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.