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I started breaking out for the first time in my life when I was 28 years old. After seeing a dermatologist about those nodules, she prescribed an intense and super-strong topical acne cream to help treat and prevent future breakouts. No doubt the prescription therapy worked, but my skin was damaged as a result. To say it’s dry is an overstatement, as even the gentlest moisturizers make me wince in pain.

Makeup, as you can imagine, is a struggle. Any powder, cream, or liquid foundation I’ve tried to use on my face dries up and flakes off a few hours later thanks to my dry foundation. That was the case until I tried Ilia Beauty’s Super Serum Skin Tint.

I’m almost hesitant to call this a tint because it’s more of a facial treatment. The formula is infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid, squalane, and niacinamide to help keep my skin hydrated as it gives me even skin tone with a dewy glow. Those ingredients also smooth fine lines and help calm redness. Skin tone has built-in SPF 40 for protection from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, and it’s silicone-free, fragrance-free, oil-free, and non-comedogenic so won’t clog your pores and lead to breakouts. Acne. And it comes in 30 different shades, so it’s likely most will find one that works best with their skin tone.

Another factor that sets this skin tone apart from other liquid makeup is application. Ilia really recommends shaking the bottle, then using a dropper to squeeze a little of the product onto your fingertips before applying it to your face. I was hesitant to do this at first, as applying powder to my face felt out of place with the more careful process I’m used to, but the brand says “apply like a serum” , so I did. I’m impressed that it doesn’t stick to any dry parts of my face like any other foundation, and it doesn’t feel like there’s anything on my skin when I’m done. Instead, my face looks more even, feels more hydrated, and I don’t feel the need to add more product to my look.

Since Ilia’s skin tone is created like a skincare product with ingredients that actually improve skin, this makeup has made my skin less dry since I started using it – something I have never seen before. Now I think I’ll talk about makeup.

For anyone with dry skin looking for a little relief from flaking this winter, click Ilia and order yourself a jar of Super Serum Skin Tint now. But hurry, it’s starting to get cold outside.

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