don’t make me blush

Whew! MAN has it been a while. So excited to finally have some time to breathe, sit down and write a little something. I wanted to take some time to write about an issue that I think we all come across at some point, and maybe suffer with more often than we would like!

Embarrassing red skin.Whether its a rash, breakout, etc., there are tons of reasons our skin gets red. Changing weather, diet including sugar and caffeine, skin conditions, heredity, stress, sun exposure are some of the things that may trigger reddening skin. The good news: there are things to help prevent these breakouts, as well as fixes if they’ve already taken place.

A few weeks ago, I had these awful rashes under both eyes that were dry, itchy, red, and refused to allow any makeup to stick. So not only were they terrible to look at makeup-less, but when I attempted to cover them to go out of the house, my foundation didn’t want anything to do with those awful patches. I was hopeless. Long story short, after trying everything, I figured out that my new delicious-smelling, butter-feeling Estee’ Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-oxidant Creme SPF 15 was the cause. I have to believe (because I don’t know any ingredients that I would have been allergic to in the lotion) that high perfumes could cause skin irritation. This is something we should more than likely completely avoid.

The more natural the ingredients, the better. An amazing, amazing, AMAZING moisturizer I replaced the pricy Estee’ Lauder with is Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer with SPF 30. Bought at Walgreens, $18, it contains lots and lots of natural ingredients, is SO lightweight, and still smells so good; very clean.

Some other tips that will help with skin redness:

-Always use sunscreen (find moisturizers with sun protection such as the Aveeno Moistuizer). A suntan on a face of course always looks great, but really girls, the wrinkles later in life are so not going to be worth it. Besides, that’s what bronzer’s for!

-Eat antioxidants. Some antioxidant rich foods include oranges, dark red/purple berries and pineapple. Or you could take a supplement containing vitamin C and E daily. Antioxidant infused topical skin creams are also recommended for people suffering from rosacea. (as long as they’re not high in perfumes!)

-I’ve heard a fabulous product for redness in the face is Eucerin. Though I’ve never tried it for my face, I have tried other products that have been lovely. So for the face? It’s worth a try!

Lastly, stay away from (as much as possible; let’s be realistic) spicy foods, caffeine, dairy products, and some medications used to treat high blood pressure.

If there is ever a time where you have a strange breakout that is not of the norm for you, you can get a hydrocortisone topical cream from a pharmacy and use for about a week. If the rash is not clear within a week, start to plan on a doctor’s visit. Use a .5% regular strength cream to avoid too much harshness on the face.

That’s all I got for now, and have learned lots of this from experience. Hope these tips help and can assist in fire-face prevention!

xxoo,

christine

**picture 1 was taken from wellandgoodnyc.com

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