I have been seeing red recently. I have had a little rosacea flare up and I start to look hot bothered as soon as the temperature rises above fifty degrees. I have been casting around in earnest for a cure and alighted Serious Skin Care’s Blushers & Flushers Redness Relief. It had my name on it. And it was only $26.50 – almost cheap enough for an impulse buy.

I resisted and took a closer look first. If I were to apply Flushers & Blushers, I might no longer be seeing red, but I would certainly be seeing an optical illusion. Nestling in a bed of silicones (five, no less) is the key ingredient: polymethylsilsesquioxane benzimidazole diamond co-polymer. This also goes by the name Granpowder Lumiere and, if you are into optics, it is rather clever. Diamond granules are encapsulated in a spherical polymer and in long wave UV light they photoluminesce an intense blue color. This takes the visible edge off  red skin, but it doesn’t provide a treatment or even relief (other than to the eye of the beholder).

This diamond diffuser  doesn’t quite manage to put some of the other ingredient s into soft focus. I don’t like the look of talc at all as it is a suspected carcinogen and various cancer charities are trying to get it banned from cosmetics. And then there is ferric ferrocyanide, a pigment that the FDA considers it safe. The EPA, on the other hand, says it is toxic if it ends up in the water system. The problem is that it does not dissolve easily and it is a cyanide.

Serious Skin Care has thrown in couple of vitamins and a handful of botanical extracts. But they aren’t enough to get me reaching for my credit card. I am back on red alert.


Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polymethylsilsesquioxane Benzimidazole Diamond Co-Polymer, Talc, Titanium Dioxide Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Retinyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hypericum Perforatum Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Green 6, Yellow 11, Iron Oxide.