The beautifying benefits of herbal extracts

Updated 07/10/2020

My obsession with skincare began after receiving near-miraculous treatment for psoriasis from a herbalist, and from my grandmother who loved all things natural.

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, in the treatment of various ailments as alternative medicines.

In the last few years, there has been an exponential growth in the field of herbal extracts in skincare, with the World Health Organization (WHO) listing some 21,000 plants for medicinal purposes around the world.

I have to admit to having real respect for botanical herbs and essential oils, and 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:

Harnessing the properties of herbal extracts in skincare

Comfrey

Comfrey is an extremely healing herb that has a real affinity with your skin.

  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-fungal
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Repairing and healing
  • Stimulates cell growth
  • Repairs the skin barrier

It is often referred to as “Knit-bone”, this is due to the fact that it contains a potent component called Allantoin, which helps to give 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 here in nectar – a healing treatment balm for delicate skin.

Chamomile

Chamomile has a really interesting 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 helping to repair 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:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • wound healing
  • antioxidant
  • anti-irritant
  • antiphlogistic – reduces inflammation

Cucumber

  • emollient
  • soothing
  • astringent
  • hydrating
  • anti-irritant
  • anti-inflammatory

Slightly astringent, yet extremely hydrating, it makes a perfect refreshing skin drink.

You can find cucumber in our water magnet – H20 Hyaluronic complex.

Calendula

A wonderful herb of the sun that has a real affinity with the skin; check out some of its awesome benefits below:

  • calming
  • soothing
  • anti-inflammatory

White Tea

Antioxidant-rich white or green tea is a powerful ingredient for helping to revive tired, sluggish skin.

  • anti-ageing
  • anti-fungal
  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-reddening
  • anti-inflammatory
  • helps with the retention of connective tissue – collagen and elastin

Horsetail

  • astringent
  • antioxidant
  • increases wound healing
  • improves circulation
  • UV protecting
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-oxidising

Licorice

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antioxidant
  • antimicrobial
  • anti-irritant
  • skin brightening
  • wound healing
Most of these herbs do have very potent anti-inflammatory properties, making them perfect for helping to calm irritation and repair damaged skin that may have an impaired barrier or where the acid mantle is off balance.
For further information on how these herbs can help heal your skin, follow the link.

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