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Since I can remember, I have been plagued by one of the most annoying skin diseases that man knows: redness. Okay, that may be a bit dramatic, but as someone who suffers from mild rosacea, redness is basically my middle name. Spicy food, intense training, a relaxing glass of wine, a touch of fear, a light breeze, a Tuesday – basically you call it, and it irritates my skin.
I always assumed that this was a personal problem I had to deal with. It was only when, in a recent Man Repeller, that I read Instagram's article about the struggle of a pink-faced editor, I saw the hundreds of comments that made me realize that this is a common problem. I am the product junkie that I do not judge (not judge). I have tested almost every formula on the market that is promoted as redness-reducing, anti-inflammatory, neutralizing, soothing, etc. I thought I should share the knowledge that I acquired.
Below, I'll put together the true deal with all these options and give my honest reviews on the best skincare products that reduce redness – essentially, which ones have helped and which are a waste of time (and money). I'm talking strictly about skincare, not make-up, to cover up the rosiness. If you want to have a different story (or just want to keep talking about it because I could really talk about it all day), you can go into my DMs here.
Dr. Jart + is my brand for redness – especially the Cicapair Tiger Grass collection. The hero component is Centella Asiatica (also called tiger grass), which comes from a herb that is native to the wetlands of Asia. This immediately soothes and at the same time improves the skin structure and leads to a protective barrier. I use both the Re.Pair serum and the color correction treatment daily before applying my make-up. The Re.Pair Serum calms skin sensitivity and soothes redness and irritation. However, if you want instant results, color correction treatment is just right for you. After applying my serums, I rub this green-to-beige cream over my face and voila. My redness is almost nonexistent. Seriously, it's a game changer. This would be my first recommendation to all who suffer from redness because they perform amazing neutralization tasks. But a warning: I would only stick to it during the day because the formula goes from green to beige and leaves a light tint on the skin surface (almost like a tinted moisturizer) so that the color is transferred to your pillowcase night.
The price of May Lindstrom's beauty balm may be scary, but this stuff is magical. When in contact with the skin, it turns into a light blue facial oil that melts directly in it. The main ingredient of Blue Cocoon is Blue Tansy, which soothes and relieves inflammation on sensitive skin. I put on a pea-sized amount at night (bedtime is definitely my preference as it's a bit greasy, so I usually do not use it under makeup) and immediately soothes my skin. I also use it sometimes after a workout, when I need to make a quick turnaround to appear presentable, because it immediately has a calming effect. Well, I agree that the price is steep, but a little bit of this clean formula goes a long way, so it will definitely take a while. Oh, and it smells divine.
I've heard for years that every dermatologist and prominent beautician at IS Clinical was thrilled, and when I finally gave in to the effort, I only regretted that I'd waited so long. His products are really worth the hype. For redness, I particularly like the Pro-Heal Serum Advance +, which contains vitamin C, vitamin E and olive leaf extract, to protect the skin from UV rays and environmental influences. This is definitely a product that works over time (and not some others that cause immediate redness relief), but after a few drops a week in the morning, I noticed that my skin was much less irritated overall. Similar to the May Lindstrom balm, a small amount of it is enough to keep the bottle for months. The Hydra-Cool Serum is also a good supplement at night to soothe the skin before bedtime.
Drunk Elephant's jam oil is rich in vitamin E and omega-6 and -9 and is designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness and blotchiness while improving the skin's elasticity. I'm not sure that's all right, but I know that my skin feels phenomenal. I use them a few nights a week before going to bed (it's slightly greasy because it's an oil, so nighttime use is the key), and my skin feels soft, hydrated, and waking up. I'm not sure if it reduces the redness for me. I think it's more of a general calming effect. But here's a bonus: It's 100% clean.
Ren's Evercalm range has been specially developed for sensitive skin and uses milk polypeptides, rice protein and hyaluronic acid to relieve discomfort and reduce visible redness and irritation. This is another one that I think works best over time. I do not immediately see a major color change, but I usually use them at night and wake up with much calmer skin than normal. It would not be my best recommendation for redness, but if you are looking for a clean solution, this is definitely a good option.
If you're looking for a light serum that neutralizes redness and can be worn seamlessly under makeup, SkinCeutical's Phyto Corrective Gel is your answer. In the morning or in the evening (or both!) Applied, this green gel reduces the rosiness in my cheeks, while my entire face also feels calmer. If you rinse lightly (which, if you have come so far down the side of the page, you are likely to do), you will know the hot feeling under the skin surface that accompanies the superficial redness. Well, this product actually reduces that feeling for me. I combine it with the B5 gel for added hydration and my skin feels much more neutral.
Here is another of my products from the Holy Grail: Sonya Dakar's Organic Omega Booster. The omega booster is a blend of organic flaxseed oil rich in omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids and essential oils. The skin soothes the skin and reduces redness and inflammation. I applied it at night and woke up with the calmest skin. I also use her Sensi Wash, which was specially developed for people with extremely sensitive skin and conditions such as rosacea. Their entire line is clean, which is also beneficial for sensitive skin because it is free of synthetic fragrances and chemical ingredients. I use the omega booster only at night, as it is a little too greasy on my skin to be worn under makeup during the day. However, I know people who use it both in the morning and in the evening. and I love it. I think it depends only on your skin and how fast it is fed. Ten out of ten would recommend.
I had heard rave reviews for years about Renée Rouleau's line of beauty editors and skin gurus, so I decided to give it a go. There's a skin analysis quiz on their website that takes about 10 minutes to complete, and the exact routine that you should follow and the products you should use. After completing my work, my skin was identified as type 5: normal / sensitive / red / anti-aging. One of the recommended products was the Redness Care Firming Serum, so of course I had to test it. This is another product that works better over time than delivering immediate redness and inflammatory relief. I did not notice any noticeable changes on contact with the skin, but after using them for several weeks at night, my skin was generally calmer and it helped to reduce the residual redness from day to day.
The Phyto-C Superheal O-Live Gel was actually recommended to me by a friend, and I found it very effective to immediately relieve irritated skin. This thick green gel uses the antioxidant power of olive leaf extract and is a lifesaver when my skin is particularly irritated. It absorbs surprisingly quickly into the skin and provides a stronger-looking formula and immediately gives a calming feeling. I can easily wear this under makeup during the day and with moisturizer at night.
Of all the products I've tried so far, Clinique's Daily Relief Cream is unfortunately the one I did not notice any improvement. It did not irritate my skin or make things worse, but it did not help either. To be honest, I have not noticed any real changes in the use of this product. However, if you are looking for a foundation that can help with redness, Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup is my goal! It's a bit thicker than other foundations, but when I feel particularly red, it's a lifesaver for neutralizing rosy cheeks.
Last but not least, I would like to introduce you to a brand that I recently discovered and that is already obsessed with. O & O Hawaii is a 100% clean line from the Oahu's North Shore and each product is enriched with superfoods like red seaweed and elderberry extract. I particularly like the Beauty Balm, because the thick pink formula melts on contact directly into your skin and you immediately feel refreshed. I've used it at night, but it absorbs well enough into your skin so it can be easily applied during the day.