Skin care has been in practice since ancient times, when herbal skin care was probably the only way to take care of skin. However, skin care has transformed in a big way. Herbal skin care routines have been replaced by synthetic and chemical-based skin care routines.
Today, herbal skin care recipes have once again become popular with brands like Shahnaz Husain and other big names avowing the benefit of herbs in beauty treatments. Today even herbal skin care products have been commercialised.
Many of the commercial herbal skin care products are mixed with preservatives in order to increase their shelf-life, making them less effective (and more allergenic) than the fresh ones made at home. Although more women are opting for natural and herbal skin care routines and remedies, it’s still inconvenient to make them at home. Here are some of the most popular herbs or herbal skin care remedies that are worth buying over the counter.
Aloe vera, which is an extract from Aloe plant, is one of the best examples of herbal skin care product. Freshly extracted aloe vera is a natural hydrant that helps in soothing skin. It also helps in healing cuts and treating sun burns.
A number of herbs are known to possess cleansing properties. Dandelion, chamomile, lime flowers and rosemary herbs, are a few examples of such cleansers. Their skin care properties are activated when they are combined with other herbs like tea.
Tea plays an important part in herbal skin care. Tea extracts are used for treatment of skin that has been damaged by UV radiation.
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 act as good toners.
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 oils 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 and aromatherapies also fall under the umbrella of herbal skin care remedies. Herbal skin care remedies are good not only for routinely nourishing your skin, but also for treatment of skin disorders like eczema and psorasis.
Most herbal skin care products don’t have side effects and this is the #1 reason we prefer them over synthetic products. Moreover, herbal skin care products can be easily made at home, making them even more cost-effective and attractive.
However, this does not mean that you need to totally discard synthetic products as many of them can be effective for certain conditions, especially when used in moderation. Accept the fact that some skin disorders may require the use of clinically proven, non-herbal skin care products.