SKIN REDNESS CAN BE REACTIVE, CONDITIONAL OR JUST SOMETHING YOU’VE ALWAYS HAD TO DEAL WITH.
In my case, I find my skin will go through phases of being red or reactive. Depending on what’s going on in my life, what products I’m using at the time, or if I’ve had a particularly hot shower I can suffer from cheek redness and hot spots. I’ve stumbled upon three brands that do anti-redness skincare really well, and the proof is in the pudding! I rarely suffer from hot, reactive skin anymore. If I do have a reaction or am sensitized due to a touch of too much sun for example, then I know exactly where to turn.
PRODUCTS FOR RED, SENSITIVE SKIN
When it comes to sensitive skin, the first thing I do I cut back on acids and exfoliating products. That means taking a break from products that have AHA’s (like glycolic acid), BHA’s (like salicylic acid), Retinols or scrubs. If your skin is reacting to something, be it temperature, allergy or reaction to another product, you’re going to want to focus on products that are gentle and soothing.
My first step is to reach for a gentle, creamy cleanser that isn’t going to dry out or strip the skin at all. Not only do I really love the Avene Antirougeurs Redness Relief Cleansing Lotion* but I’ve used the Avene’s Skin Recovery Cream for over a decade now; It’s my tried tested and true for anytime my skin kicks up a fuss.
If you find you get redness or hot skin post cleanse or after the shower, adding in a facial mist as a toner is a great step to prep the skin. I know some people think that mists and toners are an unremarkable step in a routine, but I beg to differ. This step helps balance the pH of your skin and soothes reactive skin. My all-time favourite is the Omorovocza Queen of Hungary Mist*, which is created with Hungarian mineral water (I’ve been through bottles of this stuff!).
Serum is essential when it comes to soothing and rectifying red skin. Ren Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum* is super soothing and calming (hence the name) and hydrating as well. Another great option for sensitive skins is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum.
Finally, when it comes to the final step in my ‘goodbye to redness’ routine, I opt for a neutralizing moisturizer. The IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Skin Relief Treatment Moisturizer* became a fast favourite of mine in the last year (read my review here). It’s formulated with aloe and colloidal oatmeal to soothe and calm, but it’s also super hydrating and plumping. I genuinely find this moisturizer packs a serious punch when it comes to reactive and irritated skin. I was so sad when I ran out of it recently!
What are your favourite products for red, reactive skin? Have you suffered from redness?