My name is Fran Higgins. I am the vice president of business and an educator at Source Vitál. I am also a licensed esthetician and massage therapist. I was diagnosed with rosacea more than 30 years ago. I know firsthand the pain and suffering of this condition. In those 30 years, I have discovered several products and routines that have helped me. In this blog series, I’ll share these findings with you in the hopes that they help others with rosacea.
What is rosacea?
Rosacea is an incredibly common, but poorly understood facial skin disorder. It affects an estimated 16 million Americans, and according to the National Rosacea Society, 95 percent of those diagnosed with rosacea knew little to nothing about the disorder, including its signs and symptoms, before being diagnosed.
Some symptoms of rosacea include redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead; small visible blood vessels on the face; bumps or pimples on the face; and/or watery or irritate eyes.
Below is my morning routine I developed to treat my symptoms of rosacea. While this works for me, we all have different complexions, skin sensitivities, etc. and therefore, you may need to test out other products that will work best for you. If you suspect you may suffer from rosacea, make an appointment with your dermatologist or esthetician for confirmation.
Morning routine My goal at the initial onset of symptoms is to calm and soothe the skin to reduce inflammation and redness. At the same time, I want to strengthen my skin and underlying circulatory system.
- Algae Deep Cleanse: This is a deep pore cleanser that will nourish and feed the skin so it functions better. It’s great to use in the shower. Dispense about a quarter-sized amount of cleanser in the palm of your hand and apply to entire face and neck. Massage it in and leave on while you finish your shower routine, then rinse it off. This product is active and will tingle, while making your skin slightly red*. It is stimulating circulation. It may feel strong the first few times you use it, but as your skin strengthens, you will notice the tingle less and less. Use this every morning. *I know it sounds scary to make your skin red! But the redness should go away quickly after your skin returns to room temperature.
- Soothing Infusion and Sea Tonic Simple: The Soothing Infusion (a blend of essential oils with vegetal carrier oils) will calm the skin and penetrate below the surface of the skin to calm the underlying issue. Sea Tonic Simple is purified sea water, which has a lot of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements to feed and nourish the skin. Mix seven drops of Soothing Infusion and seven sprays of Sea Tonic Simple in the palm of your hand and apply all over the face and neck, concentrating on the areas most affected by rosacea. Apply this duo twice a day. You’ll eventually be able to switch to a stronger Fortifying Infusion that will further strengthen the skin.
- Algae Serum Rose: This serum is a concentrated extract of laminaria digitata, which provides essential nutrients to support healthy skin and botanical extracts with anti-inflammatory properties. You can add this separately or mix with Soothing Infusion and Sea Tonic Simple.
- Soothing Cream: This is a surface moisturizer. It contains a complex of essential oils, seaweed and botanical extracts that are going to continue calming and soothing the skin. Use a small amount (about the size of your pinkie finger nail) and apply to the face and neck.
Photo Credit: National Rosacea Society