Every bride wants a flawless complexion for her wedding, but if you're battling the constant burden of redness and inflammation, that's easier said than done. But, with the right arsenal of products, you can come out victorious.
Whether it's from sensitivity to a new skin-care product, too much time in the sun, or even rosacea, redness flare-ups can happen at any time—especially during times of stress (hello, wedding planning). The trick is to avoid sun exposure and products that contain common irritants, like harsh cleansers containing sulfates and toners containing alcohols. But even if you follow the rules, blotches of redness can still make their oh-so unwelcome appearance, so we talked to the pros and rounded up the top formulas specifically aimed at counteracting and concealing.
Thanks to these holy-grail redness reducers, you can face the day looking calm and cool.
Glossier Super Pure
What’s great about Super Pure—well, besides its light-as-air texture—is that it packs both soothing niacinamide (also known as Vitamin B3) and conditioning zinc PCA into one heavenly, hypoallergenic elixir. Just in case you needed another Glossier product to covet.
SHOP NOW: Glossier, $28
Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream
Developed with gentle ingredients, like shea butter and algae extract, this daily moisturizer is like a hug and a cup of calming green tea (which, incidentally, it also contains) for temper tantrum-prone complexions.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $50
First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum
“Sulfur-based topicals are renowned for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,” says Dr. MacGregor. This skin-consoling serum also touts aloe and caffeine, a potent vasoconstrictor that constricts blood vessels to firm and decrease redness.
SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $36
Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in Green
Because sometimes you need to bring in backup. Amirite? This color-correcting concealer hides imperfections—whether that’s stress breakouts, broken capillaries, or sunburn. So, even if you don’t feel cool as a cucumber, at least no one will know.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $29
SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer
Pros love the Skinceuticals range, and this comforting concoction is certainly no exception. It has soothing bisabol and glycerin along with vitamin E and peptides to protect against environmental assailants—such as pollution and UV rays—that can trigger irritation, explains to dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali M.D.
SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $66