Dry skin is a common skin type. It requires different skin care techniques than other skin types, for example, it does not tolerate harsh products. Women who have dry skin can benefit from mineral make-up, as it is much lighter, more subtle and nourishing.
Characteristics of dry skin
Dry skin can be caused by many factors, but the most common is low sebum secretion. Sebum is a protective oil secreted from sebaceous glandsand its purpose is to lubricate, moisturize and protect the skin. When there is not enough sebum, the skin is more sensitive and prone to blemishes. It also has a parched look and feels tight and uncomfortable.
Dry skin easily becomes flaky, chapped and sometimes even with cracks. This skin type requires a lot of moisturizing, as it is the only way to eliminate the uncomfortable feeling of dryness.
Dryness can be aggravated by harsh weather, exposure to sun, wind, pollution and also by heavy use of make-up and cosmetic products. For this reason, women who have dry skin are often advised to use mineral make-up.
Mineral make-up for dry skin
The main reason why mineral make-up is suitable for dry skin is that it does not contain artificial fragrances, dyes, preservatives and filler materials. Its main ingredients are ground minerals, like zinc oxide and mica, which are beneficial for the skin.
This kind of make-up comes in various forms, from loose and compact powder to liquids. Liquid make-up is generally more recommended for women with dry skin, because it moisturizes and nourishes, while loose powder may accentuate the dryness and flakiness.
Dry skin is often prone to blemishes because it is very sensitive. Mineral make-up provides medium to heavy coverage but without the caking effect. In addition, as it nourishes the skin, it makes it look very smooth and supple.
Mineral make-up also allows the skin to breathe, which is very important.
Best mineral make-up brands are the ones that offer an oil-free formula. It may seem that oil is good for dry skin, but in fact it is not. Applying oil to the skin will just hamper the production of sebum and the glands will not work properly. Normal functioning of sebaceous glands is what the dry skin needs, so there is no need to aggravate the situation by using oil-based formulations.
Using a damp brush or sponge is a great trick for adding extra moisture when applying mineral foundation. It may also help to spray some water or facial mist after applying the foundation and of course before applying other make-up.
Another great trick for getting rid of the tightness is to mix the mineral foundation with some moisturizing lotion or cream.