Keeping your skin healthy doesn’t mean you have to use beauty products chock full of harmful ingredients and additives. A return to natural beauty has fast become more popular with the understanding of how some additives can affect your overall health. Plus, there are the allergies. So many people are allergic to the things added to store-bought beauty products, and this can hurt both your skin and body in general.
The alternative to these problems is to utilize all natural beauty techniques, which include using foods and herbs found naturally in the environment to treat your skin problems. Herbs have been used for countless decades to treat all types of ailments. Although it is possible to have an allergy to a specific herb, it is much less common to have an allergy to something natural than to something made in a lab. This is because our bodies don’t recognize man-made elements and as such, it attacks them. This is what an allergic reaction is – our body reacting to what it thinks is an intruder. For this reason, it’s usually a good idea to opt for something natural when you’re able to, which is why we’re covering the four best herbs for your skin today.
All Natural Health Care Tips
- In addition to using all-natural herbs or foods, you should wash your face in a gentle, oil-free, additive-free soap at least once a day.
- Moist wipes (even baby wipes) can be used to touch up your skin on the go.
- Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is vital to your skin’s health.
- Stay hydrated by drinking at least eight cups of water each day. Dehydrated can leave skin dried out and damage your internal organs in the process.
- Wash your pillow cases every other day to avoid oily skin and acne breakouts.
- When possible, keep your hair pulled back from your face so it doesn’t transition it’s natural oils to your face.
- Remember that prevention is always better and easier than treatment.
Chamomile is truly nature’s miracle. It has been used for centuries to treat everything from sick stomachs to colds to boosting the immune system to treating varying skin conditions. Chamomile contains a compound called alpha-bisabolol, which is reported to have the ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. How does it do this? By accelerating the healing process of the skin. Chamomile also possesses anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties. This means it is useful in treating certain skin issues, such as acne, psoriasis, allergic dermatitis, and sunburn.
How To Use It
To use Chamomile to treat any of a number of skin conditions, you should start by boiling up a pot of tea. Do not add sugar. Just the water and tea bags. Allow the pot to cool so you don’t burn yourself. From that point, you have two options. You can either take out the tea bags and place them directly on troubled areas, or you can take a cup of the tea and apply it directly to your face as a wash. A third alternative, if you prefer, is to soak a clean rag in the cooled tea and then lay it on your skin for about fifteen minutes. This works best for treatment of the face.
2. Witch Hazel
The witch hazel you find in the stores is produced from the leaves and bark of a North American shrub by the same name. The use of witch hazel has been popular for decades, with people literally swearing by it as an acne cure-all. The reason it works so well for acne is that it contains anti-inflammatory properties which help to ease the redness and swelling of acne. Along with this, it is able to gently get rid of excessive sebum production without completely drying out your skin as other treatments can. As if those benefits weren’t enough to send you running to the store to pick up some witch hazel, this herb can also help to reduce the appearance of dark circles and loose skin.
How To Use It
The best way to use witch hazel is as an astringent. Start by gently washing your face with a mild soap. Then place a small amount of witch hazel on a cotton ball. You can apply this to your whole face, or exclusively to your problem areas. Feel free to leave it on until your next wash. Moisturize as you see necessary.
3. Aloe Vera
Most people have heard of Aloe Vera, because it is an extremely popular treatment of sunburns. The herb has the ability to treat many other skin issues, particularly acne. You see, Aloe Vera is both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. The herb’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling and redness, while the anti-microbial properties kill off the bacteria that actually causes acne in the first place. Aloe Vera is rich in vitamin A and vitamin E, which are both vital to your skin’s health. Other benefits of this herb include keeping skin moisturized and treating small cuts.
How To Use It
Aloe Vera most often comes in gel form. The best way to make use of this gel is to simply take a small amount and rub it directly into your skin. You can keep this gel in your fridge, and the coldness will be incredibly soothing for red, raw, or otherwise irritated skin. There are no real negative effects of Aloe Vera, so you can feel free to use it as often as you need to. For acne treatments, it is most effective to use the gel once each day as part of your regular skincare routine.
Turmeric has very good anti-inflammatory properties for your health. It is very similar to the ginger and it can be used both internally – to cleanse the blood and externally – for injuries or different skin problems.
How to use it
Mix a pinch of turmeric powder in warm water and apply it on your skin. You can repeat the process twice a week. It will leave your skin soft and supple.
In case of skin problems irritations or injuries, mix 1 tablespoon curd, a pinch of turmeric powder and a few drops of lemon juice. This will help your skin heal.