Bah! Flushed Face
Cause: Standing too long over a hot stove. If you can’t stand the heat, it will show on your face, because “blood rushes to the surface of the skin to cool you off,” Berson explains.
Aah! To keep your face from heating up like a skillet while you’re cooking or madly cleaning up, lower your internal thermostat by chewing on ice chips or draping a slightly damp, cold towel around your neck. Another way to cool down: Fill a bowl with whole milk and ice cubes, dip a cloth in the solution, and pat your face with it. “The lactic acid has an anti-inflammatory effect,” says Lisa Donofrio, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Too late to prevent redness? Brush on a yellow-based loose or pressed powder to neutralize and hide the red. (Try Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Face Powder, $14, physiciansformula.com; or T. LeClerc Loose Powder in Banane, $50, bluemercury.com for info.)