Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fix It: Redness

I know there are a lot of people out there that, like me, have a hard time covering redness. There can be a number of reasons as to why your face gets red. For some people it can be very simple but for others, it might be a more serious condition that needs to be discussed with a doctor. For this post I just wanted to mention some simple steps that you can take to try and reduce any redness you may have. All these steps have helped me so I am sure they will help you as well. If they don’t, then you very well may need to see a doctor, but hopefully just doing these simple steps will be enough.

Use gentle products. I feel that more often than not, the reason for skin becoming red is because of the products we use. I never realized how big of a difference there can be with just changing some of the everyday products we use. I used to use cheaper priced skin care products and never really thought that they could be the reason my skin was so red. I then tried a slightly more expensive skin care brand (click HERE) and was amazed at how much redness was reduced.

Go natural. I highly recommend using as many natural products as possible. There can be a number of chemicals in products that cause irritation and redness. One of the most popular is alcohol. Alcohol actually causes dehydration which leads to redness. It may not affect everyone the same way but I would suggest going for natural products and see what results you get. I never really considered myself to have sensitive skin but I've learned that my skin can be sensitive to certain products and ingredients.

Wash and dry correctly. Probably the simplest step but often gets overlooked. After washing your face it’s best to pat your skin dry as opposed to rubbing. When you rub the skin, the roughness of the washcloth (and the motion of rubbing) can cause irritation and leave your skin looking red. Also, it’s best to use warm water when washing your face. If you use extremely hot temperatures of water it can cause redness by drying out the skin.

Hydrate. One big culprit of redness is dryness. Making sure your skin stays well hydrated on the outside as well as the inside is very important. What you put in your body greatly reflects the way your body looks on the outside so make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Also, make sure you are using a good moisturizer every day. If you are using a moisturizer but still see redness or have dry flaky skin then you need to find a better moisturizer. A good moisturizer won’t leave you with flaky, dry skin.

Get your vitamins. There are a number of vitamins that you can obtain orally or topically. Some vitamins that I know are good for the skin in many ways are A, B, C and E. these vitamins are great for fighting off bacteria that can cause acne, reducing inflammation and helping hydration. You can get these vitamins from eggs, milk, beans, potatoes and all kinds of fruits and vegetables. You can also find them in pill form or in a lot of facial creams, serums and oils.

Those are my simple steps to reducing redness in the skin. Again, I know some of these seem so simple but they really can make a huge difference in the overall appearance of your skin. I have personally put all these steps into practice and have noticed a huge change. There are a few other steps out there that you can take but these are the ones I have done and know from experience that they work. If you have tried any other options at reducing redness or try any of these steps I would love to hear about it! Thanks for reading and hope these steps help you as well!

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