Skin redness can be a result of many factors and conditions.
It can be triggered by specific skincare products with aggressive ingredients and chemicals, it can be a side effect of acne, and it is often a symptom of rosacea.
So what can you do about it?
Let me introduce you to one possible solution – green-tinted moisturizers. In this article, you’ll discover:
- Green-tinted moisturizers available online;
- Green BB creams with sufficient hydration and coverage;
- Green-tinted moisturizers with SPF protection;
- Other suggestions to deal with redness effectively.
How do green-tinted creams help with redness?
First of all, let’s tackle the basics. How do green-tinted creams work for red skin?
To understand the concept, we must look at a color wheel.
Most of you probably know that the colors that are positioned opposite each other are considered neutralizing to each other.
Since red and green are a pair positioned at opposite ends, green neutralizes red.
If you look at nature, you’ll notice that green pigment absorbs red light. Naturally, when you use green on the skin, the redness is reduced in appearance.
So what are the effective products currently available on the skincare market that can be of help when it comes to minimizing redness? Let’s take a look at my list of green-tinted moisturizers.
Top picks for green-tinted moisturizers and creams
With SPF: Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment
The first green tint moisturizer for rosacea that I’d like to share is the Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment. This is a staple in many people’s skincare routines.
This green moisturizer has SPF 30 that works in several ways simultaneously: it hydrates the skin, protects against the harmful effects of the sun, and minimizes the appearance of redness on the skin.
This product retails for about $52 for a 1.7 oz jar (50 ml).
- Tiger Grass aka Centella Asiatica – this is a powerful ingredient that is strong enough to heal wounds and works amazingly for reducing redness flare-ups and irritation. It’s widely used in Korean skincare as it’s super soothing.
- Niacinamide – provides anti-aging properties and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but also reduces the appearance of brown spots and calms inflamed skin.
- Antioxidants – help protect the skin from oxidative damage and the impact of free radicals.
- Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are two physical sunscreens that reflect UV light and have a slight white cast that can cover skin redness.
- Other soothing agents – panthenol, anthemis nobilis flower oil, achillea millefolium extract, and other soothing agents calm the skin and deal with the long-term causes of inflammation and skin redness.
What we like:
- This moisturizer has a light green-to-beige color that is suitable for people with light to medium skin tones. It reduces redness immediately upon application.
- The product is considered an all-in-one treatment as it also deals with blemishes, evens out the skin tone, and gives the skin an overall vibrant and healthy appearance.
- It’s also an effective way to relieve inflammation and irritation long-term thanks to the use of Tiger Grass.
- I love the fact that this moisturizer is suitable for most skin types, including normal, dry, combo, and oily skin.
- It’s perfect for daily use and you don’t even need foundation after the moisturizer as it protects the skin, reduces redness, and evens out the complexion.
What to have in mind:
- For deeper skin tones, it may not be the best option as it can make the skin look a bit pale and washed off.
- The cream can transfer to your clothes because it rubs off similarly to a foundation.
With SPF: Eucerin Anti-Redness Concealing Day Cream SPF25
This next redness-fighting moisturizer that I’d like to introduce to you is the Anti-Redness Concealing Day Cream by Eucerin.
This is a green moisturizer with SPF in it, which is highly practical for both covering any visible signs of redness and protecting your skin from the damaging effects of the sun – it’s basically everything you need from a daily moisturizer.
The tint in this is just the right amount to cover your red patches for the entire day, but not give you a greenish undertone. The cream completely disappears on your skin.
I found it plays well under makeup and other skincare, and it leaves your skin feeling really happy and smooth, without a heavy residue.
This is by far one of the most enjoyable redness-covering moisturizers on my list.
It’s relatively inexpensive – $28 for a 1.7 oz jar (50ml), and it lasts a fairly long time.
- The glycerin in this is responsible not only for the smooth feeling of your skin but also for the sufficient moisture that you get from the cream.
- This green moisturizer boasts a range of sunscreen ingredients that will protect your skin from sun rays. Here you’ll find homosalate, octocrylene, and ethylhexyl salicylate, just to name a few.
- There’s also an ingredient called 4-T-Butylcyclohexanol – a trans-isomer that relieves skin irritation instantly and soothes inflamed, itchy skin. It gives a slight cooling effect.
What we like:
- I love the fact that you can put this on and go on with your day. It’s perfect for those busy mornings when you want a quick morning routine.
- It doesn’t feel heavy on the face and is easily absorbed by the skin. I would say that it’s suitable for all skin types.
- A tiny bit of this cream goes a long way and it gives sufficient moisturizing for normal and oily skin.
- The cream is a pleasure to use and it instantly calms and soothes the skin.
What to have in mind:
If you have very dry skin, you will need to put a moisturizing serum or another moisturizer underneath this, as it won’t be enough on its own.
SheaMoisture Matcha Green Tea & Probiotics Color Correcting Moisturizer
The SheaMoisture Matcha Green Tea with Probiotics Color Correcting Moisturizer is another green face lotion that I’d like to draw your attention to, especially the folks with oilier skin.
Now, this one was a total surprise to me.
First off, it says “moisturizer” on the package, but I found it to be initially hard to blend into the skin. It has a very thick consistency that’s not easy to work with.
Luckily, I managed to find a workaround: I browsed the reviews and several people had suggested dotting a small amount onto your red zones and blending it in quickly as it tends to pill if you continue to rub it in. This strategy definitely worked for me too, so keep that in mind if you give this product a go.
It’s especially suitable for people who wear minimal or no makeup and have normal to oily skin.
Otherwise, the cream is well moisturizing, it’s just not what you would generally expect of a product like this.
The moisturizer costs about $29 for a 2 oz jar (60 ml).
- Glycerin, shea butter, and beta-glucan work in a team to give you sufficient moisture, and antioxidant support, and help in healing irritated skin.
- Allantoin will soothe inflammation and will soften and protect your skin.
- Tea tree leaf oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-septic – great for treating any pimples.
What we like:
- The cream leaves behind a nice matte look and makes the skin tone look evened out for hours. It stays put and can play as an amazing primer or even a concealer for those of you who don’t wear makeup or would like to minimize its use.
- The skin instantly feels calm, soothed, and well-moisturized in the areas where you apply this cream.
- This green-tinted moisturizer is cruelty-free and it doesn’t leave a green cast.
- It works well for people with rosacea and redness, as it conceals it effectively while working on the underlying cause at the same time.
What to have in mind:
- This has several fatty alcohols in the ingredients, so keep that in mind if you know for a fact that your skin tends to flare up when in contact with such.
- The moisturizer needs a special technique of application if you want it to work well (described in the previous section).
- The product has a specific scent that can easily be compared to a clay mask.
- It’s a bit hard to find it online, I bought mine at Walmart.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
The IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Sensitive Skin Moisturizer is a green-tinted cream specifically designed for dry and sensitive skin. It’s a product created for daily and night use that neutralizes redness and calms the skin.
The interesting part is that this product was developed by a team of dermatologists and plastic surgeons, so it’s marketed as a solution that can tackle skin redness twofold: by eliminating visible irritation and by diminishing it long-term with soothing components.
It has a rich ingredient list chock full of skin-loving stuff.
- Glycerin and shea butter team up to give you the needed hydration while soothing the skin.
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – is a popular hydrating agent that also works great at calming irritated skin and reducing inflammation.
- Colloidal oatmeal – this natural anti-irritant hydrates and softens the skin. It’s extremely suitable for sensitive skin and makes the product gentle and effective for dryness. It also has antioxidant properties.
- Ceramides, collagen, betaine, squalane, yeast extract, and a tonne of other supporting ingredients all work to build up the natural resilience of your skin, moisturize it, and help it restore its moisture barrier.
What we like:
- The product works great for covering up redness and can even cover rosacea effectively.
- The results are truly instant, offering a quick fix for anyone looking for an immediate solution to inflammation or redness. At the same time, within one week you can notice overall inflammation subsiding, giving way to strong and healthy-looking skin.
- It’s free from fragrance, essential oils, and alcohol – known irritants for sensitive skin types.
What to have in mind:
- Compared to other green-tinted moisturizers, this option is a bit more costly, priced at around $99 for a jar of 2 oz (60ml).
- This original green-tinted version doesn’t seem to be available anywhere but on Amazon. There are newer versions that aren’t green in color at the official IT Cosmetics’ store, but those are totally different products.
Hero Cosmetics Rescue Balm +Red Correct
Next on the list is the Hero Cosmetics Rescue Balm +Red Correct – a product I would say is a good dupe to the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Treatment sans the SPF protection.
By far, this is the cheapest option in my list of green-colored moisturizers and creams.
As a green-tinted lotion designed for oily, combo, sensitive, dry, and normal skin, this option is a good fit for anyone looking to tackle redness and even out their complexion. This is a multitasking solution as it soothes dry skin and blurs away all redness.
- Soothing agents – the formula contains ingredients like panthenol, beta-glucan, and allantoin, which all soothe and calm the skin pretty quickly after application.
- Shea butter and glycerin support the moisture barrier of your skin and help it heal faster.
- There’s also a bunch of peptides in the mix working together to achieve different goals such as skin healing, increase in collagen synthesis, and more.
- Tocopheryl acetate – is an antioxidant that protects the skin from the potential impact of the environment.
What we like:
- The green tint in the product contains hi-tech color-changing pigments that are activated as you blend the product. As a result, you get beige coverage almost instantly, so you won’t get Shrek-faced.
- It’s very lightweight and easy on the skin, it doesn’t feel like you’ve put anything.
The cream is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.
It’s also free from alcohol, essential oils, and fragrance.
- Overall, it’s a great product for its price!
What to have in mind:
- People with super light or darker skin might not enjoy this as much as it tends to get a bit orange throughout the day.
- When using this green moisturizer you have to be very quick with the blending as it dries up quickly.
What other products and ingredients can you use to color-correct your redness?
Apart from the green-tinted moisturizers that I shared above, there are other alternatives you can use to curb your redness and rosacea.
For instance, there are a ton of primers, BB, and CC creams that offer instant coverage for rosacea-prone people. You can test out different options to see which products work best for you.
What’s important to note is the ingredients that you should look for in the products you buy, specifically for redness reduction and hydration. There are powerful ingredients that alleviate redness in serums, tonics, essences, and other skincare.
The following ingredients can help alleviate your inflamed skin and tone down any redness:
- Azelaic acid
- Aloe extract
- Acetyl tetrapeptide-40
- Camellia sinensis leaf extract
To sum things up, there are plenty of green creams to test if you’re searching for the ultimate solution to facial redness and treatment for rosacea.
Do you have experience with any of the products I’ve listed above?
Or maybe you’ve tried other green creams that have worked like magic for you? Do share your findings in the comments section below.
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