I have some redness on my face (from a disorder called keratosis pilaris), and nothing dermatologists have ever done for me helped much. Recently I tried BareMineral’s Redness Remedy, which is a really unusual product – a powder you pat on affected areas with a provided brush.
Redness Remedy is actually a skin treatment and not a makeup, even though you apply it just like their loose mineral foundation, and even though the packaging mentions that it can have an immediate cosmetic effect. The thing is, it’s supposed to lessen the redness completely over time. I really didn’t expect it to work – nothing ever has. So here’s a picture of my face first thing in the morning before I started using it.
See the red on my cheeks, chin, under my nose and between my eyebrows? Well, within a week, I was consistently less red first thing in the morning (when I’m at my reddest) than I have ever been. The improvement was significant – here’s a picture of me first thing in the morning after I’d been using Redness Remedy for 10 days:
This has become my new typical first-thing-in-the-morning look. Now, at the point where this picture was taken, the results plateaued – I’ve continued using it for three weeks so far, and I don’t see that it’s gotten better than this. But this is a lot better than before! (If continued use improves the results further, I’ll update this post.) I was really pleased with this amount of improvement. And here’s a picture taken a few minutes after this last one, in which I’ve applied the Redness Remedy for that morning over my moisturizer. This will show the “immediate cosmetic effect” they’re talking about.
It turns a red a little more brown or golden, so it blends more easily with foundation. Notice that it has more effect on my cheeks and chin than that patch under my nose – I’m not sure why, but I’ll tell you this: not every case of redness is the same. There are different causes, different shades of red. And that brings me to the observation that some customer reviewers at Macy’s and Ulta didn’t have any luck with this product. That’s not surprising – just as I haven’t had good results with redness treatments that have worked for other people. No skin care product works for everybody, even when they appear to have the same problem. All I can do is tell you – and show you in photos – how this one worked for me.
Redness Remedy contains BareMineral’s “Active Soil Complex”, plus oatmeal and other soothing ingredients. You apply it just like you do their foundation – pour a little product into the lid, swirl the brush around in it, tap off the excess and… well, they say to pat it on, but I found buffing it on (just like the foundation) worked better for me.
Those of you familiar with Bare Minerals loose mineral foundation will recognize this packaging immediately. You have to remove a plastic tab the first time you use it, and then you can twist the powder container open and shake it out in controlled doses.The brush is double ended, with a big fluffy end for large patches and a small flat concealer type brush for smaller areas. And here’s me applying it with the big fluffy end.