The rosacea-approved guide to makeup
Unless you’re fresh off a spin bike or having a mortifying conversation with the love of your life, you probably shouldn’t be chronically red in the face. And while we preach our love for the ‘sun-kissed blush’ look, there is a stark contrast between a holiday- glow and round -the -clock flushing, otherwise known as rosacea.
A common skin condition that presents itself in the form of red, sensitive and inflamed skin, rosacea can be triggered by hot temperatures, our diets and too much sun exposure.
And while some of these factors can be a little tricky to avoid (living in a cave with no windows is not an option for everyone), there are products that will assist in calming and soothing as well as others that will neutralise and conceal redness.
So for a beauty regime that offers more than just a one-step colour-correcting solution, we recommend the following techniques for a rosacea-friendly make up routine from start to finish….
Before we even think about makeup, it’s important to ifirst incorporate skin care products that are formulated specifically to target redness. Not sure what to look for? Options rich in antioxidants like aloe vera, avocado oil’s or green tea will work to soothe, protect and hydrate.
bh recommends: Dermalogica Redness Relief Essence, Murad Redness Therapy Soothing Gel Cleanser, Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Serum
If you can think far back enough to your school days, then the same principles for the colour wheel apply here.
Green cancels out red, simple as that. So, look for primers with a sheer green-tinted base as they are going to be your ally when it comes to neutralising those dreaded red tones.
bh recommends: Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer SPF 15
SPF is a non-negotiable no matter your skin type, but more than ever when sun damage and exposure is one of rosacea’s greatest triggers. Without SPF in your daily routine, sun damage will exacerbate your condition and weaken your blood vessels.
bh recommends: SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50+
When it comes to coverage, we recommend a CC cream. Why? Well CC stands for ‘colour-correcting’ and these babies are formulated using certain hues which cancel others out and neutralise uneven tones.
bh recommends: Osmosis CC Cream
While the careful process of applying your skin care and makeup is crucial, taking it off at the end of the day is equally as important.
Anything too harsh, or temperatures too hot can easily aggravate and irritate rosacea-prone skin leaving you worse off than where you started.
To ensure an irritation-free removal process, we recommend a gentle micellar water and oil cleanser to ensure any stubborn makeup and grime is completely washed away.
bh recommends: Gow Lab Micellar Water
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Do you suffer from rosacea? What are your best tips for combatting it?