As soon as winter's frigid temps and biting winds set in, so does dry, red, irritated skin. Whether you suffer from a skin condition like rosacea (cold weather is a common cause of flare-ups) or you simply have sensitive skin that's prone to flushing, facial redness can be incredibly frustrating — especially when you're a winter bride with a wedding right around the corner.
The good news? There are plenty of skincare products out there designed specifically to help treat and soothe rosy, reactive skin. Sure, you can temporarily hide redness with color-correcting concealer and foundation, but the skincare products below offer long-lasting relief so you can walk down the aisle with a crystal clear complexion.
PCA Skin Dual Action Redness Relief
An impressive lineup of potent, innovative ingredients makes this restorative serum well worth its steep price tag. Niacinamide improves skin's barrier function and helps reduce redness while Inflacin calms inflammation. Skin-soothing bisabolol (derived from chamomile) and moisturizing ceramide round out the formula. (Serum, $115, PCA Skin)
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense
This lightweight fluid pulls double duty for those with sensitive, rosy skin: It fights the inflammation that causes redness and provides 24-hour hydration, too. Plus, thanks to its ability to improve circulation and strengthen blood vessel walls, this product is especially effective for people who struggle with rosacea. ("Rosaliac AR Intense" localized redness intensive serum, $39.99, La Roche-Posay)
Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream
When the chilly winter air and dry indoor heat suck the moisture out of your skin, slather on this gentle, oil-free moisturizer. The antioxidant-rich cream soaks right in to instantly relieve blotchiness and discomfort. Bonus: Probiotic technology boosts skin barrier function. ("Redness Solutions" cream, $48.50, Clinique)
Darphin INTRAL Toner
Darphin's INTRAL collection caters specifically to finicky complexions; the products are especially mild and soothing, using chamomile and hawthorn extracts to calm skin. The toner in particular is ideal for wiping away any lingering impurities after cleansing, refreshing skin and keeping redness at bay. (Toner, $42, Darphin)
Avène Antirougeurs FORT Relief Concentrate
This French brand also has a product line dedicated to redness-prone skin, and this velvety, intensive treatment is the star of the bunch. Smooth a drop or two onto clean skin day and night to increase microcirculation, minimize the appearance of capillaries, reduce swelling and protect against moisture loss. ("Antirougeurs FORT" relief concentrate, $48, Avène)
Bioderma Sensibio Mask
If you've tried (and subsequently fallen in love) with Bioderma's famous micellar water, you'll want to add this moisturizing mask to your next order. Perfect for healing red, overheated complexions, the creamy formula hydrates, softens, and, over time, increases the skin's tolerance threshold. ("Sensibio" soothing mask, $19.90, Bioderma available at Beautylish)
VMV Hypoallergenics Red Better Daily Therapy Moisturizer
Say goodbye to inflammation, redness and flaking: This therapeutic face cream tackles all three with a coconut oil-based blend that's rich enough to be deeply hydrating but not at all greasy. Regular use also helps to eliminate rosacea-triggering microbes. (Daily moisturizer, $36, VMV Hypoallergenics)