How to treat skin prone to redness
Whether it's a situational bout of redness or it's something that sticks around for longer - redness is a right pain in the butt! The beautyheaven team decode what might be causing it and how you could treat this skin type.
Sensitised skin, rosacea and acne can all be culprits for your complexion looking more flushed than usual and while we would advise seeking professional help to ascertain exactly what it is, there are some changes you can make to your skincare regime which will help to ensure you're putting the right products on and avoiding anything that could cause further flare-ups.
How do you know if you have any form of sensitised skin?
Essentially, while they are all different conditions, these conditions can all present themselves in a similar way. Redness, tightness and small bumps on your face all lead to a diagnosis of a skin which is compromised. You also may feel like your skin is flaky, dry and rough to the touch which not only feel uncomfortable but it does nothing for your confidence levels. Arming yourself with the right advice and also the right products will work wonders for calming the farm in the redness stakes.
Ingredients to look for:
While different brands hero different formulations, there are some natural ingredients which reign supreme when it comes to calming:
Oatmeal - known for its moisturising abilities to the skin
Honey - a natural anti-bacterial ingredient, ideal for inflamed skin
Shea butter - rich and nourishing to dry, itchy skin
Sunflower seed oil - well known for its calming abilities and also is a great addition for retaining moisture in the skin
Thermal spring water - soothing, hydrating and calming all at once
As well as seeking out brands which include some of these ingredients, there are also some steps you can take to simplify your regime.
What to avoid
Overloading your skin ingredients that could potentially cause more inflammation is a sure fire way to cause further drama to your complexion - the opposite of what you want, so look to eliminating any unnecessary steps in your regime. Take the time to plough through your skincare line-up and take away any that are too abrasive or active on the skin . While it might not have to be forever, approaching your routine with simplicity is going to be your best bet if redness is your gripe.
Exfoliation is a no-no when you're having a major flare up - even the finest of exfoliating products can cause further inflammation, not to mention potentially breaking the surface of the skin which is already compromised.
Don’t over-wash your skin - anything more than two times per day is too much and will only cause more damage - try to pull back from over cleansing and while we're on the topic, swapping out hot water for warm will also help to reduce redness.
Sunscreen is essential. While everyone should be using sunscreen, it's even more important when sensitivity is a problem for you - ensure you're well and truly covered up with the right amount of sunscreen (two tablespoons for your face is a great start).
The beautyheaven team share some of the best brands and products which hero these calming ingredients:
bh loves: Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser and Makeup Remover, $46.90; Clinique Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam, $39; Eau Thermale Avène Spring Water, $28; Ultraceuticals Ultra-Red Action Moisturiser, $95; Trilogy Sensitive Skin Very Gentle Calming Serum, $44.99; Dermalogica Calm Water Gel, $94; Sukin Sensitive Calming Night Cream, $25.99 and Kiehls Centella Sensitive Cleanser, $60.
Do you have an tips for treating sensitive skin?