Skin camouflage involves the skilful application of camouflage products to blend a specific area into surrounding skin, balance out the skin tone and restore a natural vista. Skin camouflage can be applied for a number of reasons – from temporarily covering an undesirable feature, such as a bruise or a tattoo, to more remedial uses, such as concealing psoriasis, rosacea, vitiligo, acne, birthmarks, or healed scar tissue. Although a physical change is not possible with skin camouflage and there are limits as to what can be achieved, a reasonable illusion is often attainable.
What to expect
Your therapist will carry out a full consultation, which will include discussing your concerns, expectations and how realistic these are, and whether the skin camouflage is required as a one-off application or one that you wish to be replicated on a daily basis. Your therapist will then choose an appropriate camouflage preparation that matches your skin tone, before using specialist application techniques – with a brush, sponge or their fingers – to conceal the relevant area and blend it into the surrounding area. The product will then be set, to promote long-lasting wear.
Depending on your expectations, your therapist may then teach you the techniques and skills needed to apply the preparations yourself. You may be able to apply your usual make-up over and around the camouflage area, if required. Your therapist will give you some aftercare advice, which may include emphasising and drawing attention to another area or feature with cosmetic make-up to increase the overall effectiveness of the skin camouflage.
Benefits of skin camouflage
Skin camouflage can bring about psychological, physical and social benefits to those who are experiencing an altered image, helping people to cope better with scarring and various skin conditions, which can enhance their self-esteem. As skin camouflage preparations have a greater density of pigment, ability to resist water and remain waterproof, and durability to resist fading throughout the day, they can give you greater confidence in continuing everyday activities, including playing sport or attending social occasions, or wearing clothes previously avoided.
Choosing a therapist
It is important to choose a qualified skin camouflage practitioner who has undertaken the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of this particular therapy.
By choosing an skin camouflage practitioner who is an FHT member, you can be confident that they are professionally trained, qualified and insured.