1. Consider Your Water
And tailor your skin-care products accordingly. Soft water doesn’t remove soap well, so it can leave a residue on your skin. If your water is soft, use face and body cleansers sparingly (no more than a nickel- or quarter-size amount, respectively). Hard water, on the other hand, doesn’t allow washes to lather easily, prompting you to use even more cleanser, which can cause dryness. Gentle, nonsoap formulas, which aren’t meant to lather, can minimize this.
2. Drink Green Tea
If your complexion is blotchy, this tea’s anti-inflammatory properties can be soothing. Iced is best because hot beverages can worsen redness and uneven skin tone and other symptoms of rosacea. Another benefit: The epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in green tea may help prevent the collagen destruction that leads to wrinkles as well as sun-induced DNA damage in the skin (think lines and discoloration), according to some experts. Consider subbing tea for your morning mug of coffee.
3. Keep Stress in Check
It takes a toll on nearly every part of your body, including your skin. Stress increases the body’s production of hormones such as cortisol, which can make skin oilier and decrease its ability to fight off acne-causing bacteria. To keep that frazzled feeling under control, regularly practice stress-management techniques, like yoga, deep breathing, and meditation.