We all want a young and beautiful look! It has been an urge in the human race ever since its origin. The practice of adoring and improving our appearance has been continuing across the centuries. The word “cosmetics” originated from the Greek word “kosmeticos” which means adorn. Since then, all materials used for caring the skin, beautifying it or improve its look have been called cosmetics.
Nowadays, cosmetics are essential commodities in life. Many natural materials are using for the production of cosmetics and herbs are common in all most cosmetics. To adorn and improve the skin appearance and to treat many skin diseases, herbal products have been using across the world. Ultraviolet (UV) radiations are one of the prime reasons for sunburns, wrinkles, immunization problems, premature aging and to a certain extensive-Cancer. It has been scientifically proven that herbs and herbal preparations / products have high potential to prevent the UV rays because of their strong antioxidant activity.
Antioxidants like vitamin C & E, flavonoids, and phenolic acids play a prime role in fighting against radical species which are the prime cause of many changes occurring negatively in the skin. Although a single plant component has strong potential in skin care; it has been proved that a right mix of various herbs has better potential in protecting the skin. The complex composition of the herbal mix helps it provide a better result when compared to a single component in the herbal plant.
Research and development in herbs show that green and black tea ameliorates negative skin reactions due the UV exposure. Similarly, aloe based gels are capable of stimulating skin and it helps in the growth of new cells. Sesame oil has a capacity to resists 30% of UV rays, while other natural oils such as coconut, peanut, olive, and cottonseed oils can block about 20%. of UV.
It may be a very lovely feeling if we use exotic botanicals and common herbs for skin care. Each herb has immunity potential and benefits! Let's see a few.
Wild black raspberry & Blackberry: Both Black Raspberry and Blackberry are astringents and good skin toners. The leaves of each for them contain high calcium and vitamin C. If you are using it as a vinegar-based skin toner, these healing herbs are attached to the skin as well.
Elder Flowers: Elder Flowers has a strong potential to heal the skin. They are calming and reparative. They can protect your skin from damages caused due to too much sun, pollution and trauma. These flowers are widely used in lots of herbal products such as astringents, toners, skin creams and skin care oils.
Spruce: This herb can make you evergreen. It is highly antimicrobial and bracing, It is high in vitamin C. Spruce needles are the base of many toners and healing balms. They have properties with full of natural anti-acne formulas, for large pores and oily skin and in men's skin care.
Plantain: The herb is well-known for its drawing properties. It's too good for bumps and bumps when used fresh as a poultice. It also contains emollient and moistening properties which are the base for many herbal products like the balms, herbal oils, and natural skin care creams. It also works as a good anti-agent and dry skin protector.