Great skin is a few things:
- Free of Blemishes – See this Pimple Prevention post.
- Tight and Firm
- Full of Dewy Glow – Check out our Dry Skin Guide.
- One, Even Colour
Even tone is everything if you want to go foundation-free (the goal of every woman since puberty hit), but Redness caused by larger problems such as Rosacea or Eczema, hyperpigmentation from years of sun-damage, or general discoloration can seem impossible to solve.
Thankfully, we’ve put our heads down and done some research that can help you meet your skin goals.
Step 1 – Determine the Cause of your Redness
Redness can be caused by many, unsuspecting things that you use/do every day. Determining the cause of your redness is the first step toward even tone.
Let’s look at a few causes of redness for more clarity…
Problem: Sunburn – We’ve all forgotten the S.P.F. before. You’ll notice your skin may be warm to the touch, swollen, and may have dryness/peeling or blisters, depending on severity.
Fix – Thankfully, these superficial burns should disappear in a few days with the help of Aloe Vera and a cold-compress, if needed.
Problem: Heat Rash – Glands become blocked due to heat, friction, and sweating. You may notice flushing, with white, clear, or red bumps rushing to the surface of your skin. These may be itchy or “prickly”.
Fix – Keep yourself cool, clean and free from pore-clogging or heavy lotions and the situation should resolve itself in a few days.
Problem: Eczema – Allergic reactions pop up in the most embarrassing ways, and eczema is no different. It may resemble a burn, with dry, weeping or oozing blisters.
Fix – Solving Eczema requires investigation and possible allergy testing to determine the exact cause and eliminate reactions.
Problem: Contact Dermatitis – Similar in appearance to Eczema, this reaction will have clear borders and appears in the locations touched/affected by the allergen.
Fix – Determine the offending cause, and soothe reactive areas with Aloe Vera or medicated lotion from your Doctor.
Problem: Rosacea – A chronic disease of the skin, which requires constant monitoring to control. Characterized by extremely sensitive, red skin which may have raised bumps or areas, broken blood vessels, and/or stinging/painful acne.
Fix – Preventing outbreaks is the key to controlling Rosacea. Avoid products with Alcohol, Menthol, and products that roughly exfoliate sensitive skin. Contact your doctor to help determine your triggers.
Step 2 – Relax!
We know, easier said than done.
The fact is, stress is one of the biggest contributing factors to breakouts and reactions of all kinds: acne, eczema, and rosacea LOVE to get their grubby little hands on a little bit of the stress hormone, Cortisol for the fuel they need to kick into high oil, sebum, or puss-manufacturing gear.
Looking for a few tips to eliminate stress? Here’s a list of ideas we found on WebMD…
8 Ways to Ease the Effects of Stress on Your Skin:
You probably can’t avoid stress completely, but you can try ways to handle it better. Try these approaches:
- Don’t neglect your skin. Take care of it with natural skincare products that nourish and protect your largest organ.
- Get regular exercise. Improve circulation, fight viruses and get a dose of stress-reducing endorphins to keep you feeling breezy.
- Self-Care – Take time for yourself to do something you enjoy, even if you only have 10 minutes. Take a bath, do a clay mask or scrub. Whatever suits you. Here are 45 ideas for simple self-care from Tiny Buddha.
- Take a walk around the block to clear your mind and change your emotional direction whenever you feel overwhelmed.
- Practice stress management techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, or visual imagery. Sitting with yourself is a great way to work through complex feelings.
- Get enough sleep. 7-8 hours is recommended, but your body is the best gauge for how much sleep you need.
- Say no. It’s OK to set limits and boundaries to lower your stress.
- Talk to someone. Seek support from a friend or a professional therapist. Nobody can do it alone.
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