Monday, July 30, 2012

Makeup Tip #17 - Dry Skin Relief

I recently met with a client for a makeup consultation.  I asked her if she wanted a skin care & makeup appointment or just makeup.  I asked about skin care because on our initial meeting she talked about her dry skin.  She said she was happy with her skin care products & only wanted to do makeup.

This gal doesn't like to use makeup on her face because she feels too dry when using powder or other products.  She also does not like the way powder settles into her fine lines, which is understandable , but my client was under 30 & it broke my heart to have her so obsessed with her wrinkles (her lines were very minimal by the way).

I really wanted to try to help her with her dry skin, but since she was not interested in the skin care discussion, I would like to educate my readers today.

How makeup looks after application & feels when wearing it depends solely on the condition of your skin.  You MUST have a good skin care program that works for you (please read my Makeup Tip #1).  It is my opinion that every person needs a custom tailored skin care program.

If your skin care products do not relieve excessive dryness then you need to consult with your product line & try different products in that line OR change product lines completely.  I know change is scary, but don't live with a problem that may have an easy solution.

You may have an unrealistic perspective.  I believe I've written it here before, but it's worth repeating:  the world does NOT see you as close up as when you stand to view yourself in the mirror!  Stand a good arm's length away from the mirror and that is what you look like to friends, neighbors, co-workers (and the camera lens).

To combat dry skin, here are some simple tips:
  • Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!  If you suffer from dry skin, I am sure you attempt to use the proper moisturizer, but have you considered that your body may be dehydrated?  Tea (especially green tea), coffee, sodas & alcoholic beverages can dehydrate your body.  Our body needs water & so does our skin.  A few years ago I made the decision to order water instead of another beverage when dining in a restaurant.  I know I don't drink nearly enough water, but I know I drink more water at a restaurant and it's a simple and easy lifestyle change.
  • Use sunscreen to protect your skin.  If you don't wear a moisturizer with a broad-spectrum spf (see my Makeup Tip #9), your dry skin could be a symptom of sun damage.  Tinted moisturizers may be a great option if you suffer with dry skin.
  • Read the ingredients.  Avoid products that contain alcohol as they dry out the skin.  Excessive dry & itchy skin could also be the symptoms of another skin condition or even an allergy to Phenoxyethenol which I talked about in my blog last week (see Makeup Tip #16).  You may want to read your labels.  If you begin to suspect an allergy you may need to consult with a physician.
  • Don't over clean your skin & ONLY use cleansers for the face.  Washing your skin to too much and using soap will dry your skin out.
  • Avoid washing your face with hot water.  Cool water is the best for our skin.  I LOVE soaking in HOT bath water and taking long, HOT showers, but that water temperature is not skin friendly.  Washing your face in cool water is a treat - especially in the summer months.
  • Eat a skin friendly diet.  Add products with essential oils that are good for your body (examples are organic butter, Omega 3 oils & coconut oil).
Dry skin is not only uncomfortable, it really can create wrinkles.  If you suffer with dry skin, please try some of the tips above & don't forget to examine your current skin care routine.

If you notice fine lines appearing, it's time to find anti-aging product that will help reduce the appearance of those lines.

Sometimes fine lines will disappear after exfoliating, but if you are someone suffering with severely dry skin, you must be very careful with what kind of exfoliation you use & how often you exfoliate.

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