Lately, we have been discussing the use of herbs in skincare.
Using herbs to treat skin conditions and improve the skin’s overall health is nothing new; it is a practice that has been used for centuries.
But they have been gaining in popularity, as more people turn to nature for answers.
So join us, as we delve into the remarkable world of healing herbs and look at their affinity with the skin.
Healing Herbs for Skin Health
Patches of redness, flaking, itching, and general irritation or sunburn can be really uncomfortable. Fortunately, nature’s most soothing herbs can heal distressed skin quickly. Chamomile, calendula, marshmallow, and allantoin are all-natural anti-inflammatories, with the power to reduce redness, itchiness, and swelling, and are a great alternative to cortisone.
Green tea and allantoin contain a high concentration of catechins, which have strong antioxidant, and anti-ageing effects on the skin. They can also help to thicken the epidermis and speed the healing of wounds. Green tea also inhibits an enzyme in your skin that causes uneven pigmentation, which means fewer sunspots.”
Nettle, Basil, Fennel, Sweet Thyme, Witch Hazel, and Lime flower, are all perfect examples of herbs that have a cleansing effect on the skin, they are found in the form of hydrosols which are often used in toners – depending on the skin concern they are being used for.
Many herbs are naturally very moisturising; this is due to their high mucilage content.
Marshmallow is one of those lovely natural emollients that impart a lovely silky smooth feel on the skin; it is also perfect for calming and soothing delicate stressed-out skin. Comfrey Symphytum Officinale has a very high mucilage content found in the root that offers deep moisturisation for dry skin.
Calendula, Comfrey, Chamomile, Plantain, Manuka, and Chickweed, are just a few of the wonderful herbs that can help renew and repair the skin.
Herbs such as allantoin and flax, found in the H20 hydrating complex act as natural humectants, locking moisture against the skin, attracting and retaining water in the top layers of the skin, keeping it naturally moist and hydrated.
Calendula, Rosemary herb extract, and Echinacea are great for boosting cellular renewal, and Comfrey is a well-known herb for stimulating cell growth. Horsetail is also extremely regenerating; it’s not known as the beauty herb for anything.
Red Raspberry, Nettle, Fennel, Yarrow, Burdock Root, Linden, and Lime flower, are all herbs that make wonderful inclusions for an oily, combination skin – they are extremely detoxifying, helping to pull impacted plugs from deep within congested pores.
Comfrey, Marshmallow, Chamomile, and Kawa Kawa, are herbs that soften and hydrate the skin. This is mostly due to their high mucilage content, which holds and attracts water and has great moisturising properties.
Some herbs stimulate nerve endings and improve circulation, Elderflower, Benzoin, Gum Arabic, Peppermint, and Sage are good examples of stimulating herbs.
Here at the Naked chemist, we aim is to harness the richness and diversity of New Zealand’s natural botanical habitat in our formulas. We have managed to achieve with ceramide barrier repair balm and Miracle cleanse, amongst many others – delivering healing energy to below the skin’s surface, bringing it back into balance and returning it to optimum health.
It is important to note that while many herbs do have wonderful properties for the skin, many of them are too active to be used on sensitive skin type, especially on the face. Peppermint is one such herb; it contains menthol which can be too stimulating in large amounts.
This study is an interesting read, it looks at the plants that are used to treat skin diseases.