For people prone to rosacea, make-up can be an important tool to help you feel your best and increase your confidence. While there are many make-up products that will cover areas of redness, some brands may use harsh ingredients that can actually worsen rosacea symptoms and leave your skin feeling dry, irritated and inflamed.
In this article you will learn natural make-up and skin care tips to create a flawless complexion, and to help reduce the appearance of redness caused by rosacea.
Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition, often mistaken for acne or sunburn. The face becomes flushed due to dilation of small blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. It is often accompanied with severe dryness and irritation around the chin, cheeks, nose and forehead.
Rosacea is characterised by redness and inflammation in the skin accompanied by spots on the skin and, in the condition’s later stages, irritation of the eyes and swelling of the nose (rhinophyma), which is more common in men although the condition itself is more common in women.
In its early stages rosacea appears as flushed cheeks and slight redness, and can easily be mistaken for simple blushing. Later it progresses to persistent redness, then to noticeable pimples and papules, which can look a lot like an acne outbreak - treating it as one however can do more harm than good, as many acne skin care products contain harsh ingredients which may aggravate the skin.
· Episodes of flushing
· Burning and stinging sensations
· Permanent redness
· Spots (papules and pustules)
· Small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible
Whilst the exact cause of rosacea is unknown there are several triggers which have been known to make the condition worse.
Rather than just coming and going on its own, rosacea is triggered by environmental factors, the most common being exposure to strong sunlight. A sunscreen that contains Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide to reflect sunlight, rather than absorbing UV radiation with chemicals like salicylates and benzophenones is essential for many rosacea sufferers.
Finding out what triggers your rosacea is a significant step to preventing it from recurring.
· exposure to sunlight
· certain chemical ingredients in skin care products
· cold weather (wind)
· certain medications
· hot drinks
· alcohol and caffeine
· eating certain foods, such as spicy foods
· Avoid steaming hot soup, coffee, alcohol, hot spices and spicy foods
· Other foods that often trigger flare-ups include cheese, sour cream, yoghurt, citrus fruits, liver, chocolate, vanilla, soy sauce, yeast extract, vinegar, aubergines, avocados, spinach, broad-leafed beans and pods, and foods high in histamine or niacin
Many high-street cleansers and make-up removers contain harsh ingredients like alcohol (ethyl alcohol/ethanol), which can make the condition worse even if it isn't one of your triggers. Try switching to our range of which don’t contain the chemical ingredients that can trigger or aggravate rosacea, allowing you to concentrate on removing the causes and preventing the symptoms from progressing.
· Avoid hot water, hot tubs and saunas. These can bring on flushing and aggravate your condition
· Sip cold drinks or suck ice cubes or spray your face with cool water or a Vitamin-based toner
· In cold weather cover your cheeks and nose with a scarf
· Use a gentle Tropic Moisturiser Skin Revive during cold weather to protect against the drying effects of cold and wind
· Avoid rough wash cloths, brushes or sponges
· Begin each day with a thorough and gentle facial cleansing. Use a cleanser like Smoothing cleanser that is not grainy or abrasive and spread it with your fingertips. Rinse your face with lukewarm water to remove dirt and any remaining cleanser and use Tropic Bamboo cloth to gently blot dry the face. Immediately follow with a
· Use natural, silicone-free make-up
The backlash against cleansing wipes is well and truly underway, and for good reason. Make-up wipes can be drying and irritating, especially on sensitive, rosacea-prone skin. The harsh, synthetic ingredients often used in make-up wipes, can put your skin out of its healthy balance by stripping it of moisture and beneficial oils.
Instead of cleansing wipes, we recommend using a natural cream cleanser and lukewarm water to wash your face before make-up application. Use a soft, clean cloth to remove your cleanser and avoid washing your face in the shower, as hot water can be drying for your skin.
Our Daily Essentials ABC Skincare collection of Smoothing Cleanser, Vitamin Toner, Skin Revive and Eye Refresh Routine will to help calm redness and leave the skin feeling soft and nourished. Our Smoothing Cleanser is suitable for those prone to rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.
One of the easiest ways to improve the look of your make-up is to ensure that your skin is properly moisturised. Tropics ABC Skincare Collection is the perfect choice to keep your skin nourished and healthy.This is particularly important for rosacea sufferers, as areas of dryness can cause your make-up to look patchy, and redness will appear more prominent.
If you have dry skin that is prone to rosacea, we recommend priming your skin with our deeply hydrating Super Greens Serum which is rich in antioxidants of Green coffee and Tamanu oils while also gentle on sensitive skin. If your skin is oilier, try using our Sensitive Organic Elixir age defying oil which is deeply moisturising with a lightweight feel.
Apply a pea-sized amount of moisturiser or serum 5-10 minutes before applying your make-up, to get a seamless, natural looking coverage that lasts much longer.
Foundations that claim to be waterproof, pore-minimising, or to have a blurring effect on the skin, may contain pore-blocking ingredients such as silicone, which can aggravate rosacea-prone skin. Silicones act like a barrier on the surface of your skin, preventing it from properly absorbing moisture and getting rid of toxins, which can lead to blocked pores and irritation. Check the ingredients list for ‘dimethicone’ if you wish to avoid silicone in make-up.
Mineral foundation is ideal for correcting an uneven skin tone and suitable for people prone to rosacea and acne rosacea. Tropic Pure Confidence Mineral Make-up are non-pore-clogging, silicone-free and breathable, to provide buildable, long-lasting coverage that looks beautifully natural.
If your skin is prone to rosacea you may avoid wearing blusher, believing that it exaggerates existing redness that you would rather conceal. I recommend applying a small amount of blusher to the apples of your cheeks and blending well in circular motions with a Tropic Bamboo brush. Tropic Contour, Colour and Highlight Sculpting Palette, an innovative 3 – step palette to contour and highlight. Enriched with pomegranate seed oils.