Truth Serum, Part II

by Kezia on April 15, 2008

Last week I wrote about serums and how they can beautify your skin with potent doses of active ingredients. If you’re prone to blotchy skin, hives, dermatitis or Rosacea, you’re probably thinking, “Yeah, what about me!?” Don’t worry- I can relate and I’ve got you covered.

Keep Calm, Carry On
I have fair, thin skin that looks great when it’s calm and clear. When sensitized, irritated overheated or stressed it turns a scary shade of red and looks mottled and patchy. Over the years I’ve learned what triggers my redness and flushing: hot showers, steam rooms, hot soup, too much caffeine, anxiety and dyes used in supplements and medication.

Whether your skin is in a constant state of irritation or is situationally reactive, most sensitive types need to use skin care products. However, when it comes to serums, forgo the harsher “anti-aging” products in favor of those that calm and sooth. If your skin won’t tolerate high levels of actives ingredients, it will rebel, causing inflammation and oxidation-and premature aging.

A Softer, Gentler Approach

If you’re prone to blotchy skin, hives, dermatitis or Rosacea, you’re probably thinking, “Yeah, what about me!?” Don’t worry- I can relate and I’ve got you covered.

Many Rosacea sufferers find that Green Tea polyphenol based antioxidant treatments calms, cools and decreases skin redness. Plus, it may have anti-aging benefits. One to try: Topix Replenix Green Tea Serum. Green Tea Polyphenol-Based Antioxidant Treatments. This one product calms, cools and decreases skin redness

Stay Hydrated
Sometimes less is more. If you’re skin is parched and dehydrated, try a hyaluronic acid serum that’s low on active ingredients but big on moisture boost. Hyaluronic acid (HA) plays an important role in tissue hydration, lubrication and cellular function, and is able to hold more water than any other natural substance. Its hydrating properties result in smoother, softer and more comfortable skin. I like this pure HA serum from Diana Yvonne because it only contains hyaluronic acid and distilled water.

Go Natural
Lots of people swear that carrier oils make the best skin treatments. Try nourishing Camellia Seed Oil as a gentle alternative to Vitamin C serum.
If you want an effective product with certified organic ingredients, but without parabens, try Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum.

Sensitive and Mysterious…
Do you have sensitive skin or Rosacea? What works for you? As someone who goes through blotchy, spotty and red phases, I’m always interested to hear others’ favorite skin (and sanity) savers.

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Jeanne April 15, 2008 at 9:06 am

Thank you so much for these Truth Serum posts! I’m going to give the camellia oil a try.

gail April 15, 2008 at 7:58 pm

Thanks for the good information, I’d love to try the green tea serum sometime. Right now I am having really good good luck with Chanel’s Hydramax+ Active serum. It really gave my skin the extra boost it needed (moisture, smoothing, clearing redness), and I am sold - until I found it, serums, no matter how “good” didn’t impress me. The smell is also heaven. For some reason I’ve never had luck with Vitamin C serums, although I know they work well for others.

Hailey April 15, 2008 at 9:18 pm

Do you know any examples of a product that calms and smoothes?

kim April 15, 2008 at 11:42 pm

i’ve used camellia oil for about two years- i must say i wasn’t a fan of silkia in that it didn’t deliver when it came to scar improvement. it does, however, help even out skin tone. have read that japanese (silkia is chinese) camellia is actually more beneficial for collagen purposes and have been using that since last year. it’s not a miracle product but it’s very inexpensive and does have a nice effect.

dana April 17, 2008 at 2:47 pm

i have very sensitive skin and less is always best (this was discovered the hard way). i remove my makeup with almond oil, warm (not hot) water and a sea sponge…works like a charm and uses no soap (soap is the devil to sensitive skin). i also stick with very simple, very natural products. weleda is currenly my favorite. although, now i’m interested in the camillia oil

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