Nature never ceases to amaze me, especially where our skin is concerned.
They can be incorporated into your skincare routine, for cleansing, hydrating, healing, and balancing.
There really is a herb for every skin concern and stage of the beauty routine.
Herbs that Help the Different Skin Types
Horse Tail: A popular beauty herb that is great for oily skin conditions that work by inhibiting the action of sebaceous glands, balancing oil on the skin surface, making it a great inclusion for oily or combination skin types.
Basil: This herb is a mild astringent that has antibacterial properties, making it a good tonic for those who suffer from oily skin.
Lemongrass: This herb is both toning and tightening, which is due to its astringent properties, lemongrass can also help to temporarily reduce the appearance of large pores on the face, whilst slowing down the production of oil within the sebaceous glands.
Rosemary herb extract: This has wonderful antibacterial and antioxidant properties helping to ward off premature ageing. It is also great for helping to lift stubborn blackheads from the pores.
Thymus vulgaris: This herb is another good all-rounder, it is both antiseptic and anti-fungal and is ideal for deeply cleansing the skin. That coupled with the fact that it is also soothing and healing, means it is the perfect antidote for skin with breakouts that are also suffering from inflammation. Interestingly research has shown, that thyme has antibacterial properties that are three times greater than benzoyl peroxide, making it a potent ingredient for treating acne.
Dry Skin Types
Fennel: This herb helps to balance the oils in the skin, making it useful for treating a combination and oily skin type.
Marshmallow: When we think of marshmallow, words like soft and smooth instantly come to mind, this is exactly what this little herb does – it softens the skin and has valuable anti-inflammatory properties, literally stopping inflammation in its tracks, which is due to the fact that it contains allantoin, a lovely soothing, cooling moisturising component.
Sensitive Skin Conditions
Herbs with anti-inflammatory properties, offer instant relief to sensitive skin:
Calendula: A flower with lovely orange petals, calendula is well known for the treatment of sensitive skin, it is extremely calming and healing.
Chickweed: It is one of the herbs for the skin that will take the fire out of the itch, it works a treat on skin conditions such as eczema and rashes.
Cornflower: If you suffer from sensitive skin around the eyes, then cornflower is a great herb for treating this delicate area, it is both soothing and slightly astringent and won’t damage the thin skin in this area.
Helichrysum: It calms inflammation and regenerates the tissues – a natural anti-inflammatory this makes helichrysum the perfect herb for sensitivity. This is also the perfect herb for repairing damaged skin, as well as helping to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
Other powerful anti-inflammatory herbs include licorice, nettle, basil, burdock, ladies mantle, and comfrey.
The aim at the Naked Chemist is to harness the richness and diversity of New Zealand’s natural botanical habitat, to this end, we have managed to capture the properties of many of these herbs into our formulas, which can be found in Miracle Cleanse, and Bio lipid complex delivers penetrating healing and regenerative nourishment to the skin with an impaired barrier function.
After reading this we think you’ll agree, that herbs really do have the remarkable power to heal the skin.