We always recommend you look at holistic solutions to rosacea-prone skin in order to manage and reduce any flare-ups. There are many different triggers such as the sun and/or heat exposure, stress, alcohol, and imbalances in our digestive system to name just a few! Pinpointing what may be causing your flare ups is a really important first step, and there are some tips below.
Topical skin care products can certainly also help, and we would recommend a very simple routine for you to follow, only introducing additional products once your skin is responding well:
Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
Thoroughly cleanse the skin in the evening by applying a generous amount of cleanser, massaging gently and then remove using the Dual-Effect Sensitive Skin Cloth. Dampen the cloth and remove the cleanser with the soft terry side only if your skin is particularly hypersensitive to ensure any residue from the cleanser is removed. The cleanser is a detergent-free formula and bursting with Omega 3 and vitamins so will clean the skin thoroughly without stripping away the natural protective oils of your skin.
Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Tonic
After cleansing, spritz your face with the skin tonic restoring the exact pH and biochemical balance of healthy skin. Many people skip using a toner but it's a vital part of the routine helping to lock-in an extra layer moisture for longer as well as nourishing the skin with essential vitamins and minerals. The Lotus ingredient also works in a very clever way by inhibiting the molecule that can cause redness and flushing.
Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil
Then we suggest leaving your skin to restore and regenerate as naturally as possible overnight. We find optimal results when a facial oil or serum is applied at overnight and the skin is not overloaded with too many products. Simply press 1-3 drops of Rosehip Oil into the face and neck just a few nights per week at first increasing the frequency once your skin is responding well. From time to time if you feel your skin needs a little extra hydration you can add one pump of Chamomile & Rosehip Day Cream to the oil and apply when necessary.
Instant Calm Sea Aster & Wild Oat Anti-Redness Serum
On the remaining consecutive evenings, apply 1-2 pumps of Sea Aster & Wild Oat Serum and leave to penetrate overnight as a treatment product for redness and reactivity.
Spritz over the face with the Lotus & Orange Blossom Skin Tonic. There is no need to use the cleanser again in the morning unless you feel the need to.
Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream
Apply 1-2 pumps of moisturiser to the skin directly after toning so the skin is slightly damp and the product easily penetrates into the skin. The moisturiser contains anti-inflammatory Chamomile and skin-strengthening Rosehip in concentrated form which works together to soothe, heal and protect very reactive skin. Every now and again when the skin requires a boost or extra protection combine with 1 drop of Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil and apply.
Our skin takes about 28 days to renew itself so for best results, try this routine consistently over 3-4 weeks before changing anything unless your skin reacts badly to a product in which case you should stop using this immediately.
Our resident nutritional expert, Lisa Knowles, has some advice to help reduce inflammation and improve digestion but like everything, it’s important to pay attention to your skin and do what feels right for you.
Improving your B vitamins is excellent if symptoms are aggravated by stress, as they are the anti-stress vitamins and have shown some good results for Rosacea. Vitamins A, C & E are excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory vitamins to support the immune system along with the mineral zinc. Vitamin C will also help to support and stabilize the blood capillaries.
Food Sources: Green leafy veg, nuts, seeds, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, kale, watercress, cabbage, whole grains, grass fed meat, cold oily fish, eggs, avocado, citrus fruit, beetroot, beans, legumes, carrots, sweet potato, garlic, radish, and rocket. Blackberries, blueberries, plums, and strawberries have the highest levels of antioxidants. Ideally, vegetables should be organic wherever possible to reduce your consumption of harmful pesticides. Spices ginger and turmeric are great at boosting the immune system, reducing irritation and inflammation.
The omega-3 essential fatty acid will help to reduce inflammation. Most Western diets are very low in Omega-3 but high in Omega-6 which can increase inflammation; this can be found in processed foods and meats. Increasing Omega-3 intake is easy just by adding any of the following foods; mackerel, wild salmon, anchovies, sardines, coconut oil, chia seeds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, pecans, kidney beans, avocado, winter squash, sea vegetables and flax seeds/oil.
Try to avoid pro-inflammatory foods such refined carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, rice), refined sugar found in fizzy drinks, cakes and sweets. In some cases foods from the deadly nightshade family may also cause inflammation; these being tomatoes, pepper, aubergine and white potato.
Should you have difficulty with your digestion taking a probiotic will help. You can find a good one from any independent health shop. However, removing foods that cause the problem is essential. Supporting your digestive tract by eating healthily will ensure that you are producing the correct enzymes to break down food and maintain healthy microflora in order to absorb your nutrients properly, eliminate waste and detoxify to prevent inflammation. Any disruptions on the inside will always eventually show on the outside.
Water! Water! Water! The skin loves water, as does the digestion. It cleanses, detoxifies and ensures that everything is moving and functioning properly. Aim for at least 2 litres a day. You may have to build this up slowly.
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