A favorite makeup foundation that makes facial skin look perfect three-quarters of the year can become a caking, flaking, creased mess on facial skin during winter. Tossing the favorite makeup foundation and trying new ones won’t solve the flaky problem, because the foundation isn’t the cause, it’s the facial skin under the foundation that’s to blame.
To prevent makeup foundation from caking, flaking or creasing in winter, a different facial cleansing and moisturizing approach for winter skin care is necessary.
Why Skin is Drier in Winter
Indoor heated air and outdoor cold air are both drying to skin and facial skin is exposed to one or the other constantly during winter. Combine that winter-air skin drying with products that contain anti-aging ingredients like retinol or anti-acne ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, both of which dry the skin, and top layer of facial skin becomes rough and bumpy. When makeup foundation is applied over a less than smooth facial skin canvas, the end result will be caking, flaking and creasing all over the face.
Prevent Dry Winter Skin
A three step approach in a skin care regimen is neededto keep and makeup foundation smooth during winter months.
Use the right facial cleansing agent. Use a mild, creamy cleanser that won’t clog pores or leave facial skin feeling tight. Exfoliate facial skin once per week to remove dead skin cells and leave skin smooth.
Choose a richer, thicker night cream to use during winter than is normally used the rest of the year. A heavier night cream will help lock in skin moisture better and less will evaporate into the dry, heated bedroom air while you sleep.
Change to a creamy foundation (if not already using one). Choose a creamy makeup foundation that contains moisture boosting ingredients. Creamy foundation blends into skin and creates a more natural look than a matte finish foundation.