Over the past year I have discovered that I develop some sort of under eye eczema during the colder months. Though it has appeared before it in the past, I have recently felt it standing out more now than ever. The rough texture and dryness of my under eyes is totally not flattering, it makes my under eye makeup look crepey and gives the appearance of wrinkles underneath my 20 year old eyes.
Now, for someone who was blessed with prominent and extra dark dark circles, not using makeup underneath my eyes is not an option. The eczema has certainly bothered me and I am definitely not the only person who has struggled with this. So, I have set out to find the best way to cover eczema on the face with makeup without your makeup looking bad. Which is extremely difficult because makeup always looks 10 times better on a smooth surface versus a rough one.
Treating The Skin First
First and foremost, your makeup won’t look any better if you don’t try and treat the problem first. Meaning, make sure the area is properly moisturized before you start your makeup application. Like I said earlier, makeup always looks best on a smooth surface. So, hydrating the rough skin will help smooth and calm it down as much as possible.
Try and choose something specifically catered to eczema or is known for being good for eczema. The one and only thing I’ve found so far that really does help with my under eye eczema is Aquafor. It has definitely calmed down my eczema from what it was.
There’s actually even a National Eczema Association that has a list of products that have been NEA seal approved for use on eczema.
Going along with hydrating the affected area, make sure you aren’t applying makeup, or any facial products for that matter, that contain drying ingredients. Even if you moisturized beforehand, using a product that is drying will irritate the area and make it much more prominent.
Some common drying ingredients found in makeup and skincare are; fragrances, preservatives, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, retinol, SD alcohol, denatured alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, sodium chloride, AHA acids, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate etc.
Avoiding drying ingredients also includes avoiding any matte foundations or concealers and avoiding powder as much as possible. Both matte foundations and concealers and powders will accentuate the eczema.
In lou of using matte products, go for super creamy ones instead. If your eczema lies on your cheeks, you can opt for a cream bronzer and blush. Same with foundation, you can opt for a tinted moisturizer or one that is super hydrating.
A full coverage, beautiful foundation I have come to love is the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwearing Foundation.
Another brand that focuses solely on creams that I have been adoring lately is NUDESTIX.
Lastly, both brushes and sponges are known for harboring bacteria no matter how hard you clean them. Bacteria can irritate your eczema and using a swiping motion on an area you want to stay as smooth as possible does not help your case.Try using your (cleaned) fingers instead with tapping motions. Bonus, the warmth of your fingers will help melt those cream products into the skin.
With the colder months here already, I felt this was the perfect post to get out to all of my fellow eczema friends. I hope this post helps someone tremendously!