Herbal Skin Care
The topic of skin care is not one of only recent times. Indeed, people have been worrying about it since ancient times, when natural, herbal products were presumably the only means of taking care of the skin. However, skin care has been transformed in a big way. Herbal skin care routines have been largely replaced by synthetic, chemical-based products. The herbal skin care concoctions, which once used to be commonplace are not so popular today. One could even say unknown to a large proportion of the population).
This conversion from herbal to synthetic skin care, can probably be attributed to three things: 1] urbanisation, which makes herbs harder to find or grow; 2] laziness (or just the faster pace of lives); 3] the commercialisation of beauty treatments in general. It is funny, but even herbal skin care products have been commercialised! These commercial herbal skin care products have to be mixed with preservatives in order to increase their shelf-life, although this makes them less effective than the fresh ones made at home.
However, things are changing fast; fashions change, there is now a movement of more and more people opting for natural, herbal skin care routines. We still haven’t overcome the laziness aspect – or found more time – because sti;; not that many adherents want to make the items themselves at home, and so, the commercial market for herbal skin care products continues to rise.
So what are these herbs or herbal skin care remedies? We only have time to discuss a few, but some are:
Aloe vera, which is an extract from the common plant of the same name. It grows widely around the world, yet is one of the best examples of herbal skin care products. The freshly extracted juice from the leaves of the Aloe vera is a natural hydrant that helps to soothe the skin. It is also a potent aid for healing cuts and treating sun burns.
A number of common herbs are known to possess cleansing properties. Dandelion, chamomile, lime flowers and rosemary, are a few examples of such cleansers. Their herbal skin care properties are usually activated when infused in hot water.
Antiseptics are another important part of Herbal skin care. Lavender, marigold, thyme and fennel are good examples of herbs that are known to possess antiseptic properties. Lavender water and rose water also form good toners.
Tea plays an important part in herbal skin care. Tea extracts are used for the treatment of skin that has been damaged by UV radiation.
Oils prepared from herbal extracts present another means of herbal skin care. Tea tree oil, Lavender oil, borage oil and primrose oil are some popular ones used in herbal skin care. Some fruit oils (e.g. extracts from fruits like banana, apple and melon) find use in shower gels (as a hydrating mix)
Homeopathic treatments also come under the umbrella of herbal skin care remedies.
Herbal skin care is good not only for the routine nourishing of your skin, but also for the treatment of skin disorders like eczema and psorasis. Most herbal skin care products don’t have any side effects, which is a very important reason for preferring them over synthetic products, especially for those prone to allergies. Herbal skin care products can be easily made at home, which can make a great hobby.
This doesn’t mean that you have to disregard synthetic products completely, especially if your doctor or dermatologist recommends them (although you could ask whether there is a herbal, organic alternative). I hope that this short article will inspire you to find out more about the fascinating world of herbal skin care and traditional remedies.
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