Care of skin with red cheeks – Rosacea:
Rosacea, red cheeks, is a condition that affects many people, more especially pale skinned women. It is characterised by facial erythema (redness) across the nose and cheek area. It affects both sexes, but red cheeks are almost three times more common in women, and tend to become more aggravated as the menopause age approaches.
Rosacea begins as redness across the cheeks, nose and can also affect the forehead, neck and chest area. In some cases it can include small domed shaped bumps (papules), pustules and can cause a burning or stinging sensation with changes in temperature, after consuming hot spicy foods or alcohol. Stress is also a contributing factor to increasing the redness and breakouts of rosacea.
As the skin is more sensitive towards cosmetics and beauty products, and because rosacea can have periodic flare ups it can be sometimes difficult to ascertain what products are upsetting the balance and increasing the symptoms, so it is better to use natural products with good moisturising qualities. The Intensive Restoring Facial Balm or Intensive Restoring Hydrating Cream is excellent for use on red cheeks and sensitive skin prone to redness as it is soothing and calming with natural butters, herbs and oils and will soothe and moisturise. Both are best used together with the Intensive Restoring Facial Mist and Intensive Restoring Facial Serum to both your hydration and oily needs are met. The combination of hydration and moisturising will de-sensitise the condition and help reduce the redness across the nose or on the cheeks. Rosacea is not contagious or infectious but it is not recommended to share towels or products as bacteria can cause the spots to spread.
Follow these simple make-up tips for skin prone to redness:
- Clean and clear: Cleanse with the gentle Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm, mist with the hydrating mist, apply the hydrating serum and them the Intensive Restoring Balm or Hydrating Cream depending on how dry your skin is. All products are ideal for use on sensitive skin.
- Keep it simple: The more ingredients and products that you apply to your skin, the more likelihood of your skin becoming irritated. Avoid anything that stings or irritates and always use a sun protection factor with UVA and UVB protection, as sensitive skin is more prone to sun damage.
- Use a green-tinted base: A sheer green-tinted primer will even out any imperfections and correct the redness. It will also help your make-up to last longer.
- Less is more: Foundation should match your natural skin tone as closely as possible and concealer should be one shade lighter than your skin colour. A lighter application will be more complementary than trying to cover everything. Mineral make-up is a good choice, and a brush, rather than a sponge can minimise irritation. It typically doesn’t contain any potentially irritating ingredients and there are wonderful innovative mineral powder formulas, formulated to colour-correct redness. Also, a yellow-toned mineral powder over the foundation can further tone down red cheeks. Always blend well into the hairline and jawline and keep your brush for your own use to minimise the transfer of bacteria.
- Touch of blush: Go easy on the cheek colour, but a little is good to add contour to the face. You will also find that the redness from rosacea is not where you will want the colour. Sweep a sheer blush from the apples of the cheeks to the temples.
- Easy on the eyes: Eyes can be sensitive if you have signs of ocular rosacea. Select products for sensitive eyes, allergy tested and fragrance free ideally. Mascara should be easy to remove as additional rubbing can irritate. Mineral powder eye shadows are better for eyes susceptible to rosacea symptoms and neutral colours, both in shadow and eye pencils, may also be less irritating than strong bright tones since they have less pigment.
- Lips: Who knew lipstick could be so much fun. Outline lips with a lip pencil and fill in with a fun shade. Steer away from blue reds as they can make your skin look more red, but go for warm reds, peaches, rusts and nudes. Apply a little gloss on the centre of the bottom lip to make your lips look fuller.