Monday, November 14, 2011

Red Cheeks Are For Elves

Dry, ruddy skin can be a problem, especially during the fall/winter months. No matter if it is due to chapped, sensitive skin or naturally pink hues, it can cause unwanted redness.

Although a natural flush is pretty, splotches of red can be uncomfortable. And depending on the severity, it can make the most confident of us self-conscious. But don't worry, there is help. Before you pile on the concealer, try one of these easy treatments for temporary relief.

Green Tea
1. Green Tea: Green Tea is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, which will re-hydrate and replenish the skin.

Brew the tea and dilute with cold water. Use a clean cotton ball or pad and rinse the face with it. For severe redness brew the tea extra strong and do not dilute. Place the tea in the freezer to cool down.

(Tip: the tea can also be frozen in an ice cube tray and then pop a cube out when you want to use one.)

2. Ibuprofen or Aspirin: Both are anti-inflammatories which will reduce redness. Refer to my previous blog post Zits Be Gone. Remember an Aspirin mask will also reduce breakouts.

(If allergic to Aspirin us the Ibuprofen)

3. Benadryl: Or any other antihistamine will reduce redness temporarily. You can take a pill form orally according to package directions. For those last minute quick fixes use the cream on the red areas of the face.

(Caution: Use the cream sparingly because it can cause the skin to thin.)

4. Turmeric: This spice, like Green Tea, is an anti-inflammatory. Mix a little with water to make a paste for a mask, add some honey to make it sticky, and rub onto the face to gently remove red spots. I suggest leaving it on for no less then ten minutes to make sure it absorbs into the skin.

5. Visine: Not only does it get the red out your eyes, it will do the same for the skin. Visine is a vasoconstrictor, which makes the blood vessels smaller and less visible, resulting in a less ruddy appearance.

Use a cotton swab or ball and apply to red areas. This will also work on blemishes (zits/pimples) that are inflamed and red.

So this winter keep the healthy flush and leave the rosy red to Rudolph and the Elves.

And Always
Stay Fabulous

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