|All of these products, apart from the CC cream, were kindly gifted to me. I have repeatedly repurchased the CC cream for five years, since I first bought it on a trip to the U.S.|
In case you weren't aware, April is Rosacea month, and I was kindly invited to a presentation on the best products to treat and cover the areas of redness, by IT Cosmetics, which really does appear to be the best brand to use if this is an issue for you, as they have thought of everything! 1 in 10 people have rosacea, which means that they suffer from redness of the skin, flushing, skin that is hot to touch, and also texture that looks like spots, but they aren't actually spots. Because IT Cosmetics was created with sensitive skin in mind, it aims to troubleshoot any skincare concern, not just through makeup, but also skincare, and was developed in conjunction with plastic surgeons in the U.S. It tries not to use any fragrance in its products, as this can be a trigger for reactive skin. Whilst I don't have rosacea, I do have reactive skin, which can become inflamed and red. I actually asked my doctor once if he thought I might have Lupus, because the redness mainly occurs across my cheeks (and a butterfly shape of redness is sometimes indicative of Lupus), so I think I'm in a good position to test these products.
Confidence in a Gel Lotion: This is suitable for all skin types, and I generally don't find gel moisturisers to be rich enough for my dry skin, but this is a definite exception. It is packed with ceramides, peptides and hyaluronic acid; all of which help to strengthen and protect the skin's barrier. When your skin barrier is healthy and protected, it locks moisture in and keeps irritants out, whereas when the skin barrier is compromised, the opposite happens, leading to red, inflamed and irritated skin. This gel offers 72 hours of hydration, feels lightweight, layers well over other products, without any pilling and really does have a comfortable feel and plumping effect. Rose, who is the IT Cosmetics representative, also said that when you use this, you don't need a primer, so I have tried it (as an avid primer lover), and it actually does help the base to stay on, which is a real bonus, because thirsty skin drinks up makeup. So, it's a 2 in 1 product, which is fantastic. I honestly have been very pleasantly surprised by this.
Bye Bye Redness Skin Relief Treatment Moisturiser: This moisturiser has a slightly green tint to it, which neutralizes the redness in the skin. It contains aloe vera and cucumber, both of which are very cooling and calming. Again, it has a gel texture, which instantly cools the skin and absorbs immediately. It makes skin feel silky and tones down redness. It really does feel like a treatment because of how calming it is and out of all of the skincare products here, t's the number one that I would recommend for inflamed and irritated skin.
Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream: This is a targeted treatment, which you dab or pat onto areas of redness, rather than use as an all over product (like foundation). It's very pigmented and a little goes a long way. Despite offering a lot of coverage, it doesn't look like you are caked in product. I have found this excellent for covering the patch of pigmentation that I have on my skin, that irritates me! It contains colloidal oatmeal, aloe and avocado, all of which calm and cool the skin, so it's a dual purpose product.
Bye Bye Redness Redness Erasing Correcting Powder: If you don't want to wear a full face of makeup, or if you want to top up on the go, this powder is the one for you. Instead of using talc, it's infused with silk, so it doesn't give your skin that drying feeling and cakey look that some powders can. It can be applied to areas of redness, and then you can apply a cream product over it, or as I said, to top up during the day, as it is a compact, with a sponger under the powder and a mirror inside the lid.
Your Skin But Better CC+ Colour Correcting Full Coverage CC Cream SPF 50+: You will have read many posts about this product on the blog since I first bought it when it was only available in the U.S. I really wondered if it could be *that* good, because everyone raved about it - it is that good! I never particularly liked CC or BB creams before this one, because I found that they didn't offer much coverage and were quite shiny on my skin. This is available in this original form, which gives a satin/dewy finish, a matte version, which is more suited to oily skin, and an illuminating version, which I have reviewed here.The finish is medium, buildable to full coverage, yet it somehow still looks natural. It covers blemishes, scars and more, and the bonus is that it has SPF 50 too, but because it's a physical SPF, it doesn't have any flashback in photographs. I always get compliments when I wear this base.
Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer: Now, when this says full coverage, it really means it. I didn't like it when I initially tried it, because it was so thick, but I have found that the trick is to warm a pin head sized amount between my fingers, then dab it on to the areas which need concealing and pat it in. I still prefer to use the illuminating version under my eyes to brighten the area, but the illuminating version couldn't be used on blemishes or anything you want to hide, which is why this original version is better for that.
In terms of the textured/spotty look that can accompany rosacea for some people, Rose recommended using PHAs, rather than AHAs or BHAs and recommended The Inkey List PHA Toner.
Do you suffer from rosacea? I'd love to hear your thoughts on these products!
Available from Brown Thomas, Arnotts, CH Tralee and Cult Beauty.
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