Wedding and Body Makeup
Last year I was asked to take part in a wedding as a bridesmaid, which occurred this past summer. Initially I was extremely excited to be a part of the sacred nuptials, which in the past wouldn't have been the case due to my psoriasis. For 20 years I have battled psoriasis, allowing it to stop me from a variety of activities that required me to show my skin, but this time around I was free. I was on a medicine that took my body from being 90% covered by psoriasis to virtually clear. This was the first time in my life I could wear whatever I wanted comfortably.
My friend sent me the dress choices and I picked this beautiful chiffon sleeveless dress that hit all the way to the floor. I was particular excited because the color the bride chose looked awesome against my skin tone. We were all set and I was ready for her big day, so I thought.
Well a few months before her wedding, it seemed as though the medicine I was currently on wasn’t working as well. I started to see new spots after I used the medicine. So I took it upon myself to stop my treatment to try natural remedies. This was a big mistake. I urge you to never stop using a treatment without speaking with your doctor first! There was a lot I did not know when discontinuing my treatment. Within a month my psoriasis was back worse than before. I became really worried and depressed. I was very afraid of ruining my friend's wedding with my spots of distractions. I needed the focus to be on her one-hundred percent and NOT my psoriasis. At this point it was now time to consider other alternatives such as makeup or cover ups. I expressed my concerns to my friend via text and this was the conversation that followed (I’m in the green):
Good friends are so hard to find. I was so excited that the bride-to-be was ok with me using alternative methods to feel comfortable. So I set out on my journey to find the perfect body makeup for all skin tones. If you decide on this body makeup make sure to do a test on your skin to check for allergic reactions, and always consult with your doctor if you have more concerns. I am by no means an expert or makeup artist but here are the steps I took to use my body makeup! Also, check out the video tutorial I also did here, which provides steps, pictures, and more.
Moisturize your skin very well. This removes the dry and flakiness that comes with having psoriasis. (Note: If your plaques are really thick and flaky, body makeup may not be the best option.)
Take a towel and wipe off excess moisturizer.
Apply the make up with your sponge of choice until you are happy with your coverage.
Apply the setting powder, which is supposed to stop the makeup from rubbing off.
The pro's to the makeup is obviously the coverage. But there were a few con's which included:
- While it wasn't a lot, some of the makeup did rub off on my clothes. I had to be particularly careful on how I placed my arms and interactions with other people including hugs or arm bumps. I did not want to be responsible for getting makeup on anyone.
- As stated before the makeup does not change the texture of your skin, only covers it. So if you have really inflamed flaky patches this may not be the appropriate method for you. I think this method would work best for those with some types of psoriasis.
Any suggestions made are not intended to replace the advice of a qualified medical professional. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to making any changes to your treatment, exercise or diet routine.