Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Top Five Tips: How To Calm Down Irritated, Acne-Prone Skin
1. Lower your thermostat.
Your water temperature should barely be above body temperature, yet most of us love the comfort of a hot shower. If you can't handle cooling down your daily shower, wait to wash your face in the sink where you can control the temperature. Hot water strips the skin, leaving it irritated and dry...not to mention red. So stick to tepid water to wash your face. Bonus tip: A splash of cold water after you're done rinsing has a vasoconstricting effect and creates the illusion of smaller pores.
2. Limit cleansing to 30 seconds.
Most cleansers today contain either sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, which is irritating to the skin when left on the skin for long periods of time. (In fact, sodium lauryl sulfate is used in lab studies whenever scientists need to induce irritation for whatever reason.) Many believe these chemicals should be banished all together from skincare, but when used correctly, these detergents are rather effective cleansers. But cleanse wisely and limit the time they spend on your skin to thirty seconds maximum. That includes rinsing time.