In terms of skin concerns, I think redness is probably the great equaliser. Whether it’s from irritation, allergies, acne, dryness, or rosacea, at some point in everyone’s skincare journey, redness can become a problem. Luckily, the market is saturated with redness solutions, be they skincare cures or makeup cover-ups. Here are some of the best.
I’m happy to go out on a limb and say the best redness reducing face wash is the Avène Antirougeurs Cleanser. It has a soft, cushiony texture, and can remove makeup and cleanse the skin, cutting down on need for more products. It’s very soothing and skin never feels tight or irritated afterwards.
If your skin is so sensitive that even water seems a step too far, consider either La Roche Posay’s Rosaliac Micellar Gel, or Vichy’s Normaderm Micellar Water. Both cleanse impurities in a supremely gentle manner, and don’t even require a trip to the sink.
For redness which is more a result of congestion, though, the best option is the Vichy Normaderm 3-in1 Scrub, Cleanser and Mask. It’s a creamy, clay formula with tiny exfoliant particles. This means it can be smoothed on, left to dry and removed, used to target areas of roughness and congestion, or simply applied and removed to cleanse the skin.
In terms of treatments, there are two which stand out to me. If you’re oily, acneic and red, The Ordinary’s Azelaic Acid is somewhat of a wonder product. But if your redness goes hand in hand with dryness and sensitivity, the Pai Anti-Redness Serum effectively calms and soothes, while smelling simply delightful. Pai also do a beautifully redness mitigating Lotus & Orange Flower Mist, which is great for use throughout the day.
For moisturisers, I adore both the Skinceuticals Redness Neutraliser and the Elemis Daily Redness Solution. The former is highly fortifying to the skin, meaning it helps soothe redness and prevent future inflammation. The Elemis option has an almost colour-correcting property to it, whilst being extremely hydrating on compromised skin.
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