Inflamed skin is painful, red, and irritated. That irritation can show up in a number of ways in the form of facial redness, acne, windburn, rosacea, or other skin conditions. Choosing topical products with natural anti-inflammatories can soothe your skin naturally. Here are some natural anti-inflammatories that are often used in moisturizers to safely cool your irritated skin.
Arnica is derived from a yellow mountain daisy and was traditionally used to treat bruising. It increases circulation by stimulating white blood cell activity and reducing inflammation. Long term oral use may be dangerous but using it in a topical cream is a safe way to soothe your skin.
Ginger is a useful spice for your skin. It’s an anti-inflammatory that also has anti-oxidant and anti-aging qualities. It also improves blood circulation throughout your body.
- Pine Bark Extract
Pine bark extract slows aging and improves hydration. Researchers in Germany found that it improved skin hydration, skin elasticity, and fatigue. It has the same bioflavonoids found in red wine, grapes, cocoa, cranberries, and apples.
It’s one of the most commonly used medicinal herbs, an anti-inflammatory used in wound healing that’s also calming to your skin.
Calendula is a close relative to the marigold. It has antiseptic qualities but it doesn’t irritate the skin in anyway.
Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.