Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients to Help Soothe Your Skin


Sometimes skin gets mad. It shows its strife with redness, itchiness, and dry patches. While the best thing you can do to combat irritated skin is to diagnose its cause, soothing it with natural ingredients can help an awful lot too. We've rounded up some of our very favorite ingredients for pacifying angry skin. What are your favorites? We'd love to hear your suggestions. Share them with us in the comments below!

Organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Nature certainly has a sense of humor. While cacti and succulents are best known for their ability to inflict pain on unwary bottoms, they hold a special secret, an ability to soothe, heal, and restore the health of damaged hair, skin, nails, and cuticles. The anti-inflamatory properties combined with the rich moisturizing power of Prickly Pear Seed Oil make it a wonderful choice for body oils, serums, butters, and balms. 

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Organic Argan Oil 
Argan fruits can be tough to crack, but their bounty can help aid in soft, smooth, and happy skin. Argan Oil is rich in moisturizing lipids and antioxidants. It can help increase skin's elasticity while helping to heal sun damage, psoriasis, and eczema. It's anti-inflammatory properties are so strong that it is even sometimes used to help soothe sore muscles and aching joints.

Sangre De Drago Resin
Also known as Dragon's Blood, Sangre De Drago is extracted from tropical trees in the Amazonian forests. The extract has been used for generations in folk medicine, to heal the body inside and out. This exotic ingredient makes an excellent addition to toners, lotions, and creams. It posesses strong anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, making it a good choice for skin that has been irritated by acnes, sunburn, or mild rashes. 

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German Chamomile Essential Oil
This ethereally blue oil contains a large amount of azulene, a natural chemical with powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Add this herbaceous Essential Oil to masks, serums, and facial creams to help soothe inflamed skin. German Chamomile Essential Oil can also be added to bath and body formulations to help soothe eczema and psoriasis on the rest of the body.

Rhatany Root CO2 Extract
This wonder root contains powerful natural chemicals that can help to reduce inflammation, reduce oxidative stress, and aid in the natural repair of damaged skin. When added to creams, serums, and facial masks, Rhatany Root can be a powerful ally in the fight against redness and prematurely aging skin.

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Witch Hazel Hydrosol
This mild herbal Hydrosol makes an excellent toner for red and irritated skin. Its gentle antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties make it both cleansing and soothing. Also try Witch Hazel Hydrosol as a wetting agent in facial maks or in the water phase of healing creams and lotions.

White Willow Bark Extract
White Willow Bark contains Salicin, a natural chemical that inspired the creation of aspirin. It's also a cousin to salycic acid, a common ingredient in anti-acne formulations and treatments. White Willow Bark is a wonderful ingredient for soothing acne-prone or otherwise irritated skin gently and naturally. This water-soluble extract can be added to toners, cleansers, and lotions.

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Organic Chia Seed Oil
Chia Seed Oil contains a remarkable blend of amino acids, essential fatty acids, and nutritive minerals such as zinc. Chia Seed Oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties, and its unique combination of zinc and amino acids can help combat acne, scarring, and premature aging. Try using Chia Seed Oil as-is as a moizturing facial and body oil, or add it to serums, creams, or blends.

Murumuru Butter
Murumuru Butter is a rich, creamy emollient harvested from the Amazon. It contains a dizzying list of beneficial properties. It is packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and Pro-Vitamin A. In addition to being highly moisurizing, Murumuru also boasts anti-allergenic, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial properties. Besides, this butter have the cutest name ever. I just like saying it. "Moo roo moo roo."

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Passionfruit (Maracuja) Oil
This rich, moisturizing oil is rich in healthy minerals, and antioxidants. It is known for its calming abilities. It's anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties make it excellent for soothing irritated skin, swollen muscles, and chronically dry skin. It is also recommended for scalp treatments, as Passionfruit Oil is believed to help encourage healthy hair growth. Try using Passionfruit Oil as-is as a nourishing oil for the body, scalp, or face, or blend it into serums, balms, or lotions.



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