A change of seasons means lots of things – new clothes, new hair, new dates (cuffing, it’s a thing – Google it), but if you suffer from the inflammatory skin condition rosacea, it can also mean flare-ups on your face.
Typical symptoms of rosacea include red, blotchy, hot and uncomfortable facial skin, but it can also manifest itself in breakout-style bumps and swelling. In extreme cases, it can affect the eyes.
Common triggers for rosacea include alcohol, spicy foods, hot drinks and stress, but weather can also have an impact, too. Going from the cold outdoors to central heating inside causes flare-ups for lots of sufferers, so now winter is on the way, those of us prone to more than a rosy glow might be searching for extra coverage. Foundations for rosacea need to offer more than coverage, though – rosacea skin is also usually hypersensitised, so try to avoid anything fragranced. Here’s our four-step rosacea kit for winter.
Maybelline Master Camo Correcting Pen in Green
Keep this handbag essential close, to top up any red emergencies. A quick scribble of this under your foundation and your problem areas will be considerably minimised. Make sure you take time to blend it out to avoid the Grotbags effect, though.
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Fluid Foundation
This is your skin SOS for when you wake up with a bad flare-up. With super-high coverage that feels anything but, it packs an impressive 25% pigment and lasts up to 16 hours. It’s easy to blend with a brush or your fingers (some rosacea sufferers find brushes irritate their skin), so you can also build up coats without feeling cakey or cloggy.
La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Anti-Redness CC cream
La Roche-Posay offers the best high-street solution for rosacea, and this CC cream is one of the best products in the range. Enriched with its trademark thermal spring water, it’s instantly soothing, so works to calm and conceal a flare-up and even helps neutralise long-term redness. Your perfect everyday rosacea solution.
GOSH Mineral Powder Full Coverage Foundation
Mineral powders are generally less irritating than liquids, and with no perfume or parabens, this GOSH foundation is great for anyone with highly sensitised skin who wants a medium-to-full coverage and a matte finish, with minimum product. It’s also vegan friendly.