Skin care is not a topic which just started in recent times; it has been in practice since ancient times. That time herbal skin care was probably the only way to take care of skin. But skin care has transformed in a big way. Herbal skin care routines have been replaced by synthetic and chemical based skin care routines. The herbal skin care recipes are not as popular today as they were in the past and even it’s unknown to a large number of us. This transformation from herbal skin care to synthetic, can probably be attributed to two things, our laziness or we could say it’s because of the fast pace of lives and the commercialisation of skin care. A we know herbal skin care products are also being commercialised. These commercial herbal skin care products have to be mixed with preservatives in order to increase their shelf life, which makes them less effective compare to the fresh homemade ones. Good thing is that more people are now coming back to natural and herbal skin care routines. But still very small number of people want to make them at home and because of that the commercial market of herbal skin care products is growing fast.
So what are these herbs or herbal skin care mechanisms?
Aloe Vera 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. For example lime flowers, dandelion, rosemary herbs are a few good examples of such cleansers. Their herbal skin care properties get invoked when they are combined with other herbs like tea.
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 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 oils used in herbal skin care. Some fruit oils for example extracts from fruits like banana, apple and melon find use in shower gels as a hydrating mix.
Did you know aromatherapies and homeopathic treatments are also the herbal skin care remedies.
Herbal skin care is good not only for the routine nourishing of skin but also for treatment of skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. Most herbal skin care products don’t have any side effects this is the most important reason for preferring them over synthetic products. Herbal skin care products are easily made at home, which makes them even more attractive.