You could be suffering from an allergy, have a cold or flu, or have had a minor reaction and irritation. And then disappointingly you look in the mirror to find your face puffy and red.
Here are our essential tips for how to reduce redness and get that glow back on your skin!
Colds and allergies are associated with a lot of moisture loss: sneezing, runny noses and eyes. As well as drinking water, it is therefore absolutely imperative to moisturise with either a facial oil or a moisturiser formulated for dry skin to help lock any moisture loss from the face. The added layer of oil on the skin should also make it harder for the allergy-causing substances to enter the skin and trigger a reaction. It’s important to spend 2-5 minutes massaging the products into your face to promote fluid drainage.
2. Reduce redness
Try not to use any products with essential oils as these contain known irritants which will only increase the redness you are experiencing. Look for liquorice root extract which helps to constrict blood vessels and therefore has a brightening effect. Other ingredients with a brightening effect include Vitamin C and, kojic acid and azelaic acid.
3. Make your own soothing face mask
Put 2 cups of water heated to 60C into a bowl, add 1 tea bag of green tea, 1 bag of peppermint tea and 1 tea bag of camomile tea, and leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Dip small dark facial cotton towels into the tea and gently wring so the towels aren’t dripping. Cover with cling film and place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes or longer, take them out after this period of time and place over the face and relax.
4. Careful with your make-up
Dry powders or foundations should be avoided as they will just accentuate dry skins that are common when redness attacks. Dark circles will also be more prominent so use green-pigmented concealers to help combat these. Needless to say, add a touch of bronzer for a little glow and use waterproof mascara.