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Redness relief: living with rosacea

Redness relief: living with rosacea

 

Blushing seems to be something that is endearing and sweet. An honest and uncontrollable reaction. 

But if you suffer from rosacea chances are your thoughts on ‘blushing’ aren’t so rosey. It’s often painful, uncomfortable and let’s face it, something that you become very self-conscious about.

If you’re unsure if you have rosacea or what it is, the first sign is usually ‘blushing’, where the face becomes flushed and red. This is predominately on the cheeks, nose and chin.

What is rosacea and what causes it?

The blushing is caused by the capillaries of the skin (the small surface blood vessels) enlarging. With repeated episodes, these vessels may burst causing the redness to intensify and even exposing the skin to the risk of inflammation and infection.

It’s not known what causes rosacea, but we do know there are some factors that seem to trigger and increase the severity of the flushes. Things like alcohol, hot drinks, spicy foods, overexposure to sunlight, overheating or stress can bring on rosacea.

So, what do you do if you have a flare up?

 

Handle with care

Avoid anything that is likely to overstimulate or irritate your skin – this includes products and tools, like makeup brushes.

While it might be tempting to try and ‘clear’ the symptoms, whether that be with creams, serums, or trying to cover redness with makeup, try and resist this urge. Although you may get some form of instant gratification, your skin is weakened and therefore susceptible to infection.

Also, anything with artificial colours and fragrances, synthetic or extremely active ingredients may inflame the skin more and cause further damage.

It’s best to think of your approach in more of a long-term plan, rather than a quick solution. As with your body, a more rounded and balanced approach to diet has a healthier and sustainable outcome in comparison to a crash diet.

Look for natural ingredients that work with the skin’s natural functions and support the healing process that won’t overstimulate the skin.
 

Essential Nutrients

One of the best ways you can help treat sensitivity is to introduce Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). As the skin doesn’t produce its own EFAs they need to be consumed and/or topically applied to achieve these benefits.

EFAs protect delicate and irritated skin by helping it retain moisture, soothing dry skin and reducing skin irritation. They create a seal that keeps the skin nourished and protects it from harmful irritants and toxins.

The topical application of EFAs helps to rebuild the skin’s barrier function to provide protection from both pollution and extreme weather conditions. Maintaining these healthy oils on the skin’s surface increases hydration, softness and elasticity, while protecting it from harmful bacteria.

EFAs also helps with the absorption of other nutrients within your skin care which will aid the skin’s ability to heal.
 

Keep. It. Simple.

Keeping it simple is essential. We really want to nurture and care for the skin, especially during the cleansing process.

It's important to remove any alcohol, high pH or foaming cleansers that strip the skin of its natural moisture and disrupt the skin's natural processes.

Our Smudge Budge is a gentle and soothing cleansing oil balm that will gently melt away and cleanse pollutants and toxins from the skin without stripping the skin's protective lipids. Nutrient rich oils from coconut, pumpkin and tomato also help dissolve congestion, but also help nourish and soothe the skin.

We also recommend Green Juice, a multi-purpose recovery balm that is packed full of essential nutrients for the skin. These nutrients strengthen the skin’s natural healing processes, reducing inflammation, irritation and redness, while nourishing oils boost the skin’s protective lipids to smooth dryness.

It can be used in place of a night cream and is perfect to help repair the skin’s barrier. This oil balm is 100% natural and safe enough to even be used on the delicate skin of babies from 4 weeks old.

 

P.S. To help keep your sensitive skin hydrated and protected in between flare ups give our Star Quencher day cream a try. It’s a gentle, lightweight formulation that provides breathable, all day protection and helps ease irritation.

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