Sensitive, red skin flares up in the winter, when the air is dry and the conditions harsher, especially if you are winter sports enthusiast.
A rosy flush is all the welcome, but when a pinkish hue turns into redness that is dry, inflamed and blotchy, the look has lost its appeal, and its comfort. The red skin you get in the winter can be treated in the convenience of your home with a few foods and products that you likely already have on hand.
Winter weather is harsh on our minds and bodies, but don’t let reddish skin hold you back from putting your freshest face forward. Instead, take control of your skincare regimen so that you address season-specific stressors, like the cold, wind and snow. These 3 tips are basic ways to improve your complexion and reduce discoloration.
1. Eat cool
Let’s start with the diet. It is important to take in foods that won’t trigger inflammation. These include meat, animal byproducts and foods that are processed, packaged and sugar-laden. Eat foods packed with antioxidants that help to hydrate the skin from the inside out. These include every vegetable, but emphasize carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli. Stay away from spicy foods and herbs, which increase circulation to the face and can cause flare-ups. Stick to a plant-based diet, utilizing spices that are mellow and less active than pepper spices.
2. Grapeseed oil
Grapeseed oil should be in your skincare regimen regardless if you experience red skin in the winter or not. The oil is a panacea to all skin problems, including eczema, acne and wounds. The flavonoid oligomeric procyanidin found in grapeseed oil is an antioxidant that is 50-times stronger than vitamins C and E. Therefore, it protects skin from cell and tissue damage as well as free radicals.
3. Wash carefully
Check yourself before you wash yourself. The temperature of water comfortable for your body in the shower is not necessarily apt for your face. Wash your face with warm, not hot, water to prevent causing a flare up of the red skin or from making facial skin ever the more dry. Pat, not rub, the face dry with a soft cloth towel.
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