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We’ve all been there. You’re feeling adventurous and try a new moisturizer, or primer, or foundation, and have a horrible allergic reaction on your skin. Or for some unknown reason, you wake up and your skin is puffy, red, blotchy, and itchy. Trying to cover it with makeup only further irritates it, and then you’re left with an even bigger mess.  Many drug store moisturizers, washes, and toners contain chemicals which will make your skin even angrier, so this is a great time to seek out natural remedies that will get your skin calmed quickly.

Try our favorite three skin-calming steps in succession, or try one or two separately, depending on the severity of your symptoms. You’ll be feeling fresh, de-puffed, de-itched, and redness-free in no time!

Green Gets The Red Out

Green tea does a phenomenal job of calming the red pigment in your skin. When your skin is inflamed, itchy, and irritated, one of the worst parts is walking around with a blotchy red face. Green tea is a natural anti-inflammatory, and will help bring down the redness and calm the puffiness.

You can apply green tea, such as this organic version from Stash Tea, to your skin in two ways.

  • Boil water, and steep 4-6 teabags for 5 minutes. Then, soak a washcloth in the tea and rest the cloth on your face.
  • Or, you can squeeze excess water out of the teabags and apply them to your face directly.

Leave the cloth/teabags on your skin for 5-10 minutes, after which, you will see a noticeable improvement in your skin’s appearance.

Oatmeal: It’s More Than Just Breakfast

Oatmeal has been used to soothe skin irritations for over 4,000 years! The secret is in oatmeal’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds called avenanthramides. Basically, that means that oatmeal will help take the redness out, as well as soothe any itchiness you have. Oatmeal helps your skin fight dryness, reduce pore size, and it also moisturizes.

We love this oatmeal mask recipe for soothing irritated skin:

  • 2 tablespoons colloidal oatmeal (We use Bob’s Red Mill organic oatmeal, ground into a fine powder in a coffee grinder/food processor)
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

Mix the ingredients together and let sit for 5 minutes. Then, gently massage onto your skin, forming a mask. Leave the mask on your skin for 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

Nature’s Perfect Moisturizer: Coconut Oil

After treating your skin with green tea and oatmeal, a little additional moisturizer will help bring your skin back to its glowy goodness. Coconut oil helps your skin retain moisture and elasticity, and it also has anti-septic and anti-microbial properties.

We love Nature’s Way extra virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, and it really works well for putting the moisture back in your inflamed skin. Massage the oil wherever your skin is red, itchy, or dry, and continue to reapply as needed.

After: Enjoy Your Beautiful, Calm Skin!

Calm Angry Skin

{Photo credit: Cookies For Breakfast}


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  1. I did my 1st time 3 steps last night & this morning. I had to go to the store to get some coconut oil. What an amazing difference! MY SKIN DOESN’T EVEN LOOK LIKE MY SKIN! Now I’m just going to see what the results are over the long haul. I have found that some things work @ first and then they stop working after a few months. Thank you for my beautiful skin for today at least. A women I ran into today actually said my skin looked so young when I was running errands even before I got the coconut oil. Pleased with the results so far.


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