness, but the full coverage that I long for is just not quite there. Any advice anyone?


Hi,   I have the same problem with makeup and my skin. My...



I have the same problem with makeup and my skin. My skin when bare does NOT look horribly dry, however, when I apply foundation it tends to look patchy & flaky in some areas & not attractive at all.


I went to Sephora and asked for help and a wonderful cast member introduced me to Diorskin Nude Hydrating Liquid Foundation. I was using Mac Pro Longwear before & it dried out my skin badly.


The Sephora cast member also introduced me to moisturizing mists. After she applyed the Dior foundation to my skin she misted my face 5-6 times w/ AmorePacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Mist. That mist helped the makeup look smooth & made my skin feel less tight.


However, it had such a strong fragrance that I ended up switching to Urban Decay's Dew Me spray, which is heaven sent! I am also looking forward to trying Urban Decay Guardian Angel Mositure SPF 8 Spray (not available on Sephora) in the future.


Another trick I learned to keep my skin hydrated when wearing makeup, is to layer hydrating serums & moisturizers underneath foundation in thin layers.


Before I apply my foundation, I apply an anti-aging serum (to combat fine lines), then I apply a hydrating serum (I'm currently using Fresh Soy Face serum...also recently reccomended to me by a Sephora cast member), then I apply a mositurizer with SPF (I'm using Josie Maran Argan Moisturizer SPF 40), then lastly I apply Perricone MD Face Finishing Mositurizer, which really smooths out my skin and preps it for foundation. Then I also apply a primer to my skin such as TooFaced Primer or Smashbox Photofinish.


I know that sounds like a lot of products, however, it actually works. I thought using too many products might clog pores or be bad for my skin, however, my skin has actually been noticeably better since all the products I mentioned are high quality. I read about layering mositurizers in a beauty magazine & I tried it out and it actually works!


If too many products is not your thing you might just want to try a hydrating serum and seal it with a thin layer of thicker mositurizer on top. Then use primer.


I hope that info helps. GL with your search.

Hi Dodgersash,   I am not sure what could be causing your...

Hi Dodgersash,


I am not sure what could be causing your dry skin. It could be the change of weather or something that you are currently using. Try using a very hydrating face wash. I think that some cleansers can be very drying to skin and its hard to get the moisture back. I highly recommend the Josie Maran Argan Oil Cleanser. It is very hydrating and your skin is left balance and refreshed. It removes all tracers of makeup, dirt and oil.




Argan Cleansing Oil

I also suggest using the First Aide Beauty Ultra Repair Cream during the winter months. It is highly emollients and sooths dry/parched skin. It also has antioxidants to protect your skin from environmental damage.


Ultra Repair Cream

❤️ Melissa

Re: Hi Dodgersash,   I am not sure what could be causing your...

Thanks for the tip ran8. I think I will take your advice as well. I drink too many sugary drinks=)
❤️ Melissa

Re: Hi Dodgersash,   I am not sure what could be causing your...

These are great suggestions. In addition, avoid exfoliating daily if possible; or at least in the more dry areas.

Keep hydrated and try to drink less sugary drinks (sodas, fermented beverages, etc.).

Try not to use an exfoliant to wash your face. Exfoliants...

Try not to use an exfoliant to wash your face. Exfoliants are made to remove a layer of skin and can cause dryness. Use a gentle cream cleanser.

For starters use a very gentle cleanser to not irritate y...

For starters use a very gentle cleanser to not irritate your skin any more, I love Purpose cleanser, it's so gentle, and smells like baby wash you can get it at Target or Walmart for $5-$8 depending on size.  Once a week use a gentle scrub where you're flakey, try Clinique 7 Day Scrub.  Then my very favorite moisturizer that doesn't burn my sensitive skin, Clinique Moisture Surge, it's a gel that sinks right in and is quite moisturizing.  For a great addition to any routine is to add vitamin e oil to your lotion at night.  Other people really like First Aid Beauty ointment, you would use it at night it's very thick. 

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