Five Skin Emergencies – Solved!

Even though you take the best care of your skin with the knowledge you have, there are those times when unexpected problems can occur—and they usually seem to happen at the worst possible time. Here are five common issues that can arise, and my expert solutions to get your skin back to its normal, beautiful self in no time.

PROBLEM: I woke up with a big blemish on my face!

SOLUTION: Follow these three tips:

1. Apply ice for 10 minutes. A blemish is a sign of inflammation and, due to the cold temperatures of the ice, applying an ice cube directly on the bump can help reduce redness and swelling.

2. Apply a nondrying spot treatment or hydrocortisone cream. When most blemishes appear, they are in their red, swollen inflammation stage, so immediately applying a spot treatment could help reduce the appearance of the blemish.

But, due to the drying nature of many spot treatments, they can leave the skin dry, flaky, and more irritated, which will make concealer or makeup not go on as smoothly—therefore making the blemish more noticeable. The key to hiding a blemish is to ensure that you don’t disrupt the surface of the skin with harsh, drying products. By using a nondrying, anti-inflammatory spot treatment like Anti Cyst Treatment or an over-the-counter cortisone (steroid) cream, you can help to reduce inflammation without disrupting the texture on the surface of the skin.

3. Don’t pick at the blemish. Again, the key to making an unexpected blemish the least noticeable is to not disrupt the skin’s surface—and, as we all know, picking a blemish only results in an oozing, bleeding, messy scab. A picked-at blemish is far harder to conceal and will be far more noticeable than a closed bump, right? (Are you guilty of picking at your skin? Read these tips.)

PROBLEM: I woke up with really puffy eyes!

SOLUTION: Follow these three steps:

1. Take a hot shower. Heat from the water dilates (relaxes and opens) lymphatic vessels to help assist with drainage of fluids (wastes and toxins) that build up in the vessels around the eyes. When you wash your face in the shower and the water is directly hitting you with force, it helps to stimulate excess fluids to move out of the eye area. In addition to the heat helping with the circulation, your vertical position in the shower helps these fluids drain out of the face area.

2. After the shower, apply a cold compress. The goal now is to constrict the vessels to push the fluids out of the eye area. You can do this by applying a bag of frozen peas over the eyes and keeping it on for ten minutes. Repeat again in 20 minutes. You can also keep a spoon in the refrigerator, and apply that to the under eye area.

3. Lastly, massage the eye area. With your ring finger, apply a slippery eye gel, like Vitamin C Eye Brightener, to the eye area, and massage the skin in small circular motions. The stimulation from the massage can help encourage fluids to work their way out from the area around the eye.

PROBLEM: I used a new product and my skin is red and irritated!

SOLUTION: Follow these three tips:

1. Keep your skin routine simple. When the skin is inflamed, you want to use your basic products, such as cleanser, toner and moisturizer. Hold off on using any skin serums, as these contain high concentrations of performance ingredients that may be too active on your skin right now.

2. Apply a cooling gel-based mask. Whether it’s a natural aloe vera gel or a soothing mask like this one, applying a thick coat and leaving it on the skin for 20 minutes can provide both soothing relief and water-based hydration to comfort irritated skin cells. Rinse with cool water.

3. Mix a pea-size of hydrocortisone cream in with your moisturizer. The addition of this over-the-counter cream works to reduce swelling, itching, and redness.

PROBLEM: I only got three hours of sleep last night and my skin looks tired and lifeless!

SOLUTION: Follow these three tips:

1. Hang your head upside down for 3 minutes. You can do this easily over the side of your bed and after three minutes you should notice a slight redness appear on the skin. This will immediately bring fresh blood circulation flowing to the face to give an inner glow.

2. Use a facial scrub. There’s nothing quicker to get the skin looking bright and radiant than massaging a gentle facial scrub over the face for 60 seconds on damp skin. Massage helps to encourage circulation and the exfoliation works to remove surface cells that can make the skin look dull. (I like the addition of invigorating mint extract to give an additional pick-me-up. Mint Buffing Beads is my go-to.)

3. Use a few drops of facial oil over your moisturizer. Glowing skin is light-reflective skin and facial oil instantly repairs dry, dull skin and dramatically improves its appearance. Pro Remedy Oil will definitely do the trick.

PROBLEM: I had a chemical peel and now my skin is red, dry, and flaky!

SOLUTION: Follow these four tips:

1. Treat your skin gently. Instead of using a washcloth on your face, switch to a gentler option, like a baby washcloth or these facial sponges. The rough texture of a washcloth can be too aggravating for skin that is already irritated.

2. Wear SPF. You’re exposing vulnerable immature cells, so you must make sure they don’t get damaged from UV rays. Apply sunscreen daily on the face and neck.

3. Don’t pick at the skin. The whole purpose of a chemical peel is to “burn” off the surface dry, damaged cell layers and reveal younger-looking, healthy new cells. But to do this, the skin has to shed and that’s the part that people dislike the most. But, picking off dry, flaky skin when it may not be ready to come off can result in scarring and unnecessary redness.

4. Don’t over-moisturize to compensate for post-peeling dryness.
When the skin is peeling and flaky, it’s normal to want to apply heavier moisturizer to alleviate dryness and comfort the irritated skin. The whole purpose of a chemical peel is to peel. Hydrating peeling skin when it wants to shed off will not give you the best benefits and will prolong the down-time of the peel. Just use your regular moisturizer and let the skin do what it wants to do. If you have a special event, applying a few drops of skin oil can make the flaky cells lay down flat so they aren’t as noticeable—temporarily.

Skin emergencies are all too common, but my expert tips should keep your skin looking and feeling its best soon.

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