Redness is a common cause of concern and one of the most persistent skin care issues. Although the reasons behind flushed skin might vary, the solutions to the issue are fairly similar. In this post, I’ll share three tips I have been using to calm my skin with great results. These are small changes you can include in your everyday routine and will help you achieve clearer, calmer skin.
The temperature of your skin has a great impact on the appearance of your complexion. A millenar skin care secret tells you should splash cold water on your clean face for a period of 3-5min (the equivalent to 40 splashes). Sounds too simple? Experiment cleansing your face in the morning and applying this technique for an impressive, DYI treatment. During the day you won’t have the chance to repeat this procedure, but cooling mists will do the trick.
There are long-established ingredients proven to calm even the most distressed skin. Search for Snail Mucin, Aloe Vera, Centella Asiatica, and Camellia Sinensis when choosing your skin care and stay away from irritating ingredients. Products with a high concentration of fragrance, denaturated alcohol, and acids are not your best friends. Choose gentle skin care instead, and don’t rush your product application : it should respect the needs of your sensitive skin. Prefer soft tapping, upward movements, and your ring finger in the place of fast, rubbing motions which are detrimental to your skin.
This may be the hardest part for some, since there are many reasons why your skin might be giving you the red alert. Some common causes are sensitiveness to skin care ingredients, unprotected sun exposure, excessive dryness, food allergy, and rosacea.
Irritating ingredients: If your skin tingles and burns after a certain product application, cast it off. There is something there that doesn’t make your skin happy, even if the label promises the shortcut to perfect skin. Replace it for a formula you can trust and ingredients that are reportedly safe. At Honeysu, we curate only harsh-free formulas and all products are suitable for sensitive skin.
Sun exposure: If sun is the reason your skin is irritated, it means you are not applying (and reapplying) sunscreen. It’s fine if you cannot get a tan naturally, some of us have fair skin and pushing the boundaries of your (lack of) melanin is only going to hurt. Love your skin and give it what it needs, sometimes that is as simple as sunscreen (everyday, everywhere).
Excessive dryness: Dehydrated skin, especially in winter, can turn red and blotchy. It’s okay. You need to repair your moisture barrier and even if your skin is naturally dry, there are many solutions to your issue. Start a new skin care routine combining soothing and hydrating products until your redness is under control. Commitment and discipline will go a long way here (don’t stop after the redness is gone, maintenance is key!).
Food Allergy: If your redness is the result of food allergy, pay attention to your diet and try to eliminate the substances that are causing your skin to react. If these are unknown to you, test your tolerance ! Remove triggering ingredients from your diet, such as deep fried, carbonated and dairy products to see how it reacts. It’s that simple. Lactose and Gluten intolerance may also result in skin problems, so open your eyes to anything that is hurting your body.
Rosacea: Do your parents have permanent red, blotchy skin? If yes, maybe you want to look into the symptoms of rosacea and consult a dermatologist. But before jumping into conclusions even before the help of a doctor, remember that not every persistent redness is caused by rosacea. In fact, many of us are led to believe redness = rosacea, but many of the reasons highlighted above could be confused with it if left untreated. As always, self-awareness is your best friend !
Are you suffering from flushed skin? What have you learned in this journey? Let us know in the comments below!