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Blotchy skin, irritated complexion, puffiness – having sensitive skin is no joke. Makeup is not the key to success in this situation. Start from the bottom, and look for ways to calm your skin.
According to DailyMom, high street moisturisers, washes, and toners contain chemicals which will make your skin even angrier, so this is a great time to seek out natural remedies that will get your skin calmed quickly.
Try our favorite three skin-calming steps in succession, or try one or two separately, depending on the severity of your symptoms. You’ll be feeling fresh, de-puffed, de-itched, and redness-free in no time!
GREEN GETS THE RED OUT
Green tea does a phenomenal job of calming the red pigment in your skin. When your skin is inflamed, itchy, and irritated, one of the worst parts is walking around with a blotchy red face. Green tea is a natural anti-inflammatory, and will help bring down the redness and calm the puffiness.
You can apply green tea, such as this organic version from Stash Tea, to your skin in two ways.
Boil water, and steep 4-6 teabags for 5 minutes. Then, soak a washcloth in the tea and rest the cloth on your face.
Or, you can squeeze excess water out of the teabags and apply them to your face directly.
Leave the cloth/teabags on your skin for 5-10 minutes, after which, you will see a noticeable improvement in your skin’s appearance.
OATMEAL: IT’S MORE THAN JUST BREAKFAST
Oatmeal has been used to soothe skin irritations for over 4,000 years! The secret is in oatmeal’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds called avenanthramides. Basically, that means that oatmeal will help take the redness out, as well as soothe any itchiness you have. Oatmeal helps your skin fight dryness, reduce pore size, and it also moisturizes.
We love this oatmeal mask recipe for soothing irritated skin:
2 tablespoons colloidal oatmeal (ground into a fine powder in a coffee grinder/food processor)
2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 tablespoon honey
Mix the ingredients together and let sit for 5 minutes. Then, gently massage onto your skin, forming a mask. Leave the mask on your skin for 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
NATURE’S PERFECT MOISTURIZER: COCONUT OIL
After treating your skin with green tea and oatmeal, a little additional moisturizer will help bring your skin back to its glowy goodness. Coconut oil helps your skin retain moisture and elasticity, and it also has anti-septic and anti-microbial properties.
Massage the oil wherever your skin is red, itchy, or dry, and continue to reapply as needed
Babor Skinovage PX Calming Sensitive Anti-Stress Cream immediately comforts and calms skin, and provides long-term relief from sensitivity and redness. Makes your skin more resistant to stress, including jetlagged skin. This cream has a lighter consistency and can be used as a 24hr cream or as a day cream in combination with Intense Calming Cream. You will find that your skin is visibly relaxed, calmed and your complexion does not react with redness and irritations, even in stressful situations.
- Soothes sensitive skin.
- Hydrates for 24 hours.
- Reduces redness and calms the skin in stressful situations.
- Helps skin to establish a balanced day/night rhythm.
- Formulated to enhance efficacy of active ingredients.
- Osmo-Tec – Restores skin’s osmotic balance to improve cells’ ability to receive and process active ingredients.
- Alpine Stem Cells – Stimulate and accelerate production of optimally healthy cells.
- Ginger, Bisabolol – Calm and reduce redness.
- Squalane – Improves hydration.
- Vitamin E – Antioxidant; Heals and prevents free radical damage.