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Curb Inflammation for Smooth Skin

I’m a huge skincare dork. So much so that I actually read books written by dermatologists. It’s only fair that I share what I’ve learned with you.

Today’s lesson: curbing skin inflammation.

Why inflammation is scary
In Wrinkle Free Forever by Dr. Howard Murad (St. Martin’s Griffin: 2004), dermatologist Howard Murad talks about the damage caused by inflammation. Examples of skin inflammation include: acne, allergies, dermatitis, flushing, hives, and the symptoms associated with skin conditions like Rosacea and Psoriasis. Inflammation is a sign that the body is attempting to protect itself from trauma. Over time, this protection backfires, creating an excessive amount of free radicals and leading to water loss in the skin cells (and eventually, loss of elasticity, wrinkles and uneven skin tone). Murad says that antioxidants that double as anti-inflammatories can help halt this process. He suggests that polyphenols (plant-derived antioxidants) are especially beneficial.

The power of polyphenols
Powerful sources of polyphenols include green tea, white tea, grape seed extract, olive oil, dark chocolate and pomegranate. Here’s how they work:

Grape seed extract
: Free radical scavengers that strengthen and repair damaged cells with flavanoids. Also a rich source of Essential Fatty Acids.

Green tea
: Calms and visible and internal signs of inflammation.

: Reinforces the skin’s structural fibers and boots sun protection.

Other inflammation-reducing ingredients to look for:

• Arnica
Aloe Vera



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8 comments for “Curb Inflammation for Smooth Skin”

  1. murad has teh best products. by right now im using l’occitane and it has done wonders for my skin.
    i drink green tea every day, and after this im going to eat grapes every day as well!!!

    Posted by ryder | September 30, 2008, 4:41 am
  2. It’s great to know that while I’m fighting off a head cold, that the Pomegranate Green Tea I’ve been chugging is also helping keep my skin calm and looking great!

    Posted by Ashe Mischief | September 30, 2008, 5:29 am
  3. i can also attest to the miracle of green tea - bring on the antioxidants, i say!

    this entry made me giggle, as i went on a camping trip this past weekend and actually googled “how to take care of your skin while camping” - who does that??? (side note: ponds facial cleansing cloths worked marvelously for me and i think they contain green tea extract!).


    Posted by Rachel | September 30, 2008, 8:34 am
  4. @ryder & @Ashe Mischief- good for you for being tea drinkers! i’m sure a cup (or more)of green or pom tea makes your skin uber-radiant.

    Posted by Kezia | September 30, 2008, 9:35 am
  5. @Rachel- i would totally google “how to take care of your skin while camping.” hehe. :-)

    Posted by Kezia | September 30, 2008, 9:36 am
  6. oh, good. It sounds like my tea and chocolate obsessions serve a purpose other than just treating myself every day of my life :)

    Posted by Kelly | September 30, 2008, 12:50 pm
  7. thanks for this infomation, i get red patches sometimes, so this will really help! x

    Posted by Sarah | September 30, 2008, 3:44 pm
  8. As a former insane coffee addict, turned green tea lover I can definitly see a big improvement of my skin quality. Beauty truly comes from the inside!

    Posted by Shopgirl | October 6, 2008, 2:17 pm

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