Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Best Way to Cover Your Pimples and Zits

Break outs and blemishes happen and thankfully there are products we can use to cover them up. Unfortunately, many times covering them up can make them look worse. Here are some tips to help you hide your pimples beautifully.

Your acne is red and swollen and covering it up only makes the bumps look bigger. What you can do is apply a heavy concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin. Try to select one that has ingredients like aloe to calm swelling and salicylic acid to heal blemishes. There are quite a few of these on the market. Apply your foundation, then dot a small amount of concealer on top of the pimple. Blend the edges with your finger or a sponge.

Your pimple has gone away, but you now have a dark spot and it shows through when you cover it up. Select a foundation that adjusts to the color of your skin to even out your skin tone. These are light and lovely. Then apply a stick concealer to the dark spot that matches your skin tone to lighten the dark mark. Blend the concealer with your finger until it disappears into the foundation.

You have whiteheads which can be difficult to cover.
Your best bet is a mineral concealer made of loose particles that reflect and diffuse light to take attention away from the white center. Simply apply your regular foundation, then dip a concealer brush into the pot of loose concealer and brush it directly on top of the whiteheads and blend outward. Add a little extra to the white center of the whiteheads.

You skin around your pimple is flaking and concealer just gets caught up in it making your face look cakey. First wash the flaky area with a gentle exfoliating cleanser, Neutrogena has a great one for sensitive skin, or use a wash cloth to gently slough skin. Smooth on an oil-free moisturizer. Then dab a thin layer of foundation onto the pimple and blend. Repeat application of thin light layers of foundation until the pimple is covered.

Remember, you don't need to apply foundation all over your face, only to the areas that you feel need evening out. Only wear makeup and concealer, etc. when you need to face the world. If you are just hanging out at home, keep your face makeup free and just treat pimples with a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid pimple treatment. Be sure you wash your face every night before bed. Sleeping with makeup is the worst thing you can do for your skin. Apply acne treatment before bed each night. That's the best time to heal your skin as your body goes through great repair when sleeping. Also, stress causes breakouts. Try to minimize the stress in your life by practicing relaxation, getting enough sleep at night, exercising, and maintaining a healthy diet with as little processed foods as possible. Processed foods are often high in salt, sugar, and fat; all bad for your skin.

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