Each week, we're going to run a series of blog posts dedicated to skincare education without all the jargon so you can buy with beauty confidence. Last week we asked you what you wanted to know about. We listened to your most common skincare concerns and this week we're talking about redness.
One of our lovely Beauty Club Community members @NatashaeJones kindly posted a picture of her red cheeks (featured above) and like anyone else who suffers from redness needs some advice and product recommendations on how to combat redness. So, here's what you need to know...
What causes skin redness?
Flushing, redness and rosacea is caused by increased blood flow through dilated vessels in the skin that causes them to expand. As a result, redness usually occurs around the centre of the face, chin, cheeks and forehead. Triggers of skin redness vary from person to person but here are the most common factors.
1. Over exfoliation
After exfoliation skin is normally red for a short period of time. However, if redness persists for longer periods it means you've over-exfoliated which results in broken capillaries that cause redness, tightness and overall sensitivity. Alway's opt for a gentle exfoliator with natural ingredients.
2. Heavy exercise
Although it's important to exercise, strenuous activity especially cardio increases heart rate and blood flow which in turn, aggravates redness and rosacea.
3. Weather and pollution
UV light and heat from the sun's rays along with daily pollutants and environmental aggressors can cause skin to inflame and irritate redness. It's important to strengthen skin's barrier by keeping it highly hydrated and protected with a moisture boosting moisturiser and SPF.
Although we all love to have a tipple or two, alcohol (especially red and white wine) contain the highest levels of histamine which triggers redness and aggravates rosacea.
5. Spicy food
Spicy foods and hot spices are a no-no. The heat from spicy food and hot spices cause flare-ups in an in instant.
6. Hot showers and baths
We all love a long hot shower or a relaxing soak but heat from the water and steam strips skin of its natural oils and proteins so rashes and redness are exacerbated. Skin will also feel tight and itchy. Also, avoid using soap as soap is drying on the skin and also strips skin's natural oil. If soap is your thing, opt for a mild, fragrance-free soap or moisturising shower gel.
Ways to combat redness...skincare
Generally, the rule to combat redness is to opt for products that have fewer ingredients in them and ones that are gentle, mild, fragrance-free and natural.
Enriched with antioxidant iris, this serum is specially formulated to be gentle on skin and composed of 79% naturally derived ingredients. Its corrective green-tinted texture helps to calm skin and leaves a feeling of freshness. The ideal solution to ease reactive, sensitive skin. Combined with the 'Capture Youth' cream, the Redness Soother serum appears to reveal perfect skin quality.
Ways to combat redness...make up
Opt for mineral based make up that is kind on your skin while helping to reduce the appearance of redness.
Made with just five mineral ingredients and provides beautiful, buildable coverage with a naturally luminous finish. This award-winning mineral foundation protects your skin with SPF 15 and diminishes the appearance of imperfections without drying the skin out.
Visible redness and broken capillaries virtually disappear for hours with this instant relief mineral pressed powder. The patent pending complex calms skin while the antioxidants help to protect skin from external aggressors.
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