Red is a beautiful colour, except for when it may be on our face. I personally love a little rouge on the skin but it may not be for everyone. Redness on your skin can be caused by a number of reasons, ranging from external factors (like exposure to UV rays or temperature of the weather) to heredity and genes. Whilst we cannot control all of these factors, there may be a few things we can do to help reduce the severity of the redness.
1. Reduce your alcohol and coffee intake - avoiding drinks like alcohol and coffee may help reduce redness in your skin as both these stimulate blood flow and therefore dilate blood vessels, making your skin appear more red.
2. Apply cold compresses - Applying the cold will hopefully help to constrict the blood vessels making your skin less visibly red. There are a number of ways you can do this. I like to keep ice packs in my freezer so that I have them on hand and ready to go. I would just recommend that you wrap the ice-pack in a towel before applying it to your skin as the cold can be too harsh, having a polar effect. You could also use a cold canned drink and massage it along your face or simply wet a towel and hold it against your skin for a few minutes.
3. Aloe Vera - aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties and is great at reducing redness, which is why we use it in our Vitis Vinifera Rejuvenating 3-Step System. You can go one better if you have a natural plant and apply it directly onto your skin.
4. Cleanse your face regularly - cleansing on a regular basis not only helps to keep your skin clear, but it can also help to regulate and circulate blood flow.
5. Colour Correcting - seeing results of reduced redness may take a while. So in the meantime, we can colour correct areas where there is just a little too much red for our liking. Using a green colour corrector will help to neutralise the red. Apply before applying your preferred method of coverage. (See our colour correcting guide below)
If you feel like you suffer from particularly red skin, we would recommend that you seek medical advice before undergoing any treatment. Get to know your own skin a little better by having it analysed by a specialist. Or, if you just feel you get the occasional redness, try out our tips as above and see how you go.
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