Today I want to talk about skincare and makeup solutions to redness. I have compiled a list of tricks and not all of them will apply to each person with redness issues. There are many reasons for redness, some are based internally and some are related to what you are putting on your skin. These ideas should be experimented with, none of them are magical cures, just things to try. Even if you do your makeup in a dark bathroom, make sure you are experimenting with natural light to see if these tricks will work for you!
1. Drink more water. Take your vitamins. Watch for food triggers for redness. Be good to yourself, that is always the first step.
2. Reassess your skincare. I see a lot of women that had troubled skin as teenagers but have never stopped using acne products. A lot of times this is because their skin is not clear when they look in the mirror, but sometimes it is more from redness and irritation than from pimples. Products with a lot of salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can cause splotchiness and uneven skin tone if they aren’t needed. Also, some people exfoliate with products that are very harsh, or too frequently. I, personally, exfoliate every morning with a gentle exfoliant (Microdelivery from the Philosophy skincare line), but many skincare professionals would say that is too often. I would discourage exfoliating more than once a day. Experiment, see what works for you, but please, at least try using a gentle cleanser, and give it a fair chance (a month or longer).
3. Experiment with different moisturizers. Your skin might not be getting enough nourishment. Please moisturize every night, at the very least.
4. Wash your face/body with cooler water. You don’t need to torture yourself, but sometimes the difference between hot and scalding can be huge, and the difference between warm and hot can be enormous.
5. Watch out for oxidizing foundation. If you have ever put on your foundation, felt it was a perfect match, then got to work and felt like it had darkened and turned orange, you’ve been a victim of oxidation! Many popular mineral foundations are horrible for oxidation. I can’t give out a list, because something may oxidize on you, but not on me, but bear this in mind when you are trying something new and take a foundation back if it isn’t working. This is the enemy of fair, sensitive skinned individuals! Liquid foundations can be culprits, too. Sometimes a primer will completely fix this problem, or at least hold it off for awhile.
6. Speaking of primers... Look for green primers such as Smashbox and Make Up For Ever. They look much greener in the bottle than they are on the skin. Stila also has a one step corrector that brightens and reduces redness. These work wonders.
7. Green correctors are another option. These are great for pimples or more extreme redness and come in a variety of consistencies. They are often part of palettes with a peachy tone for brightening (undereyes!) and a yellow to take away darkness.
8. Try a yellow based foundation or tinted moisturizer. This is my preferred method of correcting the problem with makeup, but use caution! I mainly only use liquid foundation around my nose and cheeks, my areas or redness, and then I blend outward and cover my whole face with a fair, neutral powder. If I use liquid foundation on my whole face I use a custom blend. Always make sure you check yourself in natural light when you are experimenting with undertones.