Everyone suffers from it sometimes, an unsightly spot on the skin. One person thinks it’s fine and the other wants to get rid of it as quickly as possible. If the spot is in a conspicuous place, such as the face, many people take some action to camouflage it. The fact is that something that is different is the first thing that attracts attention to most people.
Dangerous or not
It is important to determine the cause of any spot on the skin and to ensure that it is not dangerous. Consider the different forms of skin cancer that can be dangerous. If it is not dangerous, the question is whether it is temporary or permanent. Both can be camouflaged if desired, but you then have to ask yourself whether you want to camouflage it. Sometimes something just belongs to you and it is a matter of acceptance to be viewed. However, there are also plenty of times when it might be more useful to camouflage the place.
Think of the innocent places:
- Port wine stains
With these spots, the bruise is only temporary and it is therefore useful to think about what to do with the spots that you will have for life. It should be noted that certain smaller port-wine stains can be removed through plastic surgery or laser therapy. This process can possibly be initiated in consultation with the GP.
Camouflage or accept
In any case, when it comes to acceptance, it is important how the environment has dealt with it from the very first moment. A port-wine stain on the face is there from birth and if it is treated normally from that moment on, the child will not know any different. Of course, children ask each other what you have, but that is part of it and if you think it is normal, you can convey it as such.
Things become different during puberty, for example. Children become conditioned at a relatively young age and during this period they want to belong. Everything that is different from the regular and the known raises questions or worse. As a result, teenagers do everything they can to fit in. Saying that it is not necessary is rare for this age group. Then camouflage can be an option. This also applies to rosacea, where rosacea can range from barely visible to large spots, often on the cheeks, nose and chin.
Camouflaging can be done in different ways and depends on what it is. The bruise: when you have a bump (and you know it is going to turn blue), prolonged cooling can make the emerging bruise slightly smaller, it also relieves the pain and is therefore always useful. You can camouflage the bruise, or whatever color the spot may be at any time, by applying a cream-colored concealer. If the color is very intense red/purple, this concealer preferably has a salmon or peach color. If the color is more towards blue, green or brown, a color in the range of your own skin can be chosen. Just a few shades lighter. Do not apply it in a thick layer, but spread it well over the skin and it will neutralize the color.
For couperose, a concealer in a lighter shade (max. two shades lighter) than your skin is usually sufficient. Especially if it is on the cheeks and nose, one or two shades lighter is always better. The lighter color suppresses the intensity that a couperose spot can have and makes the face look even.
Port-wine stains are often a bit more intense (apart from the fact that they can also lie more on the skin) and there is a special make-up for that that you can learn to apply with some professional help. Regular make-up or concealer does not help in most cases.
For all three methods of camouflage, you can cover them with a normal make-up powder (of course in the color that normally matches your skin). A solid powder or loose powder, where you have to learn to apply it with loose powder. Inexperienced use will quickly result in too much powder on the face and the ultra matte shade will then not look natural.
If you don’t want to camouflage it but distract attention, you could consider doing something with your clothes or shoes. Don’t touch everything, just touch part of your outfit. Think about:
- A very different color of shoes
- Beautiful large leather belt with striking closing piece
- A large piece of jewelry (for example a long coarse chain or a large bracelet)
- If you have the hair for it, a large hair ornament is also possible.
It goes without saying that what stands out must be part of the entire outfit and not a goal in itself. Besides being daring, it should distract attention.