If you're anything like me, the changing of the seasons can wreak a bit of havoc on your skin. Having seasonal allergies to basically everything ever, along with just sensitive skin in general, springtime tends to make my face freak out.
Over time, I've learned a few tips and tricks here and there and have discovered some good products. So, if you tend to flare up like a tomato and flip out from itchiness and hives, then read on for what's helped calm my flushed and frustrated face.
Along with allergy meds, I rely on great skincare products to take care of my redness and sensitivity. Some of my favourites include calming masks, especially the Azulene Calming Mask ($18, mariobadescu.com) and the Calma Mask ($22, mariobadescu.com) from Mario Badescu. The former has chamomile, which is super-soothing for sensitive skin, while the latter is oil-free and recommended for sensitive, red types who have trouble with acne as well. I rotate them. There's also Avene's Redness Relief Soothing Cream SPF 25, ($32, skincarerx.com) which is tinted with a bit of green to counteract redness and has SPF to protect your skin from burns.
Cover It Up
If you're struggling with Rudolph red nose and want to cover it up, there are a few products to try. First, start with a green-tinted primer like Smashbox's Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer ($38, smashbox.com) in Adjust, a green shade. Next, try a redness reducing foundation like Clinique's Redness Solutions Make-Up SPF15 ($24.50, clinique.com) It's an oil-free formula that's said to contain probiotics to protect your skin from flaring up. Finally, for any particularly stubborn spots (for me it's around my nostrils that get bright red this time of year, argh) try a green-toned concealer to cancel out redness. Lots of palettes, like Make-Up For Ever's 5 Camouflage Cream Palette in 1 ($36, sephora.com) or Sephora Collection's Concealer Palette ($10, sephora.com) feature a green shade along with a few others to get perfect coverage.
Make It Feel Better
As someone who has recently broken out in head-to-toe hives from a combination of springtime pollens and harsh fragrance-filled clothing detergent (and an extra dose of mega-stress), I've had to find ways to deal with my itchy misery. I recently tried Derma E's Itch Relief Lotion ($12.50, skinbotanica.com) and fell in love. It's all natural, with tea tree oil and chamomile to soothe and calm any freakish itching. (Seriously, I start to act like a hyena sometimes.) Put it on after draping some cold washcloths over the affected area and enjoy some relief. I'm also a big fan of St. Ives' Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Lotion ($4.25, amazon.com). Anyone who had an oatmeal bath while suffering from chicken pox as a kid will understand why this stuff works. It also smells nice and leaves your skin super-silky.
So, dear sensitive-skinned readers, if you've got any other wonder products or suggestions to those of us with seasonal skin issues, please let me know.