Weekly Q&A: How To Combat Dehydrated and Flaky Skin

joeyZEN asked: Do you know of any foundations/powders that would hide dry spots? Like I have these dry, peely patches around my forehead and near my nose that show up REALLY bad when I have any powder on. I still have yet to find something that may hide it or reduce the “peely” presentation. Do you have any tips or advice? I’ve already tried exfoliators, concealers and applying additional coats of moisturizer after the powder but it only works for a short period of time.”

Answer: I have dehydrated combination skin so I totally feel your pain. The good news is, you CAN improve the problem with the following tricks. You just have to be consistent.

* Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize. Consistency is definitely key here. Look for moisturizers that contain ingredients to attract and retain moisture like Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid. Vichy makes an awesome range for dehydrated skin that I love (reviews here). Use an Asian lotion (hydrating toner) after cleansing and prior to applying moisturizer. It really helps keep the skin soft and and prep your skin for moisturizer. I also suggest adding an Asian facial paper mask like myfaceworks to your skin regimen. When used 1-2 times a week, these sheet masks can really improve dehydration in the long run.

* Exfoliate gently and moderately. Exfoliation is crucial in getting rid of flakes but make sure you use a product that is gentle. I really like Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator. The Moroccan rose and tiny jojoba beads do a great job in keeping my thin skin smooth and flake-free without drying it out.

* Always remove your makeup before you sleep. Wearing makeup for an extended period of time and sleeping with it can dry out your skin and clog up pores. I have been using the Asian Double Cleansing routine for years and my latest HGs are Kanebo Sensai Silk Purifying Step 1 and Step 2 Cleansers. (reviews coming soon!)

* Use the right foundation. Never use makeup to hide dry patches. It will only accentuate them and further dry out your skin, turning it into a viscous cycle. When choosing a foundation, stay away from drying powders and stick to creams and liquids. If you must use powder, go with a creamy formula like Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation.

* Set your makeup with a finishing spray. The Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray that I recently reviewed not only helps tone down cakiness and create a dewy look but also keeps your skin hydrated and preventing makeup from drying up.

* Keep your body hydrated. Having dry skin can be a sign that your body needs water. Make sure you drink lots of water (especially warm water with honey and lemon) throughout the day and if you live in a dry area, use a humidifier.

* Get your beauty sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to dehydrated skin and many other skin problems. Make sure you get at least 8 hours of zzz every night.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

4 COMMENTS

  1. WOW THANKS A BUNCH!! =]

    I will try multiple of these ideas. I just recently purchased the Sasa Water Plus Brightening Cleansing Lotion, Shills Cherry Blossom Hydrating Masque, Kracie Moisturizing Milk, and several other things from Sasa.com as well as Revlon’s Photo Ready Liquid Foundation. I guess it’s time to put everything to use! The Skindinavia Spray you recommended also sounds very tempting, so I might even get that too.. I think my main problem would be lack of sleep and water. It’s so hard to get good rest while working and schooling =[ but anyway, thanks again for this great response Phyllis! I hope everything works lol

  2. Wow! This was the exact problem I’ve been dealing with for the last couple days! I was starting to freak out because I have dry skin during the summer, what the heck am I gonna do for the winter?!

  3. Thanks for the tips! I have oily combination skin right now, but I get dehydrated skin in the winter. I’ll keep your advice in mind when the time comes!

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