Inflammation tends to have negative connotations, but it’s a necessary part of the initial process of wound healing, where our innate immune response fires up to defend our bodies, attacking pathogens and rejuvenating skin. This temporary response is known as acute inflammation; it becomes a problem when chronic—or prolonged—inflammation occurs, due to either topical issues like over-exfoliation, external aggressors and breakdown of the lipid barrier or internal sources like diet, lifestyle or stress.
Inflammation is the root cause of nearly all skin issues, including rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and premature ageing (which has even been given its own term ‘inflammaging’). Although many skin conditions are persistent, lifestyle changes can help to reduce inflammation such as managing stress, quitting smoking and cutting down alcohol, sugar and dairy intake.
It’s also possible to address and help to reduce surface-level inflammation in the skin through topical products, particularly with antioxidant benefits. Antioxidants are substances such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C which can prevent free radicals from damaging healthy skin cells. We can get many antioxidants through diet including colourful fruit and vegetables, and spices such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon, but using topical application alongside a balanced diet has proven to be effective in improving inflammatory skin conditions.
THE PILL specifically targets this inflammation through using a complex of plant actives and calming compounds. Within three minutes of using THE PILL, 89% of consumer testers reported instantly tighter, less puffy skin while 95% reported instantly smoother and brighter skin.
The formula’s CBD and Caffeine help to reduce surface inflammation and tighten skin, while plant-based Isoamyl Laurate creates a velvet-smooth “second skin” texture. Although drinking too much coffee can cause breakouts due to any accompanying dairy and sugar and its ability to raise cortisol levels, a recent study actually found that “participants who drank 4 cups of coffee per day were less likely to develop rosacea compared with participants who did not drink coffee,” attributed to caffeine’s vasoconstrictive and immune-suppressive effects.
When THE PILL is applied, its caffeine works to constrict the blood vessels on the surface of the skin, instantly reducing puffiness and tightening, while Bilberry, Grape Seed and Liquorice Root extracts all work to reduce inflammation and help to soothe, with additional hydrating extracts that support the integrity of the skin’s lipid barrier.
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