Red. Rough. Blemished. Itchy, dry, and super sensitive. Sound like you? That’s inflammation of the skin at work. Most of us deal with inflammation on face from time to time, but thankfully, it's not usually serious. Your skincare can make a world of difference by helping to soothe inflammation on face and prevent it from happening in future. Read on for five ways to help eliminate inflammation for healthy, clear skin.
What is inflammation?
In simple terms, inflammation is your body’s biological response to fighting irritants. Those irritants could be toxins, allergens, pollution or UV rays. Check your bathroom and kitchen cabinets, as synthetic and chemical products can be just as bad. That’s why it’s a good idea to use natural and organic products in your clear skin routine.
What does inflammation look like?
Inflammation on face can manifest as blotchy, red, rough, or blemished skin. It can also lead to dark spots or breakouts. Many common skin conditions are caused by inflammation, such as dermatitis on face. It’s a good idea to consult with your doctor to rule out any possible medical conditions, especially if the inflammation of skin is painful. A medical professional can recommend a skin inflammation treatment that will help. When facial inflammation is minor, there are simple steps we can take to keep inflammation at bay.
Five ways to help eliminate inflammation on face
One: Avoid the sun & always use SPF
Ever feel like your skin is on fire at the end of a sunny day? You don’t have to be sunburnt to feel the effects of UV damage. In fact, it’s one of the most common causes of inflammation on face. You’re less likely to need a skin inflammation treatment if you cover up, stay in the shade, and use sunscreen. It's the one step you should take above all to avoid inflammation in the skin.
As well as sunscreen, we recommend applying a natural moisturiser with SPF. Immortal SPF15 Face & Body Moisturiser contains raspberry seed, a major source of antioxidants. Meanwhile, antioxidant compound Vinanza® Grape & Kiwi helps decrease redness*. Because the formulation is fragrance free, it’s suitable for the whole family.
Two: Defend skin against oxidative stress
Avoiding the sun is your best weapon against free radical damage. The other? Antioxidants, and lots of them. Antioxidants work by neutralising the effects of harmful free radicals - the nasties which lead to oxidative stress and inflammation of the skin.
Superfruits are ultra-high in these antioxidants. The best source is a concentrated superfruit serum such as Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum. The label reads like a who’s-who of superfruits: boysenberry, blackcurrant, kiwifruit and Vinanza® Grape. It even has coffee berry and acai, which are also potent antioxidants. Since antioxidants help with inflammation, they may also help reduce blemishes. That makes them excellent ingredients for a clear skin routine.
Three: Improve your skin barrier function
The skin barrier plays an important role in reducing inflammation on face, because it serves as a shield between your skin and pollution in the environment. To enhance your skin barrier, look for a moisturiser with probiotics. Applying probiotics for inflammation can help balance the skin’s microbiome and pH levels, leading to calmer, clearer skin.
Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream uses Kalibiome AGE, an innovative non-live probiotic. This unique strain is scientifically shown to help reduce roughness, redness, and improve skin barrier function**. And because it enhances your skin barrier, it helps skin hold moisture for longer.
Four: Use products for sensitive skin
As a general rule, sensitive skin products can be much gentler on skin. 100% natural and ultra-clean products are even better, because they're full of soothing, calming, and replenishing ingredients.
Antipodes products are safe for most skin types, but some are especially good for sensitive skin. Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser & Makeup Remover is one of them. Certified organic and vegan, this gentle cleanser has some of the most essential oils for inflammation such as avocado oil and marigold bloom.
Five: Use nourishing oils to hydrate & soothe
Facial oils are great for calming stressed skin, and may even help with inflammation of the skin. Their richer formulas help provide a barrier, hydrating while reducing moisture loss. Hydrated skin is happy skin.
Divine Face Oil Rosehip & Avocado Oil is contains three essential oils for inflammation: organic rosehip oil, avocado oil, and macadamia nut oil. This trio is full of essential fatty acids and antioxidants to nurture flaky, tired skin. Rosehip oil is rich in Vitamin E as well as polyphenols: powerful antioxidants which may help reduce inflammation of skin. These powerful properties make rosehip one of the essential oils for rosacea.