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Ever find yourself frustrated with your foundation, even after investing in pricey products? We get it. You’ve got all the high-end materials to build that perfect base, but somehow, it still turns into a cakey mess.

This common woe is known as foundation pilling, and according to skincare experts on TikTok, it’s often triggered by the mishmash of silicone-based and water-based products, skin dehydration, and overlooking your regular skin exfoliation.

Curious if you’ve inadvertently been guilty of these foundation faux pas? Read on to find out, and hey, we’ve got a secret weapon ready to tackle all your cakey foundation problems!

Why Your Foundation Ends Up Looking Cakey

Reason #1: Mismatched Product Chemistry

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Credits: @makeupbymonicaa/TikTok, @marysherb/TikTok

Using a combination of silicone-based and water-based products may create a conflicting environment on your skin. Silicone-based products are typically water-resistant, creating a barrier on the skin.

On the other hand, water-based products are designed to be absorbed. The clash between these formulations can lead to uneven application, causing your makeup to clump and pill.

Reason #2: Dehydrated Skin

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Credits: @makeupbymonicaa/TikTok, @mangomoniica/TikTok

When your skin lacks proper hydration, it not only misses out on natural oils but also tends to develop patches and create an uneven surface.

Certain areas may readily absorb your foundation, while in others, it might cling to dry patches, creating challenges for smooth application and contributing to makeup pilling.

Dehydrated skin also lacks elasticity, making it difficult for foundation to settle evenly. Instead, your makeup will accumulate in areas with fine lines and creases, resulting in an overall cakey look.

Reason #3: Neglecting Exfoliation

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Credits: @roseandben/TikTok, @giseleayora/TikTok

When you don’t exfoliate on a regular basis, those stubborn dead skin cells start to accumulate on your skin surface, making it rough and difficult for foundation to apply evenly.

Furthermore, this accumulation will impair your skin’s ability to absorb moisture efficiently, making it hard to have a supple base for foundation to glide on smoothly.

Residual products from previous applications will also accumulate. And as new foundation is applied over the layers of product buildup, it becomes more prone to separation and breakdown throughout the day. This can cause your foundation to pile up in patches, resulting in a cakey finish.

Finding the Perfect Balance Between Regular Exfoliation and Skin Hydration: HydraFacial

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High concentrations of exfoliating agents can strip away your skin’s natural oils. They also interfere with your skin’s natural pH level and moisture balance, leaving it susceptible to dryness and irritation.

Excessive exfoliation may even remove your skin’s protective outer layer, making it more vulnerable to environmental factors that contribute to dryness. As a result, balancing your exfoliation routine with moisturising is crucial, but it takes a delicate touch and a lot of trial and error.

Enter the game-changer: HydraFacial, an all-encompassing exfoliating treatment designed to cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and combat ageing in a single session.

Which HydraFacial Treatment to Try

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HydraFacial is a comprehensive facial treatment that exfoliates your skin gently, removes impurities and dead cells, and infuses it with nourishing serums. This dual-action approach not only gives you instant porcelain-smooth skin that’s red-carpet ready, but it also has long-term benefits for your overall skin health.

Aptly named the Red Carpet Glowing Skin Facial, this gentle yet effective Hydrafacial treatment at Dermstétiq Clinic is able to efficiently tackle various skincare concerns in just 30 to 60 minutes.

Dermstétiq Clinic Red Carpet Glowing Skin Facial

It uses a unique vortex technology, combining physical and chemical exfoliation with a special blend of 7.5% glysal prep-glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid. The result? Swift exfoliating peel results without any risk of skin irritation.

In contrast to traditional microdermabrasion, Dermstétiq Clinic Red Carpet Glowing Skin Facial not only promotes smoother and deeply hydrated skin but also addresses issues like oily skin, congestion, and post-acne concerns.

What sets Dermstétiq Clinic’s HydraFacial apart is its versatility for individuals with parched or uneven skin tones. It rejuvenates your skin by infusing it with a potent mix of vitamins, minerals, essential nutrients, and botanical extracts, leaving it visibly brighter and healthier.

And the highlight? Each HydraFacial session stimulates collagen production, enhancing your skin’s elasticity over time.

You can also rest assured, because Dermstétiq Clinic’s HydraFacial is entirely safe and free of side effects, making it an excellent choice for everyone.

What Sets Dermstétiq Clinic Apart?

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Dr. Tan Hui Suan

Dermstétiq Clinic stands out as a premium establishment offering a comprehensive range of medical aesthetic treatments that are FDA-approved, HSA-certified, and MOH-certified, specifically curated to cater to the nuances of Asian skin.

Under the guidance of Dr Tan Hui Suan, whose medical journey spans over a decade from the University of Manchester to Aesthetics Medicine, the devoted team at Dermstétiq Clinic is dedicated to helping you attain the coveted glow of radiant, healthy skin.

Dermstétiq Clinic also emphasises on personalisation, commencing each treatment journey with a meticulous skin assessment.

Following this, a thoughtfully designed, customised skincare program will be expertly crafted, incorporating treatments tailored to your age, skin type, and lifestyle to ensure optimal results.

How to Book Your Appointment for Dermstétiq Clinic’s Red Carpet Glowing Skin Facial

And there you have it – the secret’s out. The key to overcoming flaky makeup or, better yet, attaining clear, glowing skin that doesn’t require makeup is Dermstétiq Clinic’s Red Carpet Glowing Skin Facial.

Grab your appointment with Dermstétiq Clinic for just S$180 if you’re a first-time customer and see the remarkable transformation for yourself.

Enjoy Dermstétiq Clinic's Red Carpet Glowing Skin Facial at a first-trial price of S$180 (U.P. S$380 per session)!

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