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You’ve seen it on TikTok: how to correct redness with cica and green primers

IF YOU’RE ON THE BEAUTY SIDE OF TIKTOK, YOU’RE LIKELY NO STRANGER TO THE SPIKE IN GREEN-HUED CREAMS ON YOUR FEED. HERE’S HOW THEY’RE GOING TO SAVE YOU FROM REDNESS THIS SUMMER.

Whether it’s by way of skincare or makeup, redness-correcting products a moment right now, and for good reason. Like a real-life beauty filter, they help to reduce redness instantly once pressed into the skin. In skincare, this is thanks to the inclusion of K-Beauty ingredient cica (formally known as centella asiatica, and more casually as tiger herb), and in makeup, the presence of a pastel green tint or undertone. Here’s what you need to know.

WHAT IS CICA, AND WHAT DOES IT DO?

A staple in traditional Chinese medicine, cica is not by any means a new finding—tigers, in fact, were onto it first as they were known to rub the plant’s leaves into their wounds for its healing powers (alas the nickname ‘tiger herb’). As for the human derma, cica is believed to help calm and repair irritated, angry-looking complexions, making it especially great for sensitive skin.

Naturally packed with amino acids, beta-carotene and vitamins A, C, B1 and B2, the antioxidant-rich ingredient is known to have protective anti-microbial benefits, and finds itself in the formulas of some of our top products for calming dry, dull, and irritated skin.

THE BEST SKINCARE WITH CICA:

ELEMIS Superfood Cica Calm Booster: Like a serum but with the nourishment of an oil, this high-powered concentrate is formulated with fermented cica to effectively calm and soothe the skin.

Origins Mega Mushroom Soothing Treatment Lotion: Combining cica with reishi mushroom, this ultra- sensitive skin-friendly essence visibly reduces the look of redness while prepping skin for serum and moisturiser.

Glow Recipe Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream: Like an energising banana smoothie, this moisturiser is packed full of magnesium and potassium which work together with cica to calm, hydrate, balance, and even irritated skin.

Kat Burki Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream: 15 percent stabilised vitamin C meets Kat Burki’s cica-powered signature KB5™ Complex in this everyday moisturiser, resulting in skin that’s even, smooth, bright, and protected.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Skin Rescuer: Designed to reduce the visible effects of stress on the skin, this barrier-balancing moisturiser with cica, chamomile and rosa gallica delivers on even skin tone, free from redness and fatigue.

WHAT DOES A GREEN PRIMER DO?

Sitting directly across from red on the colour wheel, green has the power to neutralise or ‘cancel out’ the appearance of redness—it’s basic colour theory that translates on a canvas, and onto your face.

While the colour may seem daunting from the tube/pot/palette (or you might have been traumatised by the thick, opaque green concealers of the early 2000s), these won’t leave you with Shrek-like results—instead, you’ll notice a more even-looking complexion instantly. Green primers are great for fair skin tones prone to rosacea and angry breakouts, neutralising redness with just a thin layer of product. A good one will likely save you from additional layers of foundation or concealer.

THE BEST GREEN PRIMERS FOR REDNESS:

Stila One Step Correct: With the addition of a lavender hue to soften yellow tones and peach to brighten blue (hello under eyes) Stila’s cult primer does it all, eliminating redness while refining pores, controlling oil and hydrating the skin.

Smashbox Photo Finish Reduce Redness Primer: Alongside the anti-ageing benefits of vitamin C and peptides, this long-loved green primer counteracts redness instantly while delivering on an even, velvety, and long-wearing finish.

bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Anti-Redness Mattifying Primer: In addition to its neutralising green hue, this weightless gel primer actively calms stressed skin with chamomile and arnica—it’s an anti-redness double-whammy.

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