Having a reddened face is one of the banes of my existence at the moment, and dealing with my flushed skin has been one of my top priorities this year. I’ve found that a lot of the skincare I’ve been using that is full of actives has been exacerbating the situation somewhat, and so have had to dial back on using some much loved old favourites.
When I last wrote about my skincare routine, I’d cut out actives altogether, and was using very basic, but effective products. Now, having fallen in love with the Darphin Intral toner (which I’m still using), I decided to add in a couple more products from the range, both specifically formulated to deal with reddened and sensitive skin.
Please welcome Intral Serum and Intral redness relief recovery cream:
Both contain Darphin’s “Calm Complex” which is a proprietory blend of chamomile, hawthorn and peony extracts. I used the serum on my red patches after eyebrow threading on Friday, and was astounded at how cooling it was, and how very quickly it took the inflammation down.
It’s a very thin, watery serum, which doesn’t really smell of much, but a little of this goes a very long way, one pump is more than enough for my whole face and onto my neck.
The redness relief recovery cream has a slight green tinge – very, very, slight – which helps diffuse the appearance of redness, whilst cooling and calming at the same time. It’s a very light moisturiser designed for normal to combination skin, but there are two other varieties of this cream, which will help if your skin is drier than mine.
I don’t normally do swatches of skin care, they’re dull – and are they helpful? I’m not sure they are, to be honest. But, I thought it would be useful to see that this isn’t a bright green cream!
So far, I’ve found these products cooling, calming and soothing, it’s been great. But I’m not sure I’ve seen a massive reduction in my redness. Maybe I should give it another couple of weeks.
So far, the only sure-fire “cure” I’ve seen for red skin is a tan. Next week, I’ll show you my favourite facial tanner. I say favourite, it’s the only one I’ve ever used, I’m terrified of accidentally turning orange instead of red …
How do you deal with a red face?
The Fine Print: I bought these. The Garden Pharmacy in Covent Garden saw me coming and mugged me.
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