When I walked in to Wellpath one day, the last thing I expected to see was the beautiful Jennifer Bengel looking, well... bright red.
But the fact is, any one of us can have a bad reaction to skin care, even beauty experts.
Years ago I had a terrible allergy rash (I think) to some skin care I had slapped on, not realizing that the "all natural" solution had developed a mold (sometimes I think there's something to be said for some preservatives). It took over a month for my skin to calm down. But I didn't know then what I know now.
More recently, I got a weird facial rash in the shape of a hand, which I discussed in Does Prettier Mean Happier? It was like a giant version of the facial "imperfection" discussed in Nathanial Hawthorne's The Birthmark, which oddly enough I had done a movie of years before. I obviously had something on my hand that had reacted with whatever was on my face.
When I saw Jennifer, I immediately suggested Neocutis Bio Restorative Cream, their anti-aging post procedure salve. But she, being in the business of beauty, was already on it.
Jennifer said she thought it was a "reaction to retinoic acid" product. But it's often hard to tell what the precise cause of a reaction is due to hormonal fluctuations, even what you've eaten the day before. Certainly those with sensitive skin are aware of the precariousness.
Plus, it's easy to overdo it with Retin A related products because often the strength differs from company to company, so you have to start slow and build up, as I discussed in Serious Skin Care: Deep Repair.
Jennifer also turnd to Jane Iredale products a line known for not only their great cosmetics, but for their enhanced coverage ability.
Because jane iredale minerals are concentrated pigment, camouflage can be fast and easy, especially when covering any type of redness for skin conditions including rosacea or acne or procedures like chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
Part of the beauty of jane iredale foundations is that they are pure pigment, containing no fillers such as talc and are often all the camouflage you will need.
"This is just powedr, no concealer!" Jennifer insisted when I saw her the next day and she looked virtualy healed!
The folks at Jane Iredale suggest a yellow base such as Warm Silk, Amber, Warm Sienna or Golden Glow as key to covering pronounced redness. — available in jane iredale PurePressed Base and Amazing Base. They also recommended that people experincing pronounced redness carry hydration sprays such as D20.
So if you find yourself red-faced, don't despaitr, there are things you can do to have a good face day right away.
Dr. Jamé Heskett of Wellpath is going to be featured on Dr. Oz tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 4pm EST. She'll be discussing the Apollo TriPollar treatment for skin tightening as well as offering tips to keep cellulite at bay that can be done in your own home!
More serious skin care help:
- Anti-Aging: What is Retin-A and What Will It Do For You?
- How Your Skin Really Ages – and What Stops It
- Serious Skin Care: Real Moisturizing and Deep Repair
- Serious Skin Care: Regrowing Younger Skin