Fresh-Faced With Herbal Skincare
FRESH-FACED WITH HERBAL SKINCARE
As the dark, dreary days of winter draw down upon us, some of us feel the urge to retreat into ourselves, which would be fine – if we were living in Nordic countries where some limited form of hibernation might be acceptable. Alas, most of us lead hectic lives that require us to keep trudging through the oncoming winter climate.
When we move into spring or summer, most of us do some regenerative prep in selecting the best skin care for the season. This is equally important, if not more so, as winter arrives. Excellent tonics for the mind and body can be found in the form of adaptogens, generally found in the finest herbal skin care products. A term coined in 1947 by a Russian scientist, adaptogens are substances which assist the body, mind and skin in resisting environmental and psychological stressors, with little or no side effects.
Not surprisingly, adaptogenic properties are to be found in many anti-aging herbs that have been used to preserve health and beauty for centuries, especially in India and China. These adaptogenic herbs can be used in home beauty treatments and are also being incorporated very effectively into the best facials, serums and other skin treatments by many leading aestheticians.
Thyme and Basil should always be growing in a kitchen window. They are not only delicious in the pot but also as an herbal facial. Three tablespoons of dried thyme with eight cups of boiling water creates a soothing, cleansing facial steam. Ten ounces of dried basil steeped in three cups of water and added to a bath invigorates the skin, body and senses.
Turmeric powder of the loveliest color can be combined with pineapple juice as a paste to be applied under the eyes helps to eliminate dark circles.
Skin Cell Regeneration
Chamomile is a powerful yet gentle herbal foe of the aging process. It is a mild and effective treatment of skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis and is an ideal treatment for hypersensitive and allergic skin. It is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities reduce puffiness and remove impurities. The phenolic derivatives naturally promote skin cell regeneration.
Horsetail Herb is highly useful in improving circulation and boosting and rejuvenating skin cells. It has a high content of vegetal silica, which smooths and softens the skin while bio-minerals- manganese, magnesium, iron and copper help synthesize collagen and elastin to rebuild connective tissue.
Thuja was first used by Native American Indians in tea form as a source of vitamin C and they also used it topically, as it is used today to treat acne, eczema and facial dandruff. It is an active ingredient in skin creams for age spots.
Gotu Kola (centella asiatica) is widely used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat a wide range of skin conditions and to minimize the visual effects of aging. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities support the immune system.
Regular use of gotu kola helps to make skin more flexible by increasing collagen in the connective tissues and elasticity of the veins. Natural properties in Gotu kola have been found in lab studies to boost antioxidants, blood circulation and to strengthen skin for improved tone.
Organic Rosemary and Parsley Facial
Add a handful of parsley and rosemary to half a pint of boiled organic goat’s milk. Leave it for 30 minutes. Strain the milk, place it in a jar and close the jar. Leave it in the fridge and use twice daily, morning and night. Especially effective to treat neck wrinkles.
When you consult with your choice skin care professional you will find that many of these skin boosting herbs are used is the most invigorating facials for fresh skin that can withstand the deepest of winter moments.