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Is My Makeup The Reason For My Dry Skin?

Aug 17, 2007
Dry skin affects a lot of people. They deal with it daily and have to keep to skin routines that work and be able to adapt with different products in the case that one starts to lose its effectiveness.

Dry skin can mean dull skin, usually leading to a tight feeling, itching, flaking. Some people have worse dry skin than others, with itching becoming truly annoying and requiring emollient moisturizers and extra care.

You may find that you become especially vulnerable during winter months when the harsh cold temperatures, drying winds, and low humidity virtually lay waste to your skin.

You may find that there are many reasons why you have dry skin, and among them, the makeup you wear may only be adding to your dry skin problem.

Many forms of makeup are created every day. Liquid eyeliner. Lipstick with a wet shine like lip gloss. Liquid eye shadows. Mascara that takes several steps instead of one little swipe in order to get that long lash look. While many of these may not bother you, the one thing that goes completely all over your face is foundation.

Finding the right foundation for your skin type is a must. Generally you do not have to worry about other types of makeup unless you realize they happen to be doing adverse things to your skin, but usually something like mascara will not be of any bother.

Foundation, on the other hand, is meant to cover your entire face in order to even out skin tone, hide blemishes, and if you have the right foundation, help protect your face from the outside elements that typically damage your skin (though if your foundation has a sunscreen in it, usually it will not be very strong and you will require additional sunscreen for actual sun protection).

Some makeup items may contain talc, which is a known drying ingredient that is occasionally used in cosmetics. Talc may also be referred to as talcum powder, and is created from talc, a mineral that is very commonplace.

If your makeup or foundation contains talc, then you have a problem right there. You will have to replace any items that contain talc, which may also have other negative effects on your skin. Talc has come under fire from some researchers as a cause for certain types of cancer.

However, despite drying your skin, there has been no concrete study done to prove talc is dangerous, and as it has been used safely for years in society, these claims may be unfounded.

Still, talc in your makeup means dry skin for you. Talc is not the only skin drying ingredient your makeup or foundation may contain, so you may want to do some research on the ingredients found in them, specifically in your foundation.

If your foundation claims it is meant for dry skin and your skin is still drying out, it may or may not be your foundation. You must remember that not every cosmetic or product will work for you, even if it is meant for your skin type. Everyone will react differently to a product, so if you notice adverse effects, you may want to look into switching up.

A good way to help your skin stay moisturized even when you plan on wearing makeup is to put on a lightweight moisturizer before adding your foundation and color cosmetics. Doing so will also make it much easier to smooth on your foundation and help to give you extra moisture and protection against drying agents in your immediate environment.

It may seem tedious to go over all your cosmetics to be sure they have the right stuff, but if you want to help save your dry skin, then it is a necessary tactic and something your skin deserves.
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