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How to soothe facial redness

Intense workouts, warm weather, and embarrassing situations… what do these all have in common? For many, it’s a rosy flush to their cheeks that goes with a quick splash of water, whilst others may experience a burning red glow that takes hours to subside. Whatever the case, it’s important to identify what’s causing your red, flushed skin.

Watch out for additives

Inflammation is a common cause of redness, as is skin irritation. Both of these are commonly triggered by the use of harsh chemicals and fragrances that are all too-commonly found within skincare products. Those with sensitive skin should take particular care to avoid such products, and instead look for plant-based and minimal-ingredient skincare that will leave your skin healthy and radiant. 

Key ingredients to look out for are:

  • Vitamin E
  • Desert rose (also known as the "resurrection plant")
  • Raspberry seed oil

  • These are our holy-grail ingredients for soothing and hydrating even the most sensitive of skin, leaving you glowing for all to see. Want to give these ingredients a try? Have a look at our antioxidant-boosting Vitamin C+E Daily Radiance Booster, award-winning Reviver Hydrating Mist and Balancer Oil-to-Milk Cleanser.

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    Time to chill

    Heat causes blood vessel dilation, making them expand and fill with more blood giving the skin a pink/red glow. To calm flushed skin, try wrapping a clean face cloth around an ice pack and gently apply to the skin until the redness subsides. 

    If you’re struggling to be as cool as a cucumber, it might take some lifestyle changes to make an impact. Stress triggers inflammatory responses within the body and can make the skin even more sensitive. Depending on the level of stress you’re going through, some simple measures like taking 5 minutes to do some breathwork every day can make the difference.

    By Sarah London Ally Blemish Recovery Oil

    Don’t try to scrub it away

    Redness can be irritated further by harsh physical exfoliants and polishing scrubs. If you don’t want to give up your favourite exfoliator just yet, try limiting your use to just once or twice a week.

    Ready to give them up all together but still want to combat pesky spots? Reach for formulas that are going to banish the blemishes whilst soothing your skin. Our Ally Blemish Recovery Oil is formulated to rebalance your skin’s microbiome and reduce bacterial infections whilst calming inflammation. Try it as part of our Blemish Busting Bundle and save 23%.

    By Sarah London

    Layer up your sun protection

    We all love reaching that golden state of mind from lying in the sun, but at what cost to our skin? UV exposure can have many consequences to your skin, including causing redness, but it’s still important to soak up that vitamin D. The compromise? SPF! Use a good SPF every day (yes, even when clouds are out in full force) and make sure you replenish the skin with vital nutrients after being in the sun to help replenish and hydrate your skin, using our Reviver Hydrating Mist and multi award-winning Hero Facial Oil. For more tips on suncare, read our guide to after-sun care.

    Amp up your Vitamin C

    Working as an antioxidant, Vitamin C acts as the ultimate weapon against some of your skin's biggest enemies – neutralising free radical damage inflicted by the sun, pollution and other kinds of environmental aggressors which can exacerbate redness. It's able to even out skin tone by blocking the enzyme tyrosinase which is responsible for triggering pigmentation. Oh, and it turbo-boosts collagen production, too, which is what gives our skin its support and structure. Try our Vitamin C+E Daily Radiance Booster; a glow-inducing formula that'll reset your skin, restore vitality and kick dullness and dark spots to the kerb – no matter how fussy your complexion. 

    Rosey cheeks or rosacea?

    It’s all too common to confuse rosacea with other skin conditions, including acne, and whilst there is no ‘cure’, there are ways to reduce the associated redness and calm your skin. These include avoiding long-term inflammatory treatments, keeping your skin as hydrated as possible, and trying to avoid irritants and fragrances that will strip your precious skin’s protective barrier.

    Glowing starts from within

    No, we don’t mean trying that ‘juice cleanse’ trend! Diet plays a major role in skincare but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Opting for less sugary and processed foods can bring about a huge change in your complexion, especially if your diet contains lots of inflammatory foods. Some ingredients are too harsh for your skin, and others are too harsh for within.


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