Spicy food, sugar, and hot baths. All things I can’t have passed 6pm because my skin will throw a tantrum in the form of cherry red cheeks the next morning. Skin is temperamental and, like in my case, getting on the wrong side of it can means days of redness, irritation, tightness, and constantly telling people that I’m not blushing or sunburnt.
Acne scarring, rosacea, allergies, and eczema are all common culprits for reddening the skin and ruining plans for a makeup free day. I have only just started my foray into the world of anti-redness face creams because I was more of a ‘cover it without foundation and deal with it later’ kind of gal. But, since delving into the best and brightest that anti-redness has to offer, I’m here to give you the inside scoop and help you find the antidote to whatever it is that is causing your uninvited redness.
Holika Holika Less On Skin Redness Calming Cica Balm
Holika Holika’s Less On Skin Redness Calming Cica Balm does exactly what is says on the tin, or tube in this case. Formulated with cica, the holy grail ingredient in soothing redness, the balm is packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients to calm the skin and help with the cell regeneration process, meaning instant and long-term healing.
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser
If you’re not already clued up on the wonders of probiotics, let me assure you that these ‘good bacteria’ (not as scary as they sound) are ideal for tackling redness and giving the skin a much-needed de-stress. Aurelia Probiotic’s Skincare Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser helps to calm cell immune triggers which lead to redness while the probiotics get to work in balancing the skin and strengthening its resilience to harmful bacteria.
Have a read of Everything You Need To Know About Probiotic Skincare if you want to learn more about our good friends, good bacteria.
Allies of Skin Molecular Multi-Nutrient Day Cream
Probiotics make another star appearance in Allies of Skin’s Molecular Multi-Nutrient Day Cream, as well as many other crowd-pleasing ingredients such as niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and manuka honey. A great choice if acne scarred skin (niacinamide) and sensitivity (manuka honey) are your woes, the antioxidant rich cream helps to protect the skin from free radical damage while repairing any damage already inflicted on the skin’s surface.
By BEAUTY BAY Thirst Class Rich Moisturiser
If I were to tell you that oats, yes like porridge oats, are fantastic antidotes to redness, would you believe me? Well you better because they have some serious skin soothing power at their disposal. A hero ingredient in By BEAUTY BAY’s Thirst Class Rich Moisturiser, colloidal oatmeal (finely grounded oats) works to hydrate and restore redness wreaked skin, while ceramide-rich oat lipids (a kind of oat oil) help the skin to retain the moisture needed to form the protective barrier and ward off bacteria, pollutants and environmental aggressors.
Intrigued? Here are five things to know about oat lipids.
Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Cream
If your skin tends to lean towards the drier side, Holika Holika’s Good Cera Super Ceramide Cream is perfect for providing deep nourishment and relieving inflammation. Packed full of ceramides to help form the natural barrier skin needs to protect against irritants and pollution, proud and loud culprits of redness, the cream tackles the root causes of redness before they become a problem. Infused aloe vera and shea butter also join the heroic ingredients list to give the skin a helping hand in moisturising and regenerating.
Ecooking Anti Redness Cream
Hailed as a five-star worthy ‘game-changer’ in its reviews, Ecooking’s Anti Redness Cream will help to reduce redness in all forms. From lessening acne induced redness to calming sensitive skin after using harsh products, the cream is packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients to relieve tightness and irritation. Plus, added chamomile works instantly to relax reactive redness on the complexion.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Gel Cream
Centella asiatica, or cica, is the legendary ingredient that will tackle your redness and probably any other skin problems you’re suffering with. An ingredient with an ancient, almost mythical history, cica calms, soothes, heals, and balances skin suffering with everything from acne to rosacea. K-beauty hero brand Dr. Jart+ are known for their extensive cica range, with something for literally everyone, but it’s their Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Gel Cream that has caught my eye. The lightweight gel gently quietens redness and repairs deep down damage for long-term, long-lasting results.
Meet more of Dr Jart+’s Cicapair Range here.
Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream
Fellow acne sufferers will know, just because the acne has gone, that doesn’t mean you have perfectly, glowing, even skin. The after effects of acne, redness, scarring, and uneven skin tone, are almost as hard to rid of (and cover) than the acne itself. That’s where Cosrx’s Centella Blemish Cream comes in. Made with our good old friend centella asiatica (cica), the cream heals scarred skin, fades red and dark marks, and rebuilds once irritated skin.