Red skin is a major summer bummer, there’s no doubt about it. Here’s the good news: These natural remedies will help bring the redness down while cooling your skin along the way.
Sunburn? Try a yogurt mask.
Slather a dollop of plain Greek yogurt onto red, raw skin and let sit 15 minutes; rinse with cool water. Yogurt is packed with probiotics, and studies show when it’s applied topically, it can decrease heat, soothe pain and help restore skin’s barrier for speedy healing.
Rosacea? Reach for a chamomile compress.
Dip a chamomile tea bag in cold water, then pat the wet bag onto ruddy areas. The tea’s calming compounds ease redness-causing inflammation while its constricting flavonoids shrink the dilated blood vessels that make skin appear flushed.
Bug bite? Rub on a basil “salve.”
Rub a fresh basil leaf between your fingers to release its oils, then dab the oils onto affected areas; let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing. The herb’s cooling, anti-itch compounds reduce discomfort, and its antibacterial and antibiotic properties prevent infection.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.