Nothing instantly heightens a woman’s radiance like a hint of blush, be it natural or of the cosmetic variety. But when blushing shifts towards flushing or persistent redness, it can make her look overwhelmed, stressed or simply embarrassed.
For women with sensitive skin, their public face no longer matches their inner composure. Their skin reddens in response to countless internal and external stressors. It’s no wonder redness is the top concern among women with sensitive skin.
What’s more, redness tends to worsen with age. Under the effects of sun and other aggravating factors, it progressively detracts from the complexion’s uniformity and beauty. To regain control, it is essential to understand the inner workings of sensitive skin’s redness and embrace the most expert daily care.
Why does sensitive skin redden?
Sensitive skin has a particularly delicate barrier at its surface, leaving it defenseless in the face of irritants and environmental factors. When it identifies a given event or substance as an attack, alert signals are released in the form of inflammatory mediators (cytokines, histamine…). These set off a chain reaction leading to a vasodilatation or swelling of the network of blood vessels within skin.
The result? Visible redness and heat at skin’s surface, accompanied by itching or prickling sensations.
What are the internal and external triggers for redness?
Many women with sensitive skin know their own unique trigger factors. Internal factors include hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause), as well as stress and emotion. External factors involve temperature or humidity changes, as well as poorly adapted cosmetics (surfactants, fragrances, alcohol…).
The most important long-term cause of redness is none other than the sun: all-year-round UV exposure progressively aggravates redness, which can become permanent. That’s why daily broad spectrum protection is a must-have for redness-prone skin. Make sure your filter covers UVB, UVA and long-UVA, which are present even in winter.
From redness to rosacea – a matter of degree
Occasional blushing is of course normal. But when intermittent shifts towards permanent and little dilated blood vessels appear, sometimes alongside small spots, the likely diagnosis is rosacea. This common condition affects some 10% of the population, especially women with fair skin and light eyes. As for treatments, there are a variety of strategies available, ranging from topical creams to vascular lasers or intense pulsed light (IPL). There’s no hard and fast rule about when to treat, but if it bothers you, be sure to seek advice from your doctor or dermatologist.
What are the best skin care products for sensitive skin prone to redness?
As with all sensitive skin, redness-prone complexions need specific expert care. The best cleansers for sensitive skin are gentle milks and micellar waters, since they won’t strip its fragile barrier. A thermal water spray is a great trick to cool and calm freshly cleansed skin, followed by a moisturizer to help restore its defenses and a high protection sunscreen.
What is the best make-up for sensitive skin and redness?
Since less is more when it comes to sensitive skin, it is best to minimize the number of products used. That’s why BB and CC creams are top allies of sensitive skin prone to redness: they combine multiple functions within a single formula, which reduces the chance of irritation; plus they come in light, spreadable textures to minimize friction.