Try these tricks to combat red skin.
One of the most frustrating and unpredictable skin concern is the redness, which is often exacerbated by the harsh weather conditions many face this time of the year.
“Redness is caused by the circulation of the blood, resulting in visible dilated capillaries close to the surface of the skin. This is genetic, but is made more prominent by exposure to the sun, extreme temperatures, hot showers, spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes,” celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau told Fox News.
While you unfortunately can’t change the weather and would not want to give up the vices that can contribute to a red face, but fortunately, there are steps you can take in your skincare regime to combat the unwanted problem.
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Rouleau recommends adding the products in your routine developed for the irritated skin that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients. “Look for products that have descriptions with words like ‘soft’, ‘anti-redness’, ‘ of ‘soothing’ and ‘relaxing.'”
She also suggests, with a gentle peel to help speed up the cell renewal. “Ingredients such as white tea extract, rosehip oil, bisabolol, lactic acid, glyolic acid and sea whip extract (soothing marine extract) are all good,” she said.
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Products that repair the moisture barrier of your skin are important, as well. Look for products with ingredients such as borage oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil, which can help reduce the redness and irritation. The Toner is also an important step not to be overlooked as it can help lock in moisture after cleansing.
It is also a good idea to skip the hot water when washing your face, and even store your products in the fridge for an extra cooling effect. “Cleansing, toning and moisturizing with cool-temperature products will constrict the blood vessels to relieve redness and irritation,” Rouleau said.
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Pay attention to labels, so that you know what you are doing o your skin and can prevent ingredients that will worsen the problem. “Steer clear of drying ingredients hold of sulphates, soap, and certain alcohols. Look for sulphate-free cleansers and avoiding ingredients such as SD Alcohol 40, Denatured Alcohol, Ethanol and Isopropyl alcohol. Common alcohols that are good to use on the skin are retinol, cetyl alcohol and oleyl alcohol,” Rouleau advised.
If you are struggling with red skin, give these products a try.
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser, $14.99; at Target
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, $25.07; Paula’s Choice skin care
REN Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask, $42; Sephora
Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics Calmin Serum, $250; at Violet Grey
Renée Rouleau Redness Care Firming Serum, $44.50; at Renée Rouleau
Renée Rouleau Skin Recovery Lotion, $43.50; at Renée Rouleau
Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel-Cream, $16; Biossance
Herbivores Lapis Facial Oil, $72; on Herbivore Herbs