Your skin is subject to innumerable attacks every single day. Extreme weather conditions, UV rays, pollutants and free radicals all can irritate your skin. When your skin is irritated it often is red, inflamed and uncomfortable. Luckily, there are a number of calming skin care ingredients that reduce inflammation, calm redness and eradicate itchy, dry or peeling skin.
There is a good reason that aloe vera is the most commonly reached for after sun product. The aloe vera plant is composed of spiky, green leaves that contain a gel-like sap. It is the gel of the aloe vera plant that significantly benefits irritated skin. The skin-boosting ingredients in aloe vera are:
- Salicylic acid
- Uric Acid
Most commonly applied topically, aloe vera soothes redness and reduces inflammation. In addition, aloe vera binds moisture to the deeper layers of skin which helps to heal skin conditions such as minor burns and cuts. You can look for aloe vera in the ingredients of skin care items, or you can head to your local grocery store and grab some fresh aloe vera. Simply cut into the leaf and apply the gel directly to your irritated skin.
Chances are you had chicken pox as a child and it was nearly impossible not to itch them. Your parents most likely soothed your irritated, itchy skin with calomine lotion and oatmeal baths. Oatmeal has been used since the ancient Egyptians discovered the benefits. Oatmeal is most commonly ground up and then added to skin care products. It contains the following skin soothing ingredients:
- Beta glucan
Oatmeal is used to soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin and is so effective that it can be used by those with eczema and dermatitis. The beta glucan found in oatmeal keeps skin hydrated and moisturized because it helps improve your skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Soy is another ingredient that was popular among our ancient ancestors. The Chinese used to (and still do) use soy for medicinal purposes. Scientists are just now starting to recognize all of the impressive skin care benefits of soy, one of which is its ability to calm skin. Soy contains:
- Essential fatty acids
- Amino acids
As with oatmeal, soy is calming and helps keep your skin hydrated by repairing and protecting your skin’s moisture barrier. Soy is also amazing at reducing redness from irritation and giving you an even complexion.
Turns out that chamomile isn’t just soothing in your teacup, it also has calming properties when used for skin care as well. Several unique chemicals assist chamomile in calming your skin:
- A – bisabolol
Unfortunately you can’t just drink your way to more calm skin, you have to use it topically to obtain the benefits. Chamomile reduces both redness and inflammation as well as relieving dry, itchy skin. Chamomile also stops the release of histamines, which irritate your skin. In fact, some scientific research suggests that chamomile, applied topically, gave eczema and dermatitis sufferers the same kind of relief that hydrocortisone did.
It would be amazing if your skin stayed, clear, hydrated and even at all times. Unfortunately, that is not a reality for many. Using skin care that contains skin calming ingredients, like the ones listed above, help combat signs and symptoms of irritated skin.