Nature never ceases to amaze us, 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 your skins surface, making it a great inclusion if you have oily or combination skin.
Basil: This herb is a mild astringent with antibacterial properties, making it a good tonic if you 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 your 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 your pores.
Thymus vulgaris: This herb is another good all-rounder; it is both antiseptic and anti-fungal and is ideal for deeply cleansing your skin. That, coupled with the fact that it is also soothing and healing, means it is the perfect antidote if you suffer from breakouts or inflammation. Interestingly research has shown, that thyme has antibacterial properties three times greater than benzoyl peroxide, making it a potent ingredient if you have acne.
Dry skin types
Fennel: This herb helps balance the oils in your 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. Marshmallow softens your skin and has valuable anti-inflammatory properties, literally stopping inflammation in its tracks due to its allantoin content – a lovely soothing, cooling moisturising component.
Sensitive skin conditions
Herbs with anti-inflammatory properties, offer instant relief if you have 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 your 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 and helping to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
Other powerful anti-inflammatory herbs include liquorice, nettle, basil, burdock, ladies mantle, and comfrey.
Our focus at the Naked Chemist is to harness New Zealand’s natural botanical habitat’s richness and diversity.
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, which 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 have the remarkable power to heal your skin.