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Changing Faces and Healing Souls

The second-degree burn on the left side of the face is no longer visible after an application of camouflage makeup.

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By: Christine Heathman
Posted: April 28, 2009, from the May 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the word “metamorphosis” means a striking alteration in appearance, character or circumstances. Metamorphic makeup therapy may aptly be described as unique to skin and emotional rehabilitation. It is also known as cosmetic makeup therapy, which involves the application of specialized camouflage makeup to cover and minimize imperfections while enhancing natural beauty, correcting facial deformities or reducing the effects of skin trauma brought on by congenital, accidental, dermatological or surgical challenges.

Looking normal

A person’s beauty and strength of character are often showcased through the face and hair, and the degree to which these features are properly accentuated or emphasized can significantly influence one’s level of peer and societal acceptance. Facial features affect a person’s self-image, which is the really important issue.

Looking normal can be the greatest—and sometimes the only—goal in life for many individuals. Facial issues may be suffered due to birth defects, disfiguring scars, abnormally distorted features, skin imperfections, dermatological conditions or postsurgical effects. Even the effects of aging are physical obstacles due to skin discolorations, uneven skin texture and broken capillaries.

In society, it can be a great challenge to overcome these maladies. You may recall the many fairy tales of your childhood that cast the heroine as beautiful and the witch as ugly and evil. These perceptions start early as innocent anecdotes and grow to become visual snapshots that remain forever. The reality is that the reflective self-image determines self-esteem and how a person acts and interacts within society.

Why is corrective makeup essential? Simply put, it provides a cosmetic therapy unique in its psychological ability to help promote self-esteem and well-being, while physically supporting healthier skin by protecting it from environmental assaults, such as pollution, ultraviolet (UV) rays and other harmful elements that accelerate the aging process and can cause skin cancer.