My eczema was mainly in the face (around my eyes, mouth) back of the knee, and elbows. I now have it under control. Still, in certain situations, you can see that my skin is sensitive. On days hotter than a desert resort in Hades, the spots shoot up my neck. And when autumn sets in, my cheeks and nose spontaneously turn strawberry. My daughter is ravishing in red, but it’s not this lady’s color!
With sensitive / eczema skin, you should always be careful about what you apply to your skin. You want to give your skin as few stimuli as possible. The only stimuli you want to deliver should be restorative or calming. It was therefore quite a quest to find the right products that could camouflage these red spots.
1. Eczema on the face: Camouflage with color
Eczema in the face looks very red (on a clear skin tone). The trick is to camouflage red with the color green. I can already hear you thinking… “green”? Yes, green. If you mix the primary colors red, yellow, and blue then you get the secondary colors orange, green, and purple. The secondary color covers the primary color opposite it. So green covers red, orange covers blue, and purple covers yellow. You then apply a shade over this camouflage color that comes closest to your own skin color. Science… finally helpful!
Another key? I prefer to work with mineral make-up from a holistic skin specialist. She can show you right away how best to use it on your skin. If something is natural, it doesn’t automatically mean your skin will benefit. For example, I have to be careful with mother-of-pearl. Because even though this is made of shells and therefore a natural material, my skin can still have a bad reaction if a flare-up is in progress. If my skin is already feeling 100%, then mother-of-pearl is fine for me. It’s crucial to always “listen” to your skin and act accordingly.
2. Protective layer
An important tip→ Before applying a camouflage color (or other make-up) always apply a protective layer first. Such as? This can be your day cream, an Aloe Vera gel, or some jojoba/coconut oil. Make sure you massage the greasy plant oil with damp hands as that helps the oil absorb more into your skin. If your skin is too oily, you will not get the camouflage applied very well. Because the camo will slide over the oil.
3. Spatulas and clean fingers
Quality is extremely important for products that come into contact with your skin, especially if you have eczema in the face, but working clean is even more important. I prefer to work with my hands. So wash your hands with mild soap and massage them immediately with jojoba oil. Dab your hands, don’t rub, but dab. Listen close, this is key! Take a clean spatula and use it to get some camouflage out of your jar. Now continue working with your fingers from your spatula.
Do this with everything! Any product that you want to apply to your skin that is not in a pump or squeeze bottle can be removed with a clean spatula. With your fingers (no matter how well you wash) you can always transfer bacteria, which then multiplies in your jar. After a month, your camouflage cream will be a gross breeding ground for bacteria!
4. Take care of your brushes
If you work with brushes for your makeup, clean them over and over after each use. This is best done with your own cleansing milk. Apply a very small amount of milk in your palm and run the brush through it. Do this with back and forth movements and do not turn. Let me clarify – this way the hairs of your brush keep their proper form. Rinse well. Again, make sure that it is only the hair that you rinse. If you submerge the entire brush under water, the glue with which the hairs are attached will dissolve faster and your brush will break. The wooden handle will also break down faster if you wet that every time. In these cracks, bacteria can start to grow too. Squeeze the brush well and put it on a towel to dry. You see, it is just as important to take care of your makeup and brushes as it is to care for your skin itself.
I am very curious, where does your eczema pop up? Can you cover it with gloves or is it mainly on your knees? Do you also have spots on your face? How do you deal with those? Leave a comment, looking forward to hearing your experiences.