When you experience stress, your nerve endings release a defense chemical in the form of neuropeptides through capillaries in your skin. As blood rushes to the surface of your skin, you blush. Causes of blushing are often psychological, like when you experience feelings of embarrassment or social anxiety: However, certain external factors can cause blushing as well, such as alcohol, eating spicy foods and exercising. Combine preventative measures with appropriate makeup and you’ll be on your way to a blush-free existence.
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Record your blushing episodes in a journal whenever possible. Everyone blushes in different places and knowing your hot spots makes preventive concealer more effective. Write down the context, where you blushed, and the areas of your face with the most red coloring.
Apply a thin layer of green-tinted concealing makeup where your face blushes the most. The green concealer counteracts the red of your skin, leaving your face a neutral color and hiding the blushing. Look for green concealer in any drugstore or makeup counter. Ask for the concealer section or explain that you want to reduce redness on your face.
Wait for the green concealer to dry before applying a top layer of skin-colored foundation. Choose a liquid-mat foundation that won’t smear and gently pat it on top of the green concealer. The top layer of liquid matt-finish helps reduce the appearance of blushing and returns your face to its normal coloring.
Stop blushing before it starts. Avoid spicy foods, exercising in the heat and drinking alcohol, particularly on an empty stomach. You don’t need to eliminate all blush-causing activities from life, just in situations where you want to avoid appearing flushed.
Avoid rubbing or scratching your face, which can increase blood flow to the surface of your face and cause blushing.
References and ResourcesAmerican Academy of Dermatology- Stress and Skin
American Academy of Dermatology: Rosacea
British Medical Journal: Successful treatment of facial blushing by endoscopic transthoracic sympathicotomy
American Academy of Dermatology: General Cosmeceutical