Top 5 Anti-Inflammatory ingredients to watch out for in your summer skincare products

by Muskie

Skin inflammation is very common issue that most of us face during summers or in some cases also otherwise. Inflammation is a skin condition which could be caused due to numerous reasons such as a reaction to a drug, excessive sun exposure, infection, using wrong products, allergies etc. Sun damage, redness, itching, enlarged pores, acne is few of the summer inflammations that are hard to deal with. To counteract these inflammations, it is necessary for our skin to cool down. Our skin needs soothing just like how we use an eye mask for soothing our eyes. Splashing cold water at regular intervals on our face is a common method used since years to cool our skin. But is just splashing water enough? Maybe a little, but not to an extent that we would be expect it to. Hence it is not a very effective solution. However, if we integrate anti-inflammatory ingredients in our everyday routine, it will ward off all the above problems.


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Peppermint essential oil, also known as Mentha Piperita has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which makes it an excellent ingredient for soothing and reducing inflammation due to acne. If you have oily skin, this ingredient should definitely be in the products you use. 


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Similar to aloe vera, cucumber extract hydrates the skin and reduces the redness. Due to its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, it is a popular ingredient for dealing with sunburns. It leaves a cooling effect on the skin and evens out the texture by calming tiny eruptions.


Typically found in serums, creams and lotions, bakuchiol is also considered as natural alternative of retinol or retinoid. Along with being an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient, it also visibly soothes the skin and promotes cell turnover.

Witch hazel

Witch hazel has numerous medicinal and astringent properties and has been proven to be effective in treating skin inflammation, irritation and sensitivity.

Aloe vera

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Aloe vera is a popular ingredient, found in most of the skincare products and is a widely used anti-inflammatory ingredient, especially for severe sunburns in tropical regions. It not only deals with skin inflammation but also moisturizes the skin without a greasy after feel. Using fresh aloe vera directly on your face is worth giving it a try.

With a variety of skincare brands available, it is important to check which anti-inflammatory ingredients do they contain and whether that particular ingredient is compatible with your skin type. Be sure to look at the concentration in which the ingredient is present. A very low concentration of the ingredient would hardly be any effective.