We all seek to put our best faces forward and use products that promise to encourage a healthy glow. However, sometimes despite our best efforts, our desire for a clear complexion is foiled by redness and irritation. Skin redness and irritation are more than a curse for the fair-skinned; they tend to go hand-in-hand with inflammation and may indicate you have sensitive skin or even rosacea.

When redness and inflammation occur, it’s natural to want to apply product after product to stop it. However, many products are just too harsh for those who cope with sensitive skin and rosacea. In some cases, certain products may make the condition worse. What can you do to reduce redness and inflammation and foster a healthy clear complexion? Use products formulated to effectively heal and treat these skin conditions without worsening them.

What’s the difference between sensitive skin and rosacea?

For many, it can be difficult to tell if you have rosacea or if your skin is just sensitive. Both conditions feature redness and irritation, as well as itching and swelling; however, the triggers may vary. For those with sensitive skin, the redness and irritation stem from your skin coming into contact with an allergen, such as an ingredient in your makeup, pet dander, dust or another allergen. Once you remove the allergen, the redness tends to go away. Once you identify the allergen, you can then take steps to avoid it.

Other times, redness may be caused by the products you use or your skincare routine. If you’re using harsh products and over-exfoliating your skin, you’re likely stripping your skin of the oils that protect it. While you may think using more products will help your skin, in reality, using a large number of products may make your skin angry instead.

People with rosacea often find their redness and irritation is triggered by stress, certain medications, spicy food, heat and more. Once they encounter a trigger, their skin begins to become red and itchy. Additionally, papules and pustules may appear as the condition progresses.

CosMedix products to add to your skincare routine

The secret of treating sensitive skin and rosacea is to be gentle. Instead of ‘fighting’ redness and irritation, you’ll want to calm and nourish your skin with products that are formulated to heal. CosMedix products are formulated with nourishing ingredients that gently heal your skin while improving its natural hydration barrier.

Gentle cleansing

Whether it’s redness or a blemish, our first inclination is often to scrub away at our skin. However, many cleansers contain harsh ingredients that can lead to more irritation. Benefit Clean is a non-irritating cleanser formulated to remove dirt and impurities from all skin types. It’s full of amino acids that help prevent moisture loss. Additionally, it also calms and hydrates skin that is inflamed from exposure to an allergen or rosacea.

Encourage healing

When your skin is red and irritated, you’ll want to Calm, Protect, and Restore it. CPR Serum is formulated to do all three while delivering a concentrated dose of nourishment your skin craves. In addition to providing vitamins and antioxidants that strengthen skin, the serum neutralises redness with a natural green hue. Apply it after cleansing in the morning or at night. If your skin is very sensitive, you may also use CPR Serum to treat your skin overnight.

Provide hydration

Although your skin may feel dry and itchy, especially if you’re feeling the effects of rosacea, it’s still important to moisturise. However, using just any moisturiser won’t do. Rescue+ Balm and Mask provides concentrated hydration to sensitive, irritated and inflamed skin. In addition to moisture, Rescue+ also delivers antioxidants that calm the skin and reduce redness and inflammation. Apply the product after cleansing and use it liberally. You may even use it as an overnight mask.

Protect your skin

One of the many triggers of rosacea is sun exposure. Additionally, sensitive skin often becomes more irritated when exposed to the sun, even for only a few minutes. Hydrate+ SPF 17 Daily Moisturiser delivers broad-spectrum protection without irritating the sensitive skin. It also contains powerful antioxidants that help boost your skin’s natural moisturising factor. Use it every day, especially if you plan to spend time outdoors.

Boost the efficacy of your skincare products

Vitamin C plays an important part in the synthesis of collagen and elastin. It also improves your skin’s ability to absorb the ingredients of the products you use. Pure C Mixing Crystals are a stable and non-irritating way to get more out of the products in your skincare routine. The powder crystals ensure the Vitamin C maintains maximum potency. Mix a small number of crystals with any of the CosMedix moisturisers and serums you use.

For a limited time, we’re offering 20 percent off of CPR and Pure C. To learn more about this and other deals, connect with other people who have noticed a difference with CosMedix, and learn more about our next Skincare Challenge, join our Facebook group.

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