A woman applying retinol to her face.
How To Wear Makeup When Dealing With Retinol Peeling
Swap Out Mattifying Makeup
Retinol isn’t the only cause of your dry skin. Some foundations and concealers also have drying ingredients, and using setting powder can make it worse by highlighting dryness.
While you’re waiting for your skin to adjust to retinol, try swapping out matte products with those designed for dry skin, such as cream-based concealers or hydrating foundations.
Streamline Your Skincare Routine
Mixing retinol with other products can lead to increased irritation and dryness. If you use the wrong products, even gentle moisturizers may cause your skin to feel tight or raw.
Avoid exfoliating cleansers, masks, or scrubs as your skin gets adapted to retinol. Simply use plain water to cleanse in the morning and a soft washcloth to gently exfoliate.
Less Is More
Retinol has a tendency to cause tightness and peeling for some new users, so some experts suggest that you skip an evening between applications to lessen drying effects.
You’ll want to maintain a fairly consistent schedule, only skipping a day or two in between applications, or you could find yourself stuck in an endless adjustment phase.