Let’s face it, despite scientific advances in treatment for skin problems, many people prefer to rely on both natural ingredients and home remedies. These remedies are preferred because they are easily available, gentle on the skin, easy to put together and easy to use.
Most natural ingredients are botanicals, which means derived from plants. Many of these remedies have survived the test of time, as they have been passed down from one generation to the next. Let’s have a closer look at some of the most popular herbal skin care remedies right now.
Green Tea and Its Natural Remedies
Green tea is known for being a very potent antioxidant. As you may know, antioxidants calm inflammation in the skin and protect from sunburn and skin cancer.
The protective effects of green tea can be achieved by drinking the tea, as well as by applying it topically to the skin. When we made the Natural Vibrancy body lotion, it was our goal from the very start to include premium antioxidant-rich ingredients, such as green tea and seaweed. In fact, seaweed is also loaded with vitamins and minerals.
Tea Tree Oil and Its Herbal Powers
Tea tree oil, derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, is useful for a variety of purposes. It has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used as a treatment for facial acne.
In fact, one study showed that a tea tree oil gel is as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide, even though tea tree oil takes longer to kick in and work (like many natural remedies). Tea tree oil is also used to treat fungal infections of the feet, nails and groin.
Witch Hazel is not only for Witches
Witch hazel, derives from the shrub Hamamelis virginiana, has been used to treat itchy and inflamed skin. The shrub’s leaves and bark have been used as a local anesthetic and astringent (causing body tissue / skin to tighten and bind).
That is why it is commonly used as a cosmetic toner, because the large quantities of tannins contained in witch hazel make skin tighten, while it removes excess surface oil and decreases bacteria, especially on acne-prone skin.
Aloe Vera Is a Pure Herbal Ingredient At Your Fingertips
Aloe vera plant is recognized globally and used extensively to treat a range of skin problems. It is rich in amino acids, enzymes, mucopolysaccarides and various minerals. Shown to reduce inflammation in the skin, it is used in a similar way to cortisone-containing creams, and for the same reason - to reduce inflammation, redness and itching.
That is why the aloe plant is used for conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, as well as surface burns and mild poison ivy. Aloe vera can also be used to treat minor skin infections, since it possesses antibiotic and antiviral properties. Therefore, it is a popular ingredient in lotions, shampoos, conditioners, sunscreens, soaps, and a wide variety of cosmetic products.
Aloe vera is easy to get, since it grows across the globe. And what’s great about it is that you can use the aloe plant straight from the garden. Just snap open the leaf and squeeze the gel directly on the skin.
Vitamin E is great for Wounded
Vitamin E (known as tocopherol) is found naturally in vegetable oils, sunflower seeds, whole grains, brown rice and nuts. It is often applied directly to heal wounds, as well as to heal and prevent scars. It is also known to improve skin tone and texture.
Be forewarned: some people can have an allergic reaction to topical vitamin E when applied directly to their skin.
Oatmeal for Dirty Skin
Oatmeal is derived from the Avena sativa plant, and its skin benefits are known and put to use for hundreds of years. Oatmeal is a grain that is rich in lipid, proteins, minerals and sugars. It is frequently used as a soap-free cleanser and is wonderful for dry, sensitive, irritated or inflamed skin.
If you are affected by eczema or dermatitis, make sure to use it, because it will soothe, repair and protect your skin. You will be able to find oatmeal in various formulations, such as lotions, creams, soaps and powders. Oh, and if you are feeling “dirty,” oatmeal body scrub [we share a great recipe in our skincare recipe section] or a face mask will come in handy, because oatmeal has the ability to absorb skin oils and dirt.
Vinegar for your Skin Care?
Not a mistake…! Vinegar is used as an ingredient to treat various fungal, bacterial and yeast infections. Its high acid content stimulates these powerful anti-infective properties.
Did you know that vinegar can be used as ear drops for swimmers to prevent and to treat swimmer’s ear? Vinegar produces an acidic environment that holds back bacterial growth. Fascinating. Also, vinegar soaks can be used in the body folds and in the nails to prevent and decrease the growth of fungi and yeast.
Even though we just covered some powerful herbal remedies here, we have so many natural herbs for skin care to choose from, just by reaching into our pantry or closet. Knowing the basics will help you find the perfect combination of treatments or products that will appeal to your personal style and skin type.
Please let us know your favorite remedies that you would like us to add to the list. We invite you to share your experience with some of them and the results (positive or negative) that you have had.
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