Top 3 Tips to Improve Skin Redness
- Dry skin can cause redness, because dry skin is easily damaged, leading to sensitive and red skin. Use hydrating skin creams twice a day to moisturize your skin.
- Consume a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet. This means a lot of vegetables, fruits, nuts, fatty fish, legumes, mushrooms. Avoid unhealthy fats and too much sugars and carbs. Click here to learn more about a healthy longevity diet.
- Take specific supplements that have scientifically proven to slow down aging and that can also improve skin health. These are supplements like alpha ketoglutarate, glucosamine, glycine, and oral hyaluronic acid containing acetyl-glucosamine. NOVOS Core contains all of these supplements.
Additional Tips to Improve Skin Redness
- Drink (very) little alcohol. Alcohol is converted in substances that damage DNA and stem cells, also in the skin. Drink maximum one glass of alcohol per day, and include alcohol-free days.
- Cut down on dairy products like milk, yoghurt or cheese. They can cause inflammation, allergies and food intolerances, and skin problems like red, inflamed skin or eczema. Milk on its own accelerates aging via various mechanisms (e.g. galactose or mTOR stimulation). Consume calcium-fortified vegetable milks yoghurt, or take calcium tablets to make sure you take in enough calcium.
- Significantly reduce your intake of pro-inflammatory omega-6-fat-rich foods, like sunflower oil, corn oil, safflower oil, margarine, sesame oil, mayonnaise, and most salad dressings.
- Avoid trans fats, which can be found in fried foods, fast-food, bakery products (e.g. crackers, cookies, cakes), and vegetable shortenings. They can cause skin redness and inflammation.
- Cut back on high-sugar and starchy foods (bread, potatoes, rice and pasta), which can cause high sugar peaks, glycation and inflammation in the skin.
- Drinking more green and white tea can improve overall skin health and skin tone.
- Sometimes the skin in your face can look red because of a reaction to medication.
- For some people, applying too much high-dosed retinoid (vitamin A-based) skin cream can cause skin irritation and redness.
- Check your skincare products. They can contain substances that irritate the skin. Sometimes this can start immediately after the first-time use, or after years of continuous use.
- Make sure you are not suffering from rosacea, a skin condition characterized by redness, swelling, and dilated blood vessels often on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. Bacterial overgrowth and leaky gut can play a role in the origin of this disease. Bacterial overgrowth and leaky gut are often caused by an unhealthy diet, including the overconsumption of sugars and starchy foods like bread, pasta, potatoes, and rice.
- Make sure you are not suffering from seborrheic dermatitis, characterized by often flaky, red skin patches around the sides of the nose, on the forehead and sometimes on the chest or back.
- Exclude other skin conditions that can give rise to red skin, like acne, eczema or lupus (an auto-immune disease). Eczema is the most prevalent. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce eczema – but only if you dose high enough, which means at least 1,500 mg of pure omage-3 fatty acids per day (not 1,500 mg of fish oil, given fish oil consists of other oils than just omega-3 fatty acids).
- Zinc is an important mineral for skin health, and can improve overall skin tone and reduce redness.
- Spicy foods can increase skin redness. On the other hand, various herbs like ginger, parsley, turmeric, rosemary, thyme, garlic, and other can improve skin health because of their anti-inflammatory properties.
- Too much sun exposure in the past can greatly increase the risk of age spots and other (red) blemishes of the skin. Protect your skin against sun exposure. Always apply sunscreen, and wear caps and hats as much as possible.