Dryness, skin tightening and flaky skin are common problems associated with winters. Some areas on your face such as your lips and the area around your mouth and eyes tend to get drier. Applying makeup on dry, flaky skin can be tricky. Even if you moisturise it well and apply foundation, it starts to flake off after some time, making the dryness appear more prominent.

So does that mean you should stop applying makeup during winter? Of Course not. Simply follow the genius tips mentioned below to keep your foundation from flaking, especially around the mouth.


01. Use a cream-based cleanser

cream-based cleanser

Winter is a time when you should try and trap as much moisture into the skin as possible. Avoid using harsh, chemical-based cleansers when the weather is cold. Instead, opt for a gentle, moisturising formula like the Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash that will eliminate the dirt without stripping the natural oils off your face.


02. Mild exfoliation

Mild exfoliation

To avoid accentuating the dry and flaky skin around your mouth, it is important to gently exfoliate your skin before applying makeup. However, don’t use a scrub with big or harsh beads as that will further irritate the skin and cause tears. Opt for a mild exfoliator like the Dermalogica Daily Age Smart Superfoliant that gets the job done without irritating the skin.


03. Moisturise


You might already be slathering a lot of moisturiser on your face this season. But instead of using a heavy formula that your skin may find difficult to absorb, pick something lightweight like the Ponds Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser With Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E. It comes with nourishing ingredients like vitamin E and glycerine, both of which are known for their powerful hydrating properties that’ll keep your skin soft and supple under layers of makeup.


04. Don’t skip primer

Don’t skip primer

Apart from making your foundation last longer, the primer also adds an extra layer of protection on your skin. It creates a barrier between your skin and makeup, thereby preventing the foundation from settling into the dry areas of your face. Use a primer with nourishing ingredients like Lakme Absolute Under Cover Gel Face Primer. It comes with vitamin E, so you don't have to worry about your skin feeling (or looking!) too tight or dehydrated.


05. Mix oil with foundation

Mix oil with foundation

Lastly, the formula of your foundation also plays a vital role. Using a liquid foundation is not enough, so add a few drops of oil such as almond, argan or jojoba to it. This will nourish the skin around your mouth and prevent flakiness. Or simply use an oil-based foundation like the Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation SPF 45 that’ll keep the skin hydrated while giving you a flawless, flake-free finish.