I talk a lot about natural skin care both here on the blog, as well as in my every day life because it is so important to me. I have extremely sensitive skin, and I have to be really mindful about what I put on my skin. If I put something on that my skin doesn’t like, I’ll have my rosacea flare up causing my cheeks to stay almost permanently red, hot, dry, itchy, and painful. It really sucks. While most of the time I have this rosacea under control, every once in a while I will encounter something that triggers my skin, and I have to start the process all over.
Some of the things that have helped me to manage my rosacea:
-Staying hydrated (drink lots of water, but also incorporate electrolytes. My favorite electrolyte drink is warm water with lemon, honey, and just a pinch of salt).
-Reduce the amount of chemicals that I put on my face
-Use oils instead of lotions to moisturize my skin (I love olive oil, but I also recommend this oil from Good Beauty Medicine Lab). Because olive oil is slightly green, it can help reduce the appearance of red on your skin. I have found coconut oil is (counterintuitively) drying on my skin so I just stick to using coconut oil in my hair, but find what works best for you.
-Use raw honey externally on my skin. If you use water with just a drop of honey, it won’t be too sticky and it will do wonders to keep your skin hydrated and improve the tone of your skin. I also like to make a “honey mask” and use about 1 TBS of honey on wet skin, apply a generous amount of honey all over my face, and wash off after 10-20 minutes
-Use natural makeup (when I have a rosacea flare up, I avoid using make up at all because putting anything on my face tends to irritate my skin in general)
Things that help when I have rosacea flare up:
- I limit putting anything on my skin (I want to rebalance my skin so I avoid using oils or makeup when my skin is really irritated). I will only use plain olive oil if my skin is super dry.
- Aloe vera typically helps to cool my skin when it feels really hot. Sometimes, this doesn’t help and I just can’t put anything on my skin for a few days until it is rebalanced
- Cold water or anything that will help cool off my skin
- Stay hydrated.
- Limiting sugar and caffeine can also help to rebalance my skin.
I hope this helps if you have sensitive skin, or just in general are looking for natural tips for healthy skin. On top of what you put on your skin externally, I also think what you eat can help to support your skin. Eating lots of plants, a variety of colors, and deep greens has certainly helped me.