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Definition: Arnica

Mr. Bella is fast becoming a huge fan of the rock climbing gym. As a result, he's become a huge fan of arnica oil. The extract from arnica, a daisy-like plant, helps reduce inflammation and pain from sprains, muscle aches, sore joints, and insect bites. Arnica also helps alleviate bruising by stimulating blood circulation. You could say it's a major multitasker.

Typically found in ointments, gels, or creams, arnica is sometimes an ingredient in beauty products, too. It gives products like Laura Mercier Deep Cleansing Clay Mask ($32) or The Eraser Concealer ($18), and DuWop Igels Variety Pack ($25) their anti-inflammatory benefits.

Acne? Arnica helps with that, too. Found in Acne by Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion ($33), arnica works to reduce redness and heal, with its natural antibacterial properties. But beware. This plant can be poisonous if ingested — not like you were going to have a taste or anything.

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