Is anyone else’s skin acting completely crazy this time of year? Between parties, the food I don’t normally eat, and maybe a glass of wine or two my skin is just not looking its best. It’s been red, splotchy, and breaking out more. If you are also dealing with red, splotchy skin this winter, then today is your lucky day! I’ve chatted with Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, a board certified dermatologist, to learn more about ways to reduce redness in the skin. Check out my three go-to ways below, as well as an infographic from Eucerin and my Q & A with Dr. Tanzi.
3 Ways to Reduce Skin Redness
- Drink less alcohol, more water: This is obvious, but alcohol dries out your skin and really causes all sorts of not great things to happen to it. It also dehydrates you, and you tend to not drink as much water. I try to drink 8 oz of water for every 4 oz of alcohol. But really just double up on water!
- Certain foods: Sugary foods, excessive dairy, and spicy foods can all cause redness. I notice this especially around the holidays because it’s the only time of year my self control for sweets goes out the window! I will immediately notice my face getting red and splotchy following Thanksgiving and Christmas. Try to curb the sweets with again… more water!
- Use redness reducing products: DUH! As I have mentioned several times before, we LOVE Eucerin. We use it on ourselves and our baby. I have eczema (and highly recommend using Eucerin Eczema Relief Flare-Up Treatment if you do, too!) and generally super sensitive skin, and Liam also is very fair, so we need to use products that are gentle and effective. Every single day I use Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion with SPF 15. So of course you are getting a good SPF, which is necessary all year and not just during the summer, but you are also using a product that is gentle on the skin and helps heal and prevent redness. It’s been my holy grail as the cooler weather has popped up!
Take a look at this awesome graphic for more info on this you can do to avoid excessive redness! My favorite is using a cool compress after workouts! I have been doing that too lately and notice a HUGE DIFFERENCE! Thanks for the tip, Eucerin!
Eucerin spokesperson and board certified dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi was super kind as to answer a few questions I thought my readers would love to know about. As a woman in my 30’s skincare is super important to me, so learning about best practices straight from a trusted source was so helpful! Enjoy!
What is the biggest mistake women in their 20s and 30s are making with their skin and skincare routine? A common mistake is to treat the skin in the 20’s and 30’s too harshly. Women may still be in the mindset of having acne as a teen and if they don’t update their skin care routine to reflect the changes in their skin with age… it can be too drying.
What is an important daily step in skincare most people forget? A great moisturizer. As noted above, in our teens and early 20’s, the skin may not need a moisturizer because of oiliness with hormones. But as we get a little older, a good moisturizer is a must for healthy-looking skin.
Do you feel like it’s ever too early or too late to get into good practices with skincare? It’s never too late to get into a good skin care routine! As long as there isn’t too much sun damage or smoking, the skin is quite forgiving.
What are a few things that help keep your skin in great condition? I suffered from very dry skin for a while because, as a teen and young adult who had a lot of acne, I was petrified to use a moisturizer on my face. But now, I use Eucerin’s Redness Relief Night Creme on my face to help soothe any inflammation (because I have rosacea) and moisturize the skin without clogging the pores.
What additional advice would you share with my readers? In my practice, I routinely suggest Eucerin Advanced Repair Lotion for the body. The formulation is light and fast-absorbing so even younger patients who don’t like the “feel” of a moisturizer will gladly use it. It works to hydrate the skin with ceramides. It works really well to reduce dry skin on the legs that almost every woman had to deal with in the wintertime.
Thank you to Eucerin for partnering on this post.