How to Get Rid of Rosy Cheeks Without Makeup

By Kyra Sheahan

Rosy cheeks can give you a healthy glow, but when your cheeks are a little too red, or you suffer from rosacea, you may wish to start toning down the redness. Rosy cheeks draw attention to the face. And while makeup is an effective solution for concealing rosy cheeks, not everybody wants to cake on the makeup every day before leaving the house. More natural and preventative solutions can help those with rosy cheeks take control of the redness.

Woman in sunhat with red cheeks
Woman with cucumber mask

Treat your rosy cheeks with cold cucumbers. Keep your fresh cucumbers in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. Slice the cucumber and apply the slices to your cheeks. Leave them on your cheeks for at least 20 minutes, and repeat this every day. Keeping the skin on your cheeks cool is effective for getting rid of rosiness, and cucumbers have a natural ability to cool and calm your skin.

Step 2

Apply a cucumber face mask to your cheeks every night. A cucumber face mask works the same way as applying freshly sliced cucumbers, but is in a paste form.

Woman washes face over sink

Wash your face throughout the day with cold water. Avoid warm water, which is irritating to the skin and will worsen the redness of your cheeks. According to Ashley Scroggins, an aesthetician with Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Boulder, Colorado, hot, steamy water is aggravating to the skin, and when people have rosacea or red cheeks, they need to keep the skin cool and calm.

Woman lathering soap

Use a mild soap on your face and avoid products that contain alcohol. Alcohol will induce redness on the cheeks, but a mild soap is gentle on the skin and has a calming effect.

Woman uses facial products to clean

Apply facial products, such as astringents, sprays or creams, that contain natural rose. Rose has a soothing effect, which works to help tame rosy cheeks (ironically).

A glass of white and red wine

Avoid drinking alcohol and eating spicy foods. Alcohol and spicy foods can cause inflammation to the skin -- your cheeks -- and make the skin redder than usual. Eating mild foods and not drinking alcohol is recommended when you are trying to get rid of rosy cheeks.

Woman sunbathes

Keep the rest of your face tan. If you use a self-tanner, such as a tanning lotion, you can counter-balance the color on your face because the redness will not stand out and look as obvious when the rest of your face is a shade or two darker.