By: Ellen BiddleSkin care is not a topic of recent times; it has been in practice since ancient times, when herbalskin care was probably the only way to take care of skin. However, skin care has transformed ina big way. Herbal skin care routines have been replaced by synthetic/chemical-based skin careroutines. The herbal skin care recipes which once used to be common place are not so populartoday (and even unknown to a large population). This transformation from herbal skin care tosynthetic, can probably be attributed to two things – our laziness (or just the fast pace of lives)and the commercialisation of skin care. Even herbal skin care products have beencommercialised. These commercial herbal skin care products have to be mixed withpreservatives in order to increase their shelf-life, hence making them less effective than the freshones made at home. However, it seems that things are changing fast and more people are nowopting for natural and herbal skin care routines. But still, none want to make them at home andhence the commercial market of herbal skin care products is on the rise.So what are these herbs or herbal skin care mechanisms?Aloe vera, which is an extract from Aloe plant, is one of the best examples of herbal skin careproduct. Freshly extracted aloe vera is a natural hydrant that helps in soothing skin. It also helpsin healing cuts and treating sun burns.A number of herbs are known to possess cleansing properties. Dandelion, chamomile, limeflowers and rosemary herbs, are a few examples of such cleansers. Their herbal skin careproperties get invoked when they are combined with other herbs like tea.Antiseptics are another important part of Herbal skin care. Lavender, marigold, thyme and fennelare good examples of herbs that are known to possess antiseptic properties. Lavender water androse water also form good toners.Tea plays an important part in herbal skin care. Tea extracts are used for treatment of skin thathas 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. Somefruit oils (e.g. extracts from fruits like banana, apple and melon) find use in shower gels (as ahydrating mix)Homeopathic treatments and aromatherapies also come under the umbrella of herbal skin careremedies.Herbal skin care is good not only for the routine nourishing of skin but also for treatment of skindisorders like eczema and psorasis. Most herbal skin care products don’t have any side effects(the most important reason for preferring them over synthetic products) Moreover, herbal skincare products can be easily made at home, hence making them even more attractive. So, herbalskin care is the way to go. However, this does not mean that you totally discard the synthetic
products. Some people go to the extent of debating with their dermatologist, if he/she suggests asynthetic product. You should accept the fact that some skin orders might need usage ofclinically proven non-herbal skin care products.
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