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Natural botanicals that calm the senses and reduce inflammation are like a glass of wine for the skin! That doesn’t mean you should waste your wine and dump it on yourself – it just means that if we can calm our skin and reduce inflammation, it will look more relaxed and clearer.
When it comes to how your skin and complexion look every day, the experts agree that inflammation is the one common symptom of pretty much every skin condition. Everything from dry skin caused by the environment and cold, dry weather, to unbalanced sebum (your skin’s natural oils that create a moisture barrier for protection) and even hereditary skin conditions. Everyday habits, like our diet and the way our body reacts to stress, can also create inflammation that can make our skin look dull and lifeless. All these stressors lead to one common symptom known as inflammation, and it can often irritate our skin in many ways causing it to look dry, flaky red, blotchy and oily.
When it comes to how your skin and complexion look every day, the experts agree that inflammation is the one common symptom of pretty much every skin condition.
Our skin can have a very delicate balance and sometimes, simple skin care remedies and routines work the best. Try to use products with simple, naturally anti-inflammatory ingredients. Reducing skin inflammation is the easiest way to a better-looking and clearer full-body complexion.
Here are the Top 5 botanicals used for centuries to calm the skin:
This outlier antioxidant makes that nightly glass of red wine you drink a good pick for your health, and the grape-derived compound is great for the health of your skin, too. The grape extract synthesis works by decreasing certain proteins while helping to increase production of anti-inflammatory molecules in the skin. End-result: it calms overly-stressed skin and reduces redness while fighting free radicals that cause skin to age more quickly.
Licorice Root Extract
Useful for calming redness, swelling, itching and irritation, licorice root contains components that actively inhibit inflammation. But, this incredible botanical doesn’t stop there! It’s also a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce the signs of aging and can help soften dark spots by regulating areas of the skin that are prone to hyper-pigmentation.
Tea Time! Sure, we all know green tea is a smart choice for drinking hot or cold, but it’s also a smart choice for soothing stressed skin. It’s an abundant source of plant polyphenols which, when used topically, have been shown to reduce inflammation and have protective effects on the skin against sun-induced free radicals, redness and aging. The bottom line: Keep sippin’ and slatherin’!
After you eat it for breakfast, feed and nurture your skin with it, too! Credit the beta-glucans and sugars that reduce inflammation and enhance skin’s collagen production. The beauty of this one is that it’s very gentle and can be safely used regularly and for long periods of time as part of your daily regimen. It’s so good, the ingredient is one approved by the FDA as a treatment for eczema.
Commonly known as CBD, it’s a naturally-occurring, non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Why is it good for your skin? It’s widely considered one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory substances on the planet and is known for its healing properties. Cannabidiol offers some serious antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits which can be beneficial in treating concerns like inflammation, dryness, free radical damage and overall stressed skin.
Homework: Teach your tanners that reducing inflammation in their skin every day improves their complexion and makes their tan look its glowing best!
David is a National Educator for Sun Evolutions, offering brands including Supre Tan, ProTan, Fiesta Sun and Hempz. He is a face-to-face sales and beauty product fanatic who gauges his success solely on his effectiveness at selling real product to real, live salon guests.
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