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3 Steps To Reduce Redness
If you suffer from persistent skin redness, Clinique has the solution for you. Whether your trigger is allergies, rosacea, or hyper-sensitivity, these three steps, which include tips on dermatologist-developed products, can make life a whole lot easier.
Cleanse very gently
Skin that frequently blushes and flushes tends to be fragile. Even your most basic skin care steps—in this case, cleansing—should be as gentle and comforting as possible. Massage a mild face wash like Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser into your skin, tissue off or rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry with a clean towel. Enriched with emollients such as squalene and glycerin, this gentle cleanser offers frictionless application to minimise any chance of reaction. And remember: avoid fragrance in your cleanser, since it’s one of the most common skin irritants. Even though you rinse it off, your skin will still benefit from the ingredients.
Calm and soothe with moisture
Choose a lotion designed specifically for overactive skin. The right blend of soothing ingredients—look for white tea and algae—should immediately give your skin some relief and also improve its strength and reactivity over time. Warm some between your hands, and lightly press it in—first onto cheeks, then moving outward and around chin, forehead, and neck. The pale green colour of Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream instantly makes ruddy skin look less flushed and more even.
Hello yellow. Goodbye red
Yellow face powder visually cancels out redness but is sheer on your skin. Start with a light application of Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Pressed Powder all over your face and neck, and then add more to red areas. This skin care treated powder is infused with soothing botanicals to comfort skin and instantly neutralise redness. Use a puff to apply the powder, which is the type of applicator least likely to aggravate your skin. Keep the powder on-hand for touch-ups…and peace of mind.
6 GENIUS WAYS TO USE MOISTURE SURGE
Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, is multi-use, soothing, oil-free gel-cream that’s loaded with hyaluronic acid. From a moisturising mask, to a dewy highlighter, dry spot soother and more, discover the 6 uses of this beauty essential.
1. 5-Minute Moisturizing Mask
Here’s how easy it is to spa-on-the-go (even in a middle seat): Apply a generous amount of Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief to your entire face, then recline (two inches) and relax. Tissue off. Your skin will look radiant and remain hydrated long after touch down.
2. Cuticle Treatment
Caught off guard by how ragged your cuticles look? Tidy them up ASAP with a conditioning dose of Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. Massage it over each nail bed to soften and sooth any dry, rough cuticles.
3. Frizz Fighter
When your hair suddenly frizzes out and you have no hair serum on hand, rub a dime-sized amount of Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief onto your palms, and then run hands lightly over unruly areas. (Avoid your roots, which may end up looking too flat.)
4. Dewy Highlighter
Make your features stand out by strategically dabbing Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief along your cheekbones and brow bone. The hydration boost will create an alluring luminous effect.
5. Dry Spot Soother
The sheer, gel formula is ideal for targeted hydration. Apply a small amount directly to any dry spots in need of serious hydration. You can even pat it right on top of your makeup.
6. Sheer Bronzer
The secret to natural looking bronzer? Mix a liquid bronzer, like Sun-Kissed Face Gelee Complexion Multitasker, with Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, and then blend it lightly all over your face. This will instantly give your complexion an all over, sun-kissed glow, without any telltale streaking or cakiness.
YOUTHFUL SKIN SECRET: HYALURONIC ACID
Hyaluronic acid isn’t an acid in the way you may think, as unlike salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids - hyaluronic acid doesn’t remove dead cells from your skin. On the contrary, it actually adds something absolutely vital to optimal skin health: water.
Nature’s most powerful water magnet.
This ingredient’s super power? It can hold 1,000 times its own weight in water. (That’s sort of like you holding up a whale. Crazy, right?). Hyaluronic acid is naturally present within your entire body and has the consistency of a viscous gel. It acts as a lubricant to help your joints, muscles, and nerves function smoothly. Think of it like the oil in a car engine.
So what specifically does it do for your skin? It is the supreme humectant, not only drawing vital water in to your skin, but also holding on to it and preventing moisture loss. This provides both immediate and long-term hydration benefits, so your skin can maintain a plump, hydrated, radiant, and smooth appearance.
The caulk in the leaky roof.
Hyaluronic acid also serves another key function in optimal skin health. It strengthens your moisture barrier, which is the outermost layer of your skin and your first line of defense against environmental aggressors. Think of your moisture barrier as the roof of a house. When it’s intact, it protects everything inside, but when it’s leaky, damage occurs. When your moisture barrier is intact, your skin appears and feels smooth, soft, and plump. If your moisture barrier is damaged, your skin looks dry and rough. (Think of dry skin cells flaking off your skin as a tile slipping off the roof of the house.) The more damaged your moisture barrier, the harder it is to reverse issues like dehydration, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts. Hyaluronic acid fills in the spaces between skin’s essential support structures, keeping your moisture barrier strong and cushioned.
Who needs hyaluronic acid?
Everyone! Your moisture barrier can be compromised daily by environmental factors like indoor heating, sun exposure, dehydration, pollution, and dirt. Additionally, your body naturally loses about one pint of water a day, which can affect your skin’s level of hydration, especially if you fall into the 75% of Americans who are chronically dehydrated. But hyaluronic acid isn’t just for dry skin, and it isn’t just for winter either. Every skin type would look its most youthful, plump, and radiant with an optimized moisture barrier. Also keep in mind that your ability to retain water and naturally produce hyaluronic acid declines as you age, which can exacerbate increased dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. (Babies have such soft, plump skin because they have a ton of hyaluronic acid in their cute, pinchable bodies.)
Bottom line: Make sure hyaluronic acid is part of your skin care regimen.
Hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient in many moisturizers and serums and should be used day and night. But don’t be scared that this type of intense hydration has to come in a thick cream. Case in point: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, which has a lightweight gel texture. This serum-in-a-jar actually has two types of hyaluronic acid—one that works immediately on the uppermost layers of your skin, and another variant that penetrates deeper. Use it daily for immediate and long-lasting hydration, or tap it over makeup for a midday shot of extra moisture. Another hyaluronic acid superstar: Clinique Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Custom-Repair Moisturizer, which is not only loaded with it, but it also helps reduce the 4 major signs of aging with its powerful blend of peptides, proteins, and antioxidants.