Homemade anti-redness mask

My skin comes in either the pale, freckly and blotchy variety or the red, freckly and blotchy variety. I’m a fan of neither but the redness annoys me just that bit more.

When I was getting my eyebrows waxed recently, the woman doing it commented on my red skin (so relaxing) and mentioned that they do anti-redness treatments which ‘are basically just sour cream and moisturiser.’ I’m sure more goes into her salon grade potions than just sour cream but I thought I’d give it a go at home.


I simply mixed together 20ml sour cream with 5ml of my regular day time moisturiser and slowly smoothed over my skin allowing to sink in and set.  I left it on my skin for a good 45 minutes before removing with a wet face cloth. My skin actually looked redder whist the mixture was on my skin which was worrying but because it didn’t tingle or heat up in anyway I left it to work its magic.

You know what? I’m thrilled with the results more so than any other ‘homemade’ face mask I’ve tried before. Immediately I noticed the skin on my cheeks was pink rather than the usual bright red. It also felt supple and happy – yes happy (does that make sense?) My skin felt good and happy all at once – which is the first time that has happened since I was about seven.

Of course the anti-redness didn’t last forever but I’m pleased to report it dulled the redness for 3-4 days even with my normal skincare routine.


P.S. As with all milk based products, sour cream is a lactic acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid or AHA – which speed the removal of the top layer of skin cells-ish), so make sure to wear sunscreen after you use this mask.

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  1. Thanks for this one, I’m also looking for new face masks. I hate snide comments beauticians often make… I get so upset during facials since I KNOW I don’t have great skin but they always insist on reminding me how crap it is.

    Ava Tallulah

  2. That is fantastic! I’ll need to give this a go one day :D

  3. What a great idea, I hate my blotchy patches but I don’t know if I could stand to put sour cream on my face I hate the stuff!


  4. this is genious! from the ingredients i can totally see why it would lessen redness, and to have a chemical exfoliant as well! thanks for the tip :)

  5. wow as long as 3-4 days, that sounds great, must give this a go! I love your blog lately, im always on it finding out new snippets of info :)

    sophierosehearts x

  6. Oooh interesting. I wonder if this would work on my upper chest which due to youthful ignorance is now permamently sun damaged and quite often red,

  7. Well your egg mask worked for me, I think I shall try this too!

  8. Sounds like it worked a treat! Could be trying this the weekend.

    X x

  9. Well that sounds cool, I might try it out! Thanks Thrifty xx

  10. Oooooo might give this a go. Did you just wash it off with water? Xx

  11. That’s a really good idea for a mask! I don’ suffer with redness myself but have a few friends who do & will be sure to send them straight to this blogpost!

    A pleasure to read as always!

    Abi x

  12. Wow what a good idea. I hate when my skin looks red, it goes so well with my mousey blonde hair, not! Definitely going to try this. We often have home made burritos or fajitas & we are always left with a little sourcream in the pot, not enough to use it for anything but enough I don’t want to waste it, I just hate waste. This seems the prefect thing to use up what’s left next time we have a Mexican. Gem x

  13. I too have the joy of pale, sometimes red, freckled skin! I’m going to give this a try this week, can’t wait! <3

  14. I will try this!! I have had expensive laser treatments for my red skin—this should save me gobs!!!

  15. Did not know that about lactic acid affecting skin’s ability to avoid sun damage!! That mask sounds really good! :) Maybe that really was all that was in the salon version! :)

  16. Thanks for sharing this, the mask sounds amazing! I find that when masks don’t hurt a bit, they don’t work, so it’s cool to hear that this one works without the unpleasant tingles… I’m definitely going to try it out!


  17. i hope this works! ive got really red skin :( ill have to try this. thanks! x


  18. Ooh! I shall have to try this ooot!

  19. It’s good to know this is quite effective. howver the sad part is it only lasts for a few days, right?
    I also have these red skin plus the acne (well I use a http://ehoneybees.com/Beauty-treatment/honey-masks-for-face.php for that), and I’m really looking for something that will remove the excessive redness on my face in the long run. :)

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