Nowadays, cosmetic industries produce hundreds of products for your skin and hair. The variety is so huge, that you might need 4 or 5 different products only for your facial skin. The key, as in the vast majority of body issues, is the nutrition and the way of living that you have adopted. So buy adding in your nutrition natural remedies you can improve your skin’s and hair’s condition, gaining also the many helpful nutrients that they have.
Here are some herbs which are suitable for a natural skin-care. I would like to remind that the majority of skin- and hair-care industrial products have as a main ingredient one or more of the herbs mentioned below.
Calendula is beneficial for dry or damaged skin and also promotes the fast healing and regeneration of the skin, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Because of calendula’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, it is often used in preparations for sunburns, rashes, insect bites and other mild skin irritations. Calendula treatments can help soothe contact dermatitis from environmental causes.
It has natural restorative properties that infuse the skin with a youthful glow. Calendula oil is also used to protect the skin from premature aging and thinning of the skin. It is safe enough to be used on the delicate skin under the eyes to help prevent crow’s feet. Creams containing calendula are also used to treat diaper rash.
2. Stinging Nettle
Nettle is anti-inflammatory, astringent, bactericidal, healing, mildly deodorant and stimulating. It is high in phenols, which give nettle powerful antioxidant properties and help keep the free radicals under control when used in skincare.
Nettle extract is also used in the treatment of scalp problems and incorporated into a variety of hair products. Nettle roots are used to relieve eczema and dandruff and are reputed to stimulate hair growth. Today, nettle root extract is commonly found as a component of many shampoos and conditioners.
Chamomile is one of the best skincare herbs available and is particularly useful for skin conditions such as contact dermatitis (eczema). This apple-scented herb comes in several different forms, but thankfully they all offer natural beauty benefits. Moreover, it is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It is also considered to be hypoallergenic with the ability to neutralise skin irritants.
This miracle herb has been shown to ease upset stomachs, heartburn, nausea, vomiting and colic in infants. Research has suggested that chamomile could help with other conditions such as diarrhea, anxiety, insomnia and hemorrhoids. So it is no surprise that chamomile continues to be used widely, in herbal medicine as well as in skincare and cosmetics. In skin care preparations, it is used for teething babies, toothache, acne and boils, allergies and rashes, inflammations, dermatitis, eczema, cuts, wounds and as a lightener for blonde hair.
4. Sea Buckthorn / Hippophae
Sea Buckthorn has been traditionally used for a wide range of skin ailments for its revered nourishing, regenerative, and restorative actions. Sea Buckthorn oil is used superficially to assist in healing skin injuries, burns, wounds, eczema, lesions, sun damaged skin and abrasions.
This fruit is loaded with antioxidants, including vitamins C and E and studies show that these two nutrient powerhouses can prevent wrinkles. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, one form of vitamin E, in particular, alpha tocopherol, reduced skin roughness, length of facial lines and the depth of wrinkles when applied topically.
Sea Buckthorn is an excellent source of both, including Vitamin C which is another antioxidant that helps maintain skin & hair health. Vitamin C aids in improving scalp circulation since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair.