Some days back, I got this email from a reader:
"CZ!!! i need your help please!!! Rote in to u soo many times but i just havent heard from you!!!! wats a gurl gotta do to get your attention huh????!!!! :P ;) Its summertime and that = lots of sweating and melted off makeup on the face!!! :@ I desperately need you to recommend a good waterproof long lasting liquid foundation for me!! Ive heard liquid foundations are good for heavy coverage ie cover pigmentation, melasma?? :S I suffer from pigmentation of the upperlip and i generally wear foundation on tat part and spread it out a bit to lighten the pigmentation but coz of the summers it melts all over!!! :\'( im desperately in need of help CZ & only U can help me!!! I dont trust salesladies at makeup counters to give a honest enough opinion!! I had written to you on your lakme mousse review page to but still no reply!!! Please please pleaseeee help!!!! Or ill stop recommending your name to my friends!!!! *muahahha* :P ;) ok maybe that was being a bit too dramatic but wats a gurl without some drama huh?? ;) PLEASE REPLY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!! :)
Ri!! :) "
Firstly, I'd like to say to all those whose distressful queries/comments I have not replied to, most times I simply forget! Sometimes I go back to an old blog post, see a comment I think I should have replied to but completely FORGOT, and I feel very bad. Very bad. Same with emails. So, my sincere aplologies if I missed replying to your queries. I advise you to resend sometimes so it pokes me "Reply....reply, woman!" Believe me, I forget to reply to emails from people who want to give me free stuff & money, too. This head, I tell you.
Okay, below are my favorite products that help me conceal dark patches & blemishes:
- Oil-free Foundation Primer: Primer is what will help your base stay on longer, especially in sweaty conditions. My favorite is Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil Free, and Too Faced Primed & Poreless is also not bad.
- Medium-to-Heavy Coverage Creamy Foundation: I find that a creamy foundation works better on hyperpigmentation, just like a creamy concealer is better for under eye circles. Especially if you're going to use a creamy concealer afterwards, a creamy foundation would be more compatible with it. Right now, I like Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Airbrush Foundation because it's kind of creamy. Other Options are: Kryolan Supracolor, Colorbar Triple Act Compact (which is a foundation, concealer & compact in one), MAC Mineralize Foundation SPF 15. Of course, I still use Liquid Foundations too & I like- Revlon Colorstay for Oily/Combination Skin & Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, L'Oreal True Match Foundation.
- Tattoo Concealer: After foundation, apply concealer on your dark patches. I prefer creamy ones here as well. My most used concealer is MAC Studio Finish Concealer.
*After applying concealer, pat everything with a damp makeup sponge. This helps the products adhere to your skin better. I used to do this when my dark patches were out in the open.
- Loose Powder: Set everything with loose powder. Loose powder looks more natural than compact powders. I like- The Body Shop Loose Powder, Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder. Of course, you can also use compact powders, but use a powder brush instead of the puff that comes with it, for a non-cakey finish.
- Oil Blotting Sheets: You NEED these for all-day shine-free face, and they are great to use before retouching your powder during the day, because it's unhygienic to apply powder on a greasy face. Basically, they are thin oil-absorbing sheets, which you can use to pat off excess oil from your face. Sometimes, you wouldn't need powder after using them, coz they make the skin look matte already. I currently use Clean & Clear Oil Control Film (the blue thing up there) but they are not easily available in India. Other options are Inglot Oil Blotting Sheets & The Body Shop Tree Tree Oil Facial Blotting Tissues.
- Cleansing ~ Hyperpigmented skin falls under sensitive skin category, so avoid soap- especially if you are using a strong prescription cream. Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion is best. But when it's very hot & my skin gets really oily, I like to use a foaming face wash like Pond's Clear Pimples Facial Foam.
- Serum ~ Serum is a concentrated formula which you can use to target specific skin concerns. If your problem is hyperpigmentation, you pick a whitening one. If your problem is wrinkles, you pick anti-ageing one. It could be a substitute for moisturizer. I have used a bunch of serums, but I haven't really found a miracle worker yet, so I'm not going to recommend any right now.
- Moisturizing ~ Skin needs to be moisturized for smooth/even makeup application. I like Cetaphil Mosturizing Lotion, especially when I have pimples too. But you can use anything that suits you.
- Sunblock ~ A MUST! Sun exposure will only increase the size of your dark patches and cause some more. Tried & liked ~ Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunblock, Lakme Cucumber & Lemongrass Whitening Sunblock
- Exfoliation ~ Use a face scrub 2-3 times a week to remove dead skin cells. I like to use a whitening one like Lotus WhiteGlow Oatmeal & Yogurt Skin Whitening Scrub
- Microdermabrasion ~ This is a bit stronger than a basic face scrub. I've never gone for professional microdermabrasion services, and I've only done it at home with Pond's Age Miracle Resurfacing Microdermabrasion Kit
- Night Treatment Cream ~ Of course, you need a special cream that will banish your dark patches (Forever, we hope!). Something with Hydroquinone is recommended. I have used some controversial creams, but I'm not going to go into that right now. I suggest you do your own research on Dear Google and find out what most people with this problem are using.
Hope that helps everyone suffering from Hyperpigmentation & Melasma. I realize this is a very complicated topic that could go on forever, so I will keep posting tips & let you know the products that work for me.
♥ Cynthia Z *.*