The Best Way to Conceal Sunburn

Beauty/Skincare, Featured Article, Healthy Living, Skin Center, Sun Protection
on July 8, 2013
Ways to conceal a sunburn.
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Are you red-faced over your summer sunburn? Hopefully you understand now that prevention is the best cure, and you’ll never leave home without your sunscreen again. In the meantime, here are some tips for covering up your sun mistakes.

First, Prep Your Skin
Many soothing after-sun creams have anti-inflammatory and healing properties that will also help you conceal your burn. As soon as you can, slather on a product like G.M. Collin’s After-Sun Cream ($32, gmcollin.com). Or look for any skincare line designed to combat redness, like Skinn Skinnaturals Triple Relief System ($49, skinn.com), which uses fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6, wood plant and white tea extract to soothe. At night, you can do damage control with a mask containing hydrating and soothing properties such as G.M. Collin’s Hydramucine Cream Mask.

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Then, Prime It
When it’s time to finally leave the house, lay the groundwork for good-looking skin with a foundation primer, which will help neutralize redness, even skin tone and extend the wear of your all-important foundation and concealer. Prime Time Neutralize by Bare Minerals [$23, bareminerals.com is great for reducing redness and combating flaky skin, and the mineral formula won’t irritate your angry face. Or browse the drugstore aisles for any primer with a green undertone to help cancel out redness. We like L’Oreal Studio Secrets Color Correcting Primer in Green ($12.99, ulta.com).

Smooth on Foundation
You’re probably better off sticking with your favorite foundation instead of trying something new that might irritate your already upset skin. (If it doesn’t contain SPF, make sure one of the other products you apply does.) But the application process can sometimes make your skin redder. You can mix your foundation with a little moisturizer or serum to help it go on more smoothly and avoid agitating flakes. Also, invest in a makeup sponge applicators that will stipple on your makeup with minimal rubbing and blending needed. Try the original Beauty Blender ($20, beautyblender.net) or look for something with a similar shape.

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Finally, Set It
Just before you walk out the door, use a setting spray to lock everything in place. Choose one with aloe, like Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray ($29.50, urbandecay.com) or other cooling ingredients like Jane Iredale D20 Hydration Spray ($18.50, janeiredale.com), which contains chamomile and ylang ylang extract. Take the spray with you in your bag and refresh your face with a spritz several times throughout the day to help replenish lost moisture.