Getting over a really bad cold? Skin reacting badly to the icy weather onslaught? Having a chapped nose isn't fun at all, and what's more, it makes make-up application mighty difficult. When your skin is raw and inflamed, there’s not much you can do except protect it to encourage healing.
You essentially want something pretty neutral that will help keep moisture from escaping, and protect the cracks from bacteria and chafing. Try a thick, unctuous moisturizer like CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture for Face, Neck & Scalp. Equally exciting are calming and regenerative French pharmacy staples like La Roche-Posay and Avène’s lotions, both infused with thermal spring water, that have long relieved redness and drying and can work wonders in winter. Weather aside, additional irritants may be hiding in your makeup bag or diet, dilating your vessels. “Certain foods also cause redness, especially spicy meals, cheese, and contact with common allergy triggers like tree nuts,” says nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik.
Fortunately, there are a few easy steps to preventing and curing the seasonal syndrome says green beauty queen Tata Harper. Here, her five simple rules to getting over the red flakies ASAP.
Hydration is the best way to protect delicate skin and prevent irritation and flaking. For an extra moisture boost, try a hydrating mask like our Moisturizing Mask overnight, or mix it with your daily moisturizer or foundation. Don’t just hydrate, focus on products that also provide barrier protection. Look for ingredients like avocado peptides, beetroot extract, and safflower oleosomes. You can also mix vitamin E oil (can help strengthen the skin's barrier function) into an unscented moisturizer and apply to treat.
Exfoliating products can be harsh on raw, chapped skin, but they can help get rid of peeling. Exfoliating with willow bark extract will help minimize flakiness without being too abrasive. Get out the vaporizer and drink plenty of liquids to help keep dry skin in check, and avoid hot showers, which can dry out the skin even further.
Nourishing chapped skin is crucial for healing it. Look for products with plenty of vitamins to support the healing process, like our Replenishing Nutrient Complex, with vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and essential fatty acids. Think of dehydrated skin cells as slightly deflated balls. Omega-3 fatty acids plump up the walls of these cells, making them bouncy again. To get plenty of omega-3s, eat fatty fish and walnuts, or take a high-quality omega-3 supplement.
Try not to cover up chapped skin until it’s healed. If you really want coverage, make sure to exfoliate and hydrate thoroughly first for smooth application, then use a natural concealer like W3ll People’s Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer. A tiny bit of green concealer to counteract the red tones can help if your nose is very red.
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