Saturday, July 25, 2009

Health Tips for July 25

Health Tip: Caring for Skin With Rosacea

Rosacea is a facial skin condition that causes red areas on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. Cosmetics, properly applied, can do wonders for improving your appearance and self-confidence, the National Rosacea Society says.

The society offers these suggestions.

  • Start by gently cleaning and moisturizing your skin with products recommended for skin with rosacea. Never rub, pull or irritate your skin.
  • Don't use a lot of cosmetics. Instead, use just a few that work well for you.
  • Look for products that are multi-use, such as a foundation with sunscreen. Also, use a foundation or base with a green tint that will counter rosacea's redness.
  • If you use foundation and concealer, look for oil-free options. Concealer should be about one shade lighter than the color of your skin.
  • Gently apply foundation with an antibacterial brush and smooth it across the face, starting in the center.
  • If using a powder, look for a mineral-based product to mask redness (look for a yellow tone) and reduce irritation.

Health Tip: Exercising If You Have Rosacea

Exercise is an important way to keep your mind and body healthy. But for people with rosacea -- a skin condition typically characterized by a redness of the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead -- exercise could cause the condition to flare.

The National Rosacea Society offers these suggestions for the best ways to exercise while avoiding a flare-up:

  • Try low-intensity exercises that keep your body temperature lower and reduce the flush on your face.
  • Perform several shorter workouts during the day, instead of one long workout.
  • Take advantage of cooler times of day to exercise. Especially during the warm summer months, exercise early in the morning or in the evening, when it isn't so hot.
  • Exercise with a fan or air conditioning on, or the window open.
  • Exercise with a cold cloth or towel around your neck, spray your face with cool water, or suck on ice chips.

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