In ancient times, herbal skin care was likely the only way to take care of skin. Since then, however, skin care products have undergone a major transformation. For the most part, herbal skin care products have been replaced by synthetic, chemical-based skin care products.
This transformation from herbal skin care to synthetic skin care can probably be attributed to 2 major factors – the commercialization of skin care, and the growing demand for convenience.
There are commercial herbal skin care products on the market, but they are mixed with preservatives in order to increase their shelf-life, making them less effective than the herbal products made with fresh herbs at home.
The commercial market for herbal skin care products appears to be on the rise, thanks to the growing demand for all things natural, but most people still don''t want to go through the trouble of making their own.
So what are the herbs used to make herbal skin care products?
Aloe vera, which is an extract from the Aloe plant, is one of the main ingredients in many herbal skin care products. Freshly extracted aloe vera is a natural hydrant that helps to soothe skin. It is also an effective treatment for healing cuts and treating sun burns.
Several herbs are also known to possess cleansing properties. Dandelion, chamomile, lime flowers and rosemary herbs, are a few examples of such cleansers. Their herbal skin care properties get invoked when they are combined with other herbs like tea.
Antiseptics are another important part of Herbal skin care. Lavender, marigold, thyme and fennel are good examples of herbs that are known to possess antiseptic properties. Lavender water and rose water also form good toners.
Tea plays an important part in herbal skin care. Tea extracts are used for treatment of skin that has been damaged by UV radiation.
Oils prepared from herbal extracts present another means of herbal skin care. Tea tree oil, Lavender oil, borage oil and primrose oil are some popular oils used in herbal skin care. Some fruit oils (e.g. extracts from fruits like banana, apple and melon) find use in shower gels (as a hydrating mix)
Homeopathic treatments and aromatherapies also come under the umbrella of herbal skin care remedies.
Herbal skin care is not only good for the routine nourishing of the skin, but also for treating skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema. Most herbal skin care products don’t have any side effects, which is the main reason people prefer them over synthetic products.
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