This for me is the most crucial step of all for a skin conditions like Rosacea. The condition itself creates dryness and a rough texture. Combined with sensitivity, your skin needs extra special care and assistance to help protect and replenish it.
Again, you need to strip back your product selection. Where possible opt for natural products. Go for those that contain no or little fragrance and synthetic chemicals. I use a light formula during the daytime and to wear under makeup, saving all the rich, nourishing treatments for overnight.
What about medicated products?
I have found a lot of recommendations for moisturisers from medical professionals, advise you to use specially formulated lotions for dry skin conditions like eczema. However, most contain emollients which are basically petroleum based. Petroleum is a by-product of crude oil (not something I really want to smear all over my face!) and although it effectively helps lock moisture into the skin, it also creates a barrier. This can prevent air penetrating into the skin. Air is just as important to the skin’s reproduction process, so basically it gives the illusion of hydrating the skin but really, it can suffocate your pores.
My advice, steer well clear and go down the more natural route. Yes, natural chemicals are still chemicals and too much of them, like anything is harmful. As long as you use a reputable brand you will be fine and find more pros than cons.
My Top Picks –
Here is my go-to selection.
Neal’s Yard Sensitive ranges are amazing now. They have the lower priced range, Sensitive Soothing range.
Soothing moisturiser £25, with organic borage oil and cocoa butter leave skin soft.
And now,the New Solution Focused Sensitive range. A higher price point but this stuff is AMAZING! Sensitive Replenish and Balance Moisturiser £45. This provides up to 12 hours moisturisation. This is my number one for sure.
The Arbonne Calming moisturiser is a fab product too £30, as is the Body Shop Aloe Moisturiser £14.
It is essential that you use sun protection with Rosacea. The condition leaves your skin very photosensitive and you will need to apply sunscreen every day. Yes, even when it’s raining.
It’s best to try to find a natural sunscreen rather than a chemical one. Natural sunscreen is also known as ‘physical’ sunscreen and contain two types of mineral-based formulas: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These sunscreens work by reflecting the sun rather than using energy conversion like other chemical-based sunscreens.
Top Picks –
I have tried many natural creams over the years, but I always find they leave a chalky white appearance on the skin or are quite drying, this doesn’t bode well under makeup. Even the Neal’s Yard Rosehip factor 30 left me feeling tight and dry, which was disappointing because it smells divine.
The one I am currently using is a chemical facial sun cream, Superdrug Anti-ageing SPF 30 £3.99. I use this because although it is a chemical sunscreen, it is still Leaping Bunny certified (Cruelty Free International) so I am sticking to my ethics with it. I am always on the look out for a natural sun care range though so if you have found one that is amazing and you love, do drop me a line so I can try it out for myself.
Evening skincare –
Evening routine and night creams. Night-time hydration is essential for the skin’s regeneration process. It’s whilst you sleep that you skin kicks up a gear and works through the night to repair itself, regenerate cells and replenish moisture lost throughout the day. It will then push all the toxins, dirt, oils and grease to the surface, which is why you often find you face shiny and almost slimy to touch when you wake. Therefore, you MUST cleanse your skin first thing before using a moisturiser or applying makeup.
I find that you need a richer formula overnight to really penetrate deep into the epidermis. I tend to use a gentle moisturiser and then a facial oil as my bedtime regime and this works well for me. If you have an oily skin, maybe stick with a hydrating cream and a serum instead or just a good night cream. I have a selection here for you that I have used and seen great results with.
Top Picks –
My go-to is the same as my day routine, the sensitive replenish and balance moisturiser, but I do then use my Rose facial oil £26 from Neal’s Yard or their Beauty Sleep Concentrate £35. Both are gentle and penetrate deep into the skin.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Night cream £15 has a lovely light texture and soft scent. The Ordinary 100% plant based Squalane £5.50 Found naturally in the skin, Squalane is a stable, saturated hydrocarbon that provides heroic hydration and prevents the ongoing loss of moisture.
All the products I have mentioned can be found with their links below. Should you have any questions or need any more advice please do contact me, I am more than happy to assist. There also these websites to help you gather information on the skin condition.
Some great accounts/blogs to follow.
Neal’s Yard Products
The Body Shop Products
The Ordinary Products
Aloe Vera Products