My obsession with skincare began after receiving a near-miraculous treatment for my psoriasis from a herbalist.
Because of my own healing, I was inspired to bridge the gap between nature and science through cosmetic chemistry.
Plants have been used as herbal medicines for centuries to treat various ailments as alternative medicines.
In the last few years, there has been an exponential growth in herbal extracts in skincare, with the World Health Organization (WHO) listing some 21,000 plants for medicinal purposes worldwide.
I have to admit to having real respect for botanical herbs and essential oils. I love harnessing their healing components in our formulas – they are conditioning, moisturising, softening, soothing, and healing, bringing so many benefits to the skin.
Listed below, are some of our tried and trusted herbs here at the Naked Chemist, and their valuable components that have such an affinity with the skin:
Herbal extracts in skincare
Comfrey is an extremely healing herb that has a real affinity with your skin.
- repairing and healing
- stimulates cell growth
- repairs the skin barrier
It is often referred to as “Knit-bone” because it contains a potent component called Allantoin, which gives our skin cells a boost.
Rich in mucilage it’s a natural emollient, it has fantastic repairing and hydrating properties, helping to keep skin naturally moisturised. This amazing herb can be found along with many ingredients discussed herein nectar – a healing treatment balm for delicate skin.
Chamomile has a fascinating profile; it contains Bisabol, an anti-inflammatory that helps to promote elasticity.
Another valuable component of Chamomile is Apigenin; his works like intracellular cement between your skin’s cells.
Because of its ability to inhibit adhesions between the skin cells, it is extremely helpful in healing the skin and repairing the skin’s barrier function, so the perfect ingredient if you are suffering from inflammation or sensitivity.
Chamomile herbal extracts have the following beneficial effects:
- wound healing
- antiphlogistic – reduces inflammation
Slightly astringent, yet extremely hydrating, it makes a perfect refreshing skin drink.
You can find a cucumber in our water magnet – H20 Hyaluronic complex.
A wonderful herb of the sun that has a real affinity with the skin; check out some of its awesome benefits below:
Antioxidant-rich white or green tea is a powerful ingredient for helping to revive tired, sluggish skin.
- helps with the retention of connective tissue – collagen and elastin
- increases wound healing
- improves circulation
- UV protecting
- skin brightening
- wound healing