5 natural ingredients that are great for soothing skin inflammation - biobod

5 natural ingredients that are great for soothing skin inflammation

Nature is pretty amazing. When not disturbed, everything in nature can work in harmony with each other.  Although we often forget this, as humans, we are part nature and much of what we need to look after ourselves can be found from the natural environment.   

Some great natural skincare ingredients to seek out include:

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a wonder spice and is a staple in both cooking and ancient remedies. Turmeric contains high levels of antioxidants, as well as having both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.  Look for it in skin care products or for a home remedy; mix half a teaspoon into some boiling water, which is cooled and then apply to the affected area.  Important tip: This solution can be a little messy and will stain white fabric.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is extremely well-known for its healing properties and and its cooling and soothing effect. It’s mostly known as a remedy for sunburn. Aloe vera is also a humectant that works with the environment to draw moisture from the air and keep the skin hydrated  If you can get your hands on an Aloe Vera plant…fresh aloe is amazing. 

3. Green Tea

Green tea is a powerful antioxidant with both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The benefits of green tea can be attained by drinking it as well as applying topically to the skin.  Look for it and an ingredient in your skin care products, spritz cool green tea on your face, or even relax wit some cooled green tea bags on your eyelids. 

4. Centella Asiatica

Centella Asiatica, also known as Gotu Kola or Indian Pennywort is an ancient remedy for a wide array of skin issues. Centella Asiatica is a rich source of natural bioactive substances known to exhibit anti-inflammatory activity and affect skin hydration and barrier function.  Look for Centella Asiatica extract in skin care products for skin sensitivities. 

4. Colloidal Oats

Colloidal oatmeal is essentially finely-ground oats. It works as a moisturiser and skin protectant due to it's unique composition of fats, proteins and other nutrients.  Furthermore it has antioxidant and prebiotic properties, which means it fights free radicals in your skin and help feed good bacteria on the skin.  Colloidal oatmeal is also known to soothe inflammation caused by a group of proteins in your body that are known as cytokines. As such, it is used as a treatment for dermatitis and other dry skin conditions.