Planning a big weekend, or have an event or date coming up? It’s enough to battle nerves and excitement, never mind also having to worry about a psoriasis or rosacea flare. These helpful tips may calm skin for a more radiant look.
Dry skin patches
- For soft, glowing skin, avoid excessive cleansing. Some do this to help cure trouble spots, especially patches with acne, but this may strip extra moisture that the skin needs. Instead, cure dry skin by emulsifying water and oil in your hands, massaging on the skin, then patting with a damp towel. You can repeat a few times for added hydration. Do this daily.
- Across the board, Eucerin lotions appear to be one of the best for calming and hydrating dry skin, trouble areas and skin conditions. If you find this lotion doesn’t irritate you, emulsify it instead of or in addition to the oil, and incorporate it into your daily routine.
- Make sure to use liquid blush and eyeshadow instead of powder since that may cause flaking. Apply makeup with cosmetic sponges or dab with clean fingertips to blend with skin, which should limit irritation.
Keep skin hydrated and redness to a minimum by taking lukewarm showers instead of hot showers. Hot water can aggravate redness and shock skin when going from hot to cold environments, causing a flare up. Sooth your skin with products that contain chamomile or hyaluronic acid, which is very light and great for sensitive skin.
Make sure to keep cool. Try to avoid spicy foods and red wine. Both have been reported to cause flare ups.
- When getting ready to apply makeup, prep skin by first using oil and ointment to smooth rough patches. This helps primers and makeup go on evenly.
- Be sure to also apply sunscreen or an SPF moisturizer, since the sun can aggravate rosacea. Dust your face lightly with a sheer or mineral highlighting powder to even your skin tone and create a photo finish.
- The right makeup foundation also can help balance redness and skin tone. Yellow tinted concealers help to cover mild skin blotches, while green tinted concealers help to balance redness on flaky skin.
- Use what you’ve got to your advantage Cheeks that are affected by rosacea are naturally blushed. Around the cheeks, use concealer lightly for a natural, radiant blush tone.
Pamper your skin with seaweed or oatmeal baths. These help keep flaking and itching at bay. Make sure to sanitize your loofah routinely or use fresh washcloths to avoid exposing skin to bacteria. Use caution when shaving or purchase an electric razor, which can help reduce lesions on the skin. After showering, serums and oils work best instead of lotion for hydrating skin and treating scaly patches. A brightening serum can also help even skin tone and create a radiant appearance.
Forscalp psoriasis, look for products that have salicylic acid, such as T-Gel, which can help with itching and flaking. Concentrate the shampoo on the scalp instead of all over, and avoid shampoos with sulfates to protect the hair from damage.
- For glowing skin that’s consistent, make sure to follow a strict shower and prep routine. First, shower and exfoliate, then immediately apply ointments followed by your moisturizer. Once set, apply makeup, if desired.
- To avoid excess flaking, use liquid makeup as much as possible, even for blushes and shadows. This also is recommended for skin with eczema that may flake, too.
- Sometimes skin with psoriasis can get very red. If so, gently use a green tinted concealer first, then blend foundation on top to cover red patches.
- Going for a red-lip look? If your skin tends to also get red, compliment it with blue-red lip colors instead of orange-red tones. Look for plum, berry, and wine-colored lipsticks and glosses. For an added pop, lightly use a peach tone on cheeks.
- Balance redness and uneven skin tones on the legs and body by using a body foundation or airbrush bronzing spray.
- Pampering skin with a bubble bath may sound good but won’t be good for your skin. Instead, soothe skin by adding chamomile beads or seaweed to a bath. Only stay in the bath for up to 10 minutes. Beyond that, water can start to strip your skin of moisture.
- Taking a weekend getaway? Use bottled water as much as you can for drinking, cooking and cleansing. Changes in mineral quality have been reported to dry out or irritate skin with eczema.
- If you do notice a flare up, keep outbreaks from spreading by using a hydrocortisone cream if a dermatologist has prescribed one, or talk to your dermatologist about receiving a prescription.
- Apply lotions and creams instead of oil immediately after showering to best hydrate your skin. Gently blot skin dry as it’s still damp instead of rubbing.
- Try to avoid dairy and drink lots of water in the days leading up to a big night. Dairy has been reported to cause flare ups, and water can help hydrate and cleanse from the inside out. If you find you’re out and are suffering from an outbreak or need to scratch, try a wet dressing on skin for a few minutes, as a quick fix to relieve symptoms and get back to enjoying your night.
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