Red and pink are two statement colors that'll make any outfit stand out. You can even wear them together for a classy yet romantic mix of hues! However, no matter how much we love these hues on our OOTDs, there is one place where we'd rather not have it unless we're talking about makeup: our face.
Facial redness can have multiple causes. Here in Manila, redness can be caused by exposure to the city's pollutants, the unbearable summer heat, and for some, genetics. But the worst kind of redness is those that are caused by rosacea and inflammation. Your lifestyle is also a huge factor that not only contributes to redness and inflammation but also causes unwanted skin issues like rough texture, flakiness, and oiliness, just to name a few.
Other unhealthy habits such as being under excessive sun exposure without sunscreen, regular consumption of alcohol and cigarettes, increased stress levels, and lack of a balanced diet are also factors that trigger skin issues that worsen the state of your complexion. Thankfully, with the increasing development and availability of skincare, there are more ways than one that can treat and soothe the redness of your skin. With ingredients such as aloe vera, ceramide, centella asiatica, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, salicylic acid, and zinc oxide, treating the redness on your face has become more manageable.
Don't worry, though; we won't leave you to learn about the benefits of these ingredients all by yourself. Below, we share a list of products with these active ingredients as we create a guide to help you calm your skin down and beat redness for a youthful glow.
1. Aromatica 95% Organic Aloe Vera Gel
With 95% organic aloe vera, its powerful skin-soothing formula can have you see the changes in your skin in just a span of week, making it feel smoother and look healthier. Aloe vera, in its true form, will lessen the redness while continuously leaving your skin hydrated. We recommend using this as a daily moisturizer or even a sleeping mask after you complete your night time routine.
AROMATICA 95% Organic Aloe Vera Gel, P1150, Beautymnl
2. Cosrx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream
The term "ceramide" sounds quite intimidating at first, but actually, this ingredient can be your best friend as it adds skin elasticity, retains moisture, and creates a protective barrier that will keep your skin plump. This moisture cream of Cosrx will come in handy for all your skin irritation problems. You may use it all over your face, but it works wonderfully as a spot treament, too!
COSRX Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream, P1250, Watsons
3. Centellian 24 Madeca Cream
This is magic in a tube, at least according to beauty vloggers. Filipino Youtuber Raiza Contawi swears by this tube and, in her videos, she called this cream a true game-changer. We can definitely see why, because this product contains centella asiatica, which cures not just redness but also inflammation and damaged skin.
CENTELLIAN 24 Madeca Cream, P1380, Calyxta
4. La Mer The Concentrate
La Mer may be known for the Crème de La Mer, but this luxurious serum is a dream if you have sensitive skin. Infused with the brand's signature miracle broth, The Concentrate is meant to help lessen the visibility of any form of irritation, redness, and inflammation.
LA MER The Concentrate, price unavailable, Rustan's
5. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
Salicylic acid is an exfoliating ingredient that works best for clogged and blemished skin. With continuous use, the skin becomes clearer and smoother. The Ordinary is known for its simple formulations, and their take on salicylic acid is a sure answer to redness caused by acne and unwanted zits on your face. However, use this with caution and don't forget to pile on the sunscreen in the day!
THE ORDINARY Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, P550, Beautymnl
6. VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Face Cover 45
Looking for the perfect sun protection cream? Then you might want to check this out. This suncreen from VMV contains zinc oxide, a mineral filter that is widely used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, rashes, and even acne. Its comprehensive list of ingredients ensures broad spectrum sun protection, so you can rest assured that your redness will stay at bay as you enjoy the sun—be it at the beach or in the city.
VMV HYPOALLERGENICS Armada Face Cover 45, P1150, Powerplant Mall
7. Pixi Rose Ceramide Cream
This cream is infused with ceramides that suppress any kind of irritation while keeping skin moisturized, plump, and supple. This product puts others to shame for how it relieves skin from redness and flakiness caused by harsh toxins of the environment. Not to mention, it smells just as good as freshly picked roses!
PIXI Rose Ceramide Cream, P1348, Sephora.ph
8. Cosrx Centella Blemish Ampoule
Packed with potent ingredients, this fast-absorbing, centella-infused ampoule treats redness and clogged pores suitable for any skin type. Though some people usually find ampoules too viscous, this one has a comfortable texture that feels like your average serum. It's not sticky at all, and it can be used on flaky and inflamed skin before moisturizer.
COSRX Centella Blemish Ampoule, P1300, Watsons
9. Neogen Real Cica Pad
Neogen has been known for their different permutations of facial pads. Their newest one, the Real Cica Pad, has promising benefits. Each soaked pad claims to help with skin barrier recovery, calming, hydration, irritation protection, and exfoliation of dead skin cells. Also, in addition to having soothing properties, it has PHA, which helps hydrate your skin while removing excess sebum.
NEOGEN Real Cica Pad, P1100, The Skincare Curator
10. Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
Some, especially those with oily or acne-prone skin, may be intimidated with the thought of using face oil, thinking that it could clog pores. However, fear not with this one. This facial oil by Sunday Riley contains 1.5% salicylic acid, which has the power to unclog congested pores and treat acne. It also has hexylresorcinol and licorice to even out your complexion and diminish red patches caused by sun damage.
SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, P2150, Sephora.ph