5 steps to finally soothe that dry, red skin around your nose
It’s the irritating skin concern that all too often derails our makeup, crumbling our concealer and flaking off our foundation. Yes, we’re here to talk about the stubborn dry skin that likes to stick around our nose.
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So whether it’s the result of overly strong ingredients, spring-induced hayfever or spending too much time in dry heating or air conditioning, here are our five tips for keeping nose irritation and dryness to a minimum…
1. Avoid harsh ingredients
Products like retinol and physical scrubs are often aggravating to the delicate skin area around your nose, as are most acne-fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid.
If you’re experiencing redness and dryness in the area try avoiding it during application until the inflammation settles down.
2. Lean on gentle, fragrance-free creams
Heavily scented products can be irritating to the inflamed area also. Try creams that are hydrating but also sensitive-skin friendly to ensure the area is being soothed. Look for ingredients such as petroleum, lanolin and glycerin – all praised for being soothing and hydrating.
Apply a thin layer around your nose after moisturising and allow the product to hydrate overnight.
3. Don’t over do it
When it comes to skin care, less is sometimes more. While exfoliating may remove the dry and dead skin you’re experiencing, over-exfoliation of irritated areas can exacerbate the issue.
The same idea applies to over-cleansing and over-moisturising.
As well as only exfoliating once or twice a week, aim for thinner layers of your other skin products. The idea is to allow them to properly absorb before reapplying or adding more, to avoid increasing redness and encouraging congestion and breakouts.
4. Use a humidifier
If your skin dryness is really getting out of control, consider investing in a humidifier for the bedroom. Pair it with a calming essential oil like lavender or camomile and it will work while you sleep to keep the skin hydrated and calm.
bh recommends: Oil Garden Smart Vaporiser & Humidifier
5. Avoid hot water
Keep your water temperature cool when washing your face and avoid putting your head directly under the shower unless the temperature is mild to cold.
If you want to take it one step further, the application of a cold towel to the irritated area will help control any redness or inflammation.
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Do you struggle with this? Have you got any tips on how to get rid of dryness around your nose?