Your redness recovery skincare routine, sorted
Life is made up of highs and lows. Some mornings you wake up ready to take on the day, and on others, you’re irrevocably irritated for no apparent reason. Your skin is the same, and on the days it takes the redness route, it’s important to have a relieving routine at the ready. And whilst it would be superb if the sensitivity only struck on free weekends when you can mask all day long, it often shows up at the worst possible times, leaving you no choice but to get on with your day regardless. The good news is there’s still a myriad of masks, mists and moisturisers you can pack on in the mornings and evenings to give your skin the best chance at repairing itself throughout both the work day and the wee hours. We’ve narrowed down the best products to add to your irritation-easing schedule on the days where your skin wants to stay home, but you can’t.
In the A.M.:
Start your day with a gentle cleanse. We know the last thing you want to do when your skin is struggling is strip it of more moisture, but this cleanser is soap-free and super mild. It’s the perfect way to comfort and calm your complexion whilst still clearing away any congestion that could be contributing to the flush - starting out with a fresh canvas is also important for absorption, so keep cleansing at the top of your to-do list to ensure the best results from your other products.
Up next is a gentle (but generously moisturising) oil. With no fragrances or preservatives and plenty of protective hydration, it’s ace for replenishing red, inflamed skin. The lightweight rosehip-jojoba blend is fast-absorbing, ultra-calming and super nourishing. Just pat into freshly cleansed skin - it’s relief and results in one.
Follow with a face cream designed to diminish irritation. This QV hydrator contains oat kernel extract, vitamin E and glycerin to keep your complexion feeling fresh and hydrated all day, plus, it’s also non-comedogenic which means it won’t clog your pores or trigger further sensitivity.
Balancing out the redness with a green colour corrector will allow you to apply smaller amounts of foundation and concealer (comfort wise, the less base the better). Featuring squalene to enhance hydration, this redness-counteracting formula is easy to blend and can even be worn alone if you need to neutralise but can’t face the thought of packing pigment on over your flush.
In the P.M.:
Again, cleansing is necessary even on inflamed evenings. A softening and soothing micellar formula is great for gently removing makeup at the end of the day. With calming chamomile and cucumber, it’ll clear away product buildup and impurities whilst still replenishing and repairing skin.
Don’t be fooled by the lightweight formula: this jelly-textured mask delivers deep hydration, as its blend contains two of the ultimate soothing superstars: cucumber and aloe. It’ll cool and calm your complexion, whilst working to build back lost moisture, nix blotchiness and boost brightness. Apply generously to clean, dry skin, then rinse off after 20 minutes.
Once your skin is free of mask (and full of hydration), surprise your skin with this calming concentrate for a double dose of moisture. A fragrance-free formula that works to repair and relieve the symptoms of sensitivity, it delivers a nourishing blend of sodium hyaluronate and evening primrose that will reduce the appearance of redness and offer serious support to irritated skin.
Set your skin up for ultimate success by sealing the deal with a mist. With marshmallow and aloe leaf extracts, this balancing spritz works to soothe, hydrate and lock in the ingredients you’ve already applied. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, it also hits your face with a blissful sensory delight in the form of a cooling, calming shot of hydration. Mist away.
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What are your tried and true ways for relieving redness? Do you have any tips and tricks for soothing sensitivity?