Rosacea: Strategies For Coping With The Holidays
Tis the season for a rosacea flare-up. If you are one of the millions of Americans dealing with rosacea, the changing weather combined with the hectic holiday season can wreak havoc on rosacea. Here are some tips & strategies for navigating the upcoming holiday season successfully.
For most people the primary signs of rosacea can be a flushed and reddened face, whitehead-like pimples, rough bumps, cheeks crisscrossed with red filigrees of broken capillaries and in severe cases, a thickening of the skin.
AVOID ROSACEA TIGGERS
During the winter and holiday season, managing your exposure to the triggers that cause rosacea can be challenging. So, it’s important to be mindful of your mental and physical healthy.
Most people suffering with rosacea have identified stress as the number one tripwire for flare-ups. For some its beverages like hot coffee and tea, for others it’s cocktails or red wine. Other well-known triggers include spicy food, sun exposure and heat. Do your best to minimize or avoid known triggers while celebrating.
Focus on eating your veggies and fruits. It takes a tremendous amount of self-discipline to control all the temptations that surround us during the holidays. We consume a lot of meat, fish, dairy, eggs, cheese, processed foods, and alcohol which can result in painful flare ups.
Try eating seven or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day is a great way to help fill your stomach with nutritionally dense foods. Compared with other snack foods (like chips, crackers, and cookies), vegetables and fruits not only contain fewer calories, but they have more nutrients and fiber that will fill you up faster than traditional snack foods.
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ROSACEA HOLIDAY SKINCARE GUIDE
First and foremost you should also be mindful of your skincare products and how to use them should a flare-up occur. Switch to chemical and fragrant free or products if you aren’t using them already. When you have a flare up, don’t try to calm and clear skin by adding exfoliants and masks to your skincare regimen. Less is better until your condition calms down, so keep it simple and stay on top of your skincare.
Avoid hot baths and showers: Hot water can dry out your skin, so try to keep your showers or baths lukewarm.
Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers including your shampoo: Harsh soaps and cleansers can strip away the natural oils in your skin, so opt for gentle or moisturizing cleansers instead.
Instantly calm and refresh with a toner: Toners are usually a skincare step that people tend to overlook, especially for those with rosacea. But they can be super beneficial, especially when they are made specifically for sensitive and rosacea skin types.
Face toners prep the skin for moisturizers and serum while getting rid of excess oil and stubborn dirt or makeup leftover on your face after you wash it. But they’re not a replacement for washing your face. They also help to balance the production of oil and the pH of skin.
Toners are not a one-size-fits-all product. The reformulated toners of today are used to target a varying array of skin concerns. When choosing a toner, make sure to stay away from those that contain drying alcohols that can trigger flare-ups for people with rosacea.
Our Toning Mist for Sensitive and Rosacea Skin combats redness and dryness as it instantly soothes and calms while reducing inflammation. It’s great for people who experience breakouts immediately after exposure to heat, cold, wind, and UV. This soothing spray is enriched with vitamins and extracts to immediately penetrate the skin’s surface and calm the redness down.
We also offer a travel/trial size that is ideal for carrying in your purse or car. When an unexpected hot flash or flushing occurs, just sprits it on the affected area to instantly calm the irritation down.
Moisturizing regularly: Now that dirt, grime, and make-up have been washed away, it’s time for the moisturizers, serums, and spot treatments. Make sure that they are formulated specifically for sensitive and rosacea skin type. Simpler is better when it comes to moisturizer for rosacea.
Try our Facial Cream for Sensitive & Rosacea or our Light Facial Lotion for Men that are formulated with a blend of gently yet active ingredients that hydrate and moisturize to strengthen and repair skin’s barrier. Even more, it helps restore skins natural balance giving you a healthy glow and leaving it revitalized and refreshed.
Our Ultra-Calming Sea Buckthorn Cream can be used as a spot treatment or added it to your PM and/or AM skincare routine. This incredible, multi-purpose cream penetrates quickly to strengthen, repair, heal and protect the skin barrier. It’s a heavier cream that leaves skin soft, silky smooth and healthy. Sea Buckthorn Oil has a natural orange pigment that dissipates quickly into the skin and it won’t stain clothing or sheets.
Treat your skin with a few drops of our beloved all-natural Rapid Repair Serum that’s formulated for sensitive skin types. Our Rapid Repair Serum is unique and works on top of your daily moisturizer as an added boost of hydration. It keeps skin calm and reduces inflammation while encouraging skin cell repair and growth.
Wear Sunblock: Even in the winter, the sun’s rays can still damage your skin. So, it’s important to wear sunblock on exposed skin even when the weather is cold. Sunblock vs. Sunscreen: What’s The Difference?
Use a humidifier: Humidifiers can help to add moisture to the air and help to keep your skin from drying out which can add to the irritation. 7 Benefits of a Humidifier in The Cold Winter Months
Don’t forget to drink water: Staying hydrated is key to keeping your skin healthy. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
By following these tips and strategies, you can help to keep your skin calm, hydrated and healthy during the holidays.
Written By: Mary Ellen Wank, Wellness Advocate and Founder of LATIV, Natural Skin Revival DISCLAIMER