Beauty routines and psoriasis

Beauty routines and psoriasis

Beauty routines and psoriasis: Navigating Makeup and False Tan with Psoriasis

Living with psoriasis can be challenging, especially when it comes to beauty routines. Psoriasis, an autoimmune condition that causes red, scaly patches on the skin, often requires careful consideration of the products and techniques used for makeup and false tan application. As someone navigating the intersection of skincare and aesthetics, finding a balance between feeling your best and managing your skin condition is crucial. Here are some tips and insights for wearing makeup and false tan when you have psoriasis.



Makeup Tips for Psoriasis



Prepping the Skin



  • Hydration is Key: Before applying makeup, ensure your skin is well-hydrated. Use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturiser to soothe and protect the skin. 
  • Primer Power: A good primer can create a smooth base for makeup. Choose a hydrating primer that suits sensitive skin and helps to reduce the appearance of scales and redness.


Choosing the Right Products










  • Foundation: Opt for lightweight, buildable foundations. Full-coverage foundations can sometimes accentuate flakiness. Mineral makeup can be a good option as it is less likely to irritate the skin.
  • Concealer: Use a creamy concealer to cover any stubborn spots. Apply it gently with a brush or your fingertips, blending well into the surrounding skin.
  • Non-Comedogenic Products: These are less likely to clog pores and cause irritation. Always check the labels and choose products free from harsh chemicals and fragrances.


Application Techniques





  • Gentle Touch: Use gentle patting and dabbing motions rather than rubbing. This reduces the risk of aggravating your skin.
  • Brushes and Sponges: Ensure your makeup tools are clean to avoid bacterial contamination, which can lead to flare-ups.


Setting the Makeup





  • Setting Sprays: Instead of powder, which can highlight dryness, use a hydrating setting spray to keep your makeup in place.
  • Avoid Over-Powdering: If you do use powder, apply it sparingly to avoid aggravating dry patches.


False Tan and Psoriasis



  • Moisturise: Apply a thick, fragrance-free moisturiser to ensure an even application of the tanning product.


Choosing the Right Tan 


  • Patch Test: Always do a patch test before applying false tan to ensure it doesn’t irritate your skin.
  • Gradual Tanners: These products build colour slowly and are often more forgiving, reducing the risk of streaks and uneven patches.


Application Tips:





  • Apply Carefully: Avoid applying false tan directly on active psoriasis plaques. Instead, use a lighter hand in those areas to prevent the tan from accumulating and appearing darker.
  • Blending: Use a tanning mitt or a brush to blend the product evenly across your skin.


Post-Application Care


Moisturise Regularly: Keeping your skin hydrated helps maintain both your makeup and tan, and it can prevent flare-ups.

Gentle Cleansing: Use gentle, non-irritating cleansers to remove makeup and tan, avoiding harsh scrubbing.

Monitor Your Skin: Pay attention to how your skin reacts and adjust your routine accordingly. If you notice increased irritation or a flare-up, give your skin a break from makeup and tanning products.


Embrace Your Beauty


Living with psoriasis doesn't mean you have to forgo makeup or the confidence boost of a sun-kissed glow. By choosing the right products and techniques, you can enjoy these beauty routines while managing your skin condition effectively. Remember, the key is to listen to your skin and prioritise its health above all. 

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