If you think that skin care is merely the product of modern times and the ever-evolving complexities of commercialization, think again! Historical records show that the importance of skin care had already been recognized and practiced by ancient civilizations all around the globe. The only difference is that ancient man took care of his or her skin in a more natural way. They were primarily using plant materials to keep their skin clean and healthy!
However, due to modern man's complicated lifestyle, chemical-based skin care products replaced the use of herbs in skin care. Occasionally, the herbal skin care recipes that were once handed from one generation to the next were nearly forgotten until recently. More and more people are now favorable organic and natural skin care after the numerous banes of commercially prepared products have been discovered.
But are these "organic" and "natural" skin care products really what they claim to be? If you read the labels of these so called "herbal skin products" in the market today, you will see that they are still heavily laden with chemical preservatives. As a result, the effectiveness of the natural ingredients contained in these products is greatly reduced. What's worse is that these chemical ingredients may even lead to the development of several skin conditions!
Your best bet? Prepare your very own skin care products at home! It can entail quite an effort on your part to prepare homemade natural and herbal skin care recipes but there are quite a number of advantages in doing so. First, you can be sure that you are using only the finest materials available. Thus, you can be 100% sure of its effectiveness. Second, you can be safe from the side effects that result primarily from using commercial preparations. And third, it can translate to great savings on your budget! So, what more could you probably ask for? Start making your personal blends now! Enumerated below are some of the most amazing herbs that can do wonders for your skin.
Aloe Vera – Aloe vera is considered to be one of the best herbal ingredients for natural skin care preparations. This wonderful herb contains the active ingredient aloin, which is a virtual goldmine of naturally existing vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Freshly extracted aloe vera helps soothe skin, heal cuts and treat sunburns.
Calendula – The healing powers of this herb have been used for more than a hundred years now. Calendula is used as a major component in ointments, oils and teas and is proven effective for any kind of skin problems ranging from wounds to frostbite, burns, boils, bruises and sprains. Calendula also possesses a strong antibiotic and anti-fungal effect but is non-toxic, so it is safe enough to be applied to the skin.
Chamomile – Chamomile is another useful herb that has good antiseptic properties and can be used effectively in maintaining your natural beauty. Try rinsing your face with chamomile tea every morning as you wake up and observe the marked improvement in your skin after some time. See that resulting healthy glow? Using the tea as a hair rinse can add shining highlights to the hair (especially for blondes!).
Chickweed – If you are feeling totally helpless and are looking for relief from chronic itching caused by eczema, psoriasis and other rashes, try chickweed. It can really cure the itch! It is also used in poultices to help remove toxins from a wound. And this herb has an extraordinary bonus – it acts as a mild diuretic and laxative. So when taken internally, chickweed can effectively reduce excess fat!
Source by Michael Russell