7 Remedies That'll Help Reduce Your Facial Redness

There are so many issues we encounter with our skin: breakouts, blemishes, uneven texture and discoloration—aka redness.

Today, we're tackling how to reduce your too-rosy red glow so you don't have to worry about piling on loads of foundation or concealer. Redness on your face can be a total pain, so here are a few products and remedies that can reduce your annoying facial flush.

Cucumber and Cucumber Products

Cucumber is an age-old redness reducing remedy—even though there is no scientific research to suggest that it actually works. Many people still swear by it and loads of products use cucumber oil and extracts to help reduce redness.

We suggest starting out with the real deal cucumber, straight from your fridge. Put it in a blender and apply it to your face like a face mask. If you notice an improvement, check out products like Yes to Cucumbers Face Mask and Mario Badescu Cucumber Green Tea.

Yes to Cucumbers Mask

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Adjust Your Diet

Believe it or not, the food you eat can be a driving factor behind the facial flush you so desperately want to get rid of. Stick to an anti-inflammatory diet, which means staying away from "hot" foods that fuel redness, like spicy foods, and protein- and carb-heavy foods. Instead, opt for cooling foods, like spinach, apple, celery and probiotic-rich options.


Rinse With Cold Water

Cold water is an easy way to calm facial redness. Although it may feel comforting to rinse your face with warm water, this practice can actually make your face redder. Instead, get in the habit of rinsing your face with cool water, which helps soothe your skin and reduce inflammation.


Oatmeal Face Mask

Oatmeal is one of the best natural remedies to soothe and calm your skin. Colloidal oatmeal, aka pulverized oats, has a nice moisturizing effect on the skin, absorbs oil and can be beneficial for acne, too. All you have to do is mix a couple of teaspoons of oats with water and, voila: an instant anti-redness face mask.


Anti-Redness Teas

Brew up some hot water and pour yourself a cup of green tea, chamomile or peppermint. All three teas have been shown to help reduce facial redness. You can even take it a step further: steep your tea bags for 10 minutes, put them in the fridge to cool off and, once they're cool, rub them on your face.

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Green Corrective Products

If you're looking for a temporary, daily fix, green corrective concealer is about to be your new best friend. The green pigment cancels out the redness and works really well under your concealer, as in elf Cosmetics green color correcting stick. If green concealer freaks you out, try Dr. Jart's Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Cream under your regular makeup—the green-to-beige cream helps correct redness and protects from environmental aggressors.

elf Green Color Correcting Stick

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Dr Jart Tiger Grass Cream

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Manuka Honey

This one sounds a bit out there, but applying manuka honey can help reduce your rosy glow. Manuka honey is a specific type of honey collected from the bees that feed on the flowers of the manuka tree in New Zealand. It's rich in antioxidants and has wonderful anti-inflammatory and healing properties. 

manuka honey

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And while we're talking about beauty—HERE'S why you should be using coffee in your skincare routine.