Makeup, Menopause & Very Dry Skin -Dilemma of the Week

I'm a 58-year-old menopausal woman with very dry skin and my makeup just doesn't lie smoothly. Is there anything you can suggest to help me?

I hear you! As our skin changes, so too should our skin and makeup routines. My first suggestion is that you invest in a high-quality intensive moisturizer. I suggest one containing topical Vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid, which work to treat and repair skin cells.

Begin by moisturizing! To sustain the benefit, apply your moisturizer immediately after cleansing your skin, while it is still damp. Next, always apply sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 when headed outdoors.

Regarding makeup: Use formulas created specifically for very dry skin. (Most are marked "dry skin formula" or something similar.) There exist an array of creamy foundations, shadows and blushes to choose from; these non-powder formulas will work best for you. Not only are they incredibly easy to apply (you can actually do everything with your fingers), they also give you the option of easily mixing in extra moisturizer if needed.

As for powder, use it conservatively or not at all. Instead, try using blotting papers, which absorb shine without leaving a trace of cosmetic.

Women in menopause should keep in mind that oral or topical estrogen therapies can also help maintain your skin's health and appearance, so speak to your gynecologist.

Recommended Products:

Giella Custom Blended Cosmetics Liquid Makeup
Giella foundation is blended expressly for you. For dry skin, Giella adds Vitamin E to the mixture.
Price: $40
Available:, Henri Bendel New York

Shiseido Hydro-Liquid Compact
Moist and velvety.
Price: $26.00
Available: Department stores

Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Foundation
Creamy foundation and concealer in one; apply with a moist sponge. One of my all time favorite products.
Price: $22
Available: (800) 743-8205, Shu Uemura,

N.V. Perricone, M.D Phosphatidyl-E Lipid Bi-Layer Repair Face Cream with Tocotrienols
This is an intensely hydrating face cream which replaces essential lipids and repairs skin damage. I know it's expensive, but this is the finest quality product I've used. I highly recommend it.
Price: $120
Available: (888) 823-7837,, Sephora,

Lubriderm Skin Renewal Anti-Wrinkle Day/Night Cream
Superhydrating moisturizer with SPF 15 and a polyhydroxy acid content, which sloughs off dead skin cells.
Available: Mass market retailers,
Price: $10.99

Lubriderm Moisturizing Lotion Advanced Therapy for Extra Dry Skin
For the body; contains an oil and water emulsion, which keeps moisture locked in.
Available: Mass market retailers,
Price: $6.99

Delux Beauty Flush Stick in Blush
A moisturizing flush of color that's so smooth and natural it's confounding! (Another staple in my makeup bag.)
Price: $30
Available: Sephora,

Clinique Touch Tint for Eyes
A lovely, subtle palette of eye tints which blend excellently and can be layered for more depth of color.
Price: $13.50
Available: Department stores,,

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