Reducing inflammation in your body is the key to preventing disease, boosting your energy and naturally treating a host of ailments that stem from inflammation such as eczema or arthritis.
The best way to reduce inflammation is by eating a healthy, primarily plant-based diet, exercising and keeping your stress levels to a minimum (this can be tricky, we know!)
But did you know that you can reduce inflammation externally too, just by the products you choose to apply to your skin?
Keep reading to learn more about our two favourite ingredients for reducing inflammation in your skin and how they can leave your skin glowing and radiant!
What does skin inflammation look like and what causes it?
Skin inflammation is skin that appears red and inflamed, and it may feel hot or itchy. A good example is acne, a very common inflammatory skin condition that causes redness of the skin along with painful, swollen blemishes. Other inflammatory skin conditions include Eczema, Rosacea, Dermatitis or Psoriasis.
There are a variety of factors that may contribute to skin inflammation- from food sensitivities or allergies (most commonly to dairy, gluten or processed sugars), irritation from pollution or environmental exposure, to hormones doing their thing. Either way, inflamed skin can be uncomfortable, annoying, inconvenient and hard on your confidence at times. The sooner you get it under control, the sooner you can feel like your beautiful confident self again.
This is where our superstar ingredients come in…
You may be more familiar with turmeric as a spice in your favourite curry or as the star ingredient in a comforting mug of golden milk, but what you may not have realized, is that turmeric is an excellent ingredient in your skin care products too!
The potent anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric will instantly calm inflammation from painful cystic acne breakouts, and its antimicrobial, antiseptic and antibacterial properties will help to heal and prevent future breakouts. Turmeric will also help to fade acne scars and its potent antioxidant content will prevent cell damage and leave your skin visibly glowing and healthy.
Don’t confuse this ingredient as something from the deep blue, it’s actually derived from the sea buckthorn shrub, indigenous to coastal and mountainous regions of Asia and Europe.
Sea buckthorn berries contains a whopping 190 nutrients and phytonutrients, and its vitamin C content is 12 times higher than that of an orange! We adore Vitamin C here at Huna Apothecary, because it reduces inflammation, boosts collagen for firmer, plumper skin, and brightens skin like no other. It’s also the only plant source that contains the elusive omega 7, along with omega 3,6 and 9 all of which offer hydrating, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating properties to the skin.
Sea buckthorn will reduce inflammation in the skin, fade scars, prevent future flare ups and promote an overall more youthful looking skin. This makes it a favourite among all ages! It is great for promoting the regeneration of healthy skin cells, which makes it a solid choice for those struggling to heal an inflammatory skin condition.
Huna Apothecary grows over 30 different species of organic botanicals in our ‘Skin Nutrition’ Garden in Manitoba, Canada. We’re growing 7 organic Sea Buckthorn trees, and we look forward to extracting our own CO2 extract from our Sea Buckthorn berries.
Huna’s Nourish Skin Nutrition Balm contains Sea Buckthorn CO2 Extract, and is formulated to heal, calm, soothe and regenerate inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, or psoriasis. It is advised that you also work with a Nutritionist or Dietitian, and try and Elimination Diet to remove inflammatory triggers from your diet- dairy, gluten and processed sugars. It just may resolve your inflammatory skin struggles entirely.
Huna’s Clarify range is specially formulated for oily, congested and blemish-prone skin. Huna’s Clarify range contains Turmeric Extract to reduce inflammation, and heal acne with natural botanical antimicrobial power.
If you’re looking to finally find something that will really improve your troubled skin without exposing you to chemicals or even if your skin is just in need of a boost, then we highly recommend these two excellent ingredients in your skincare.