There are a number of different herbal skin care remedies available today as more and more people are becoming aware of the potential of herbal remedies for skin. Of all the herbs that are available to us, there are many which are suitable for use in an herbal skin care product as each has different benefits.
When considering which herbs to use in a skin care product, an herbalist will also consider the cause of the problem as well as the symptoms that are produced.
Many skin conditions are related to different toxins that are present in the body, and a build up of toxins in organs such as the liver will have an effect on other systems of the body. Detoxifying is an important part of herbal skin care and is one of the principles of Chinese herbs for skin care.
- Aloe vera is a very popular herb which can heal and soothe the skin. The gel from this plant is often used undiluted and is ideal for skin that is sunburnt or which is inflamed from an acne outbreak or eczema.
- Ginkgo biloba is another popular herbal remedy, as it is considered to improve the flow of blood and oxygen in the body. As this improves the circulation, then more nutrients are able to reach the cells of the skin.
- Ginseng contains “ginsenosides” which are an active component of the herb. These are considered to be important for the reactivation of skin cells. This is often used in Chinese skin care.
- Horse chestnut is considered to be one of the best extracts for herbal skin care, as it is a natural antioxidant and can help to prevent damage done to skin, which leads to wrinkling.
- Lavender can be used in the form of the essential oil or applied in skin creams. This is one of the most gentle herbs, and the oil is considered to be gentle enough to be used undiluted on the skin, although advice should be sought from an aromatherapy professional first. This is the ideal herb for using to soothe the skin when it is inflamed.
- Calendula is a gentle herbal extract which is often used on dry skin. This is often added to skin care products.
- Chamomile is another herb which can be used in different ways for herbal skin care. This is a very calming herb, so those who have skin problems that are related to stress may find it helpful to drink chamomile tea, although the dry herb or oil can be added to lotions for topical application. It is soothing and has antibacterial properties.
- Tea tree oil is an extract which can be added to skin preparations to treat spots and acne. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties and can help to clear up break-outs.
Using Herbs in Skin Care
Using herbal remedies for skin care does not just mean applying herbs or extracts in the form of topical products. Regularly using herbal teas and tinctures can be an easy way to include herbs in a daily routine, which can have a beneficial effect on the skin. It is important to find a remedy and routine which suits your particular needs and skin type.
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