Natural Herbal Remedies For Healthier Skin And Preventing Wrinkles
Natural remedies for glowing skin include herbal remedies as well as many things like aloe vera, almond, avocado, carrot, castor, clay, cocoa, coconut oil, cornmeal, cucumber, cutch tree or khadira, emu oil, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, grape, grape seed oil, ground almond and walnut shell, horse chestnut, witch hazel, honey and jojoba oil… and many more!
1. Aloe Vera:
Aloe is a great herb with neutral pH, healing, emollient and toner properties. Most of cosmetics for wrinkles use this herb.
Almond oil is described in Bible as well as ancient Ayurveda books for preventing wrinkles when applied and massaged over face.
Avocado oil is an emollient for dry skin.
Carrot is high in Vit. A, whose deficiency can cause dry skin and premature wrinkling. Carrot contains beta-carotene, a strong antioxidant. So munching carrots is good for preventing wrinkles and for healthier skin. Carrot oil can be used over the skin.
Castor oil is an emollient that is used since Biblical times.
Clay is the most astringent of the mask bases. It is ideal for mixing with ground herbs, essential oils or both. Use a cosmetic-grade bentonite, kaolin or Fuller’s earth clay rather than pottery or building clay, which may contain impurities.
Cocoa butter is a major emollient. It melts at body temperature and remoisturizes dry skin, especially around the eyes (crow’s-feet), the corners of the mouth and on the neck (turkey neck). I like it because it comes from the Amazon.
7. Coconut Oil:
Another similar tropical emollient is coconut oil.
Cornmeal is a better and more gentle abrasive than chemical exfoliants and even than ground almond and walnut shells.
Cucumber is a cheap soothing moisturizer that can be cut into slices to wipe the face or it can be blended and mashed to be applied over skin.
10. Cutch Tree Or Khadira:
The bark of ayurvedic herb is a strong astringent and toner.
11. Emu Oil:
Emu oil can be used to give the skin a healthier look and feel. It has long been recognized in Australia as an anti-aging agent and is just now beginning to have widespread use in other countries.
12. Ginkgo biloba:
Research into ginkgo’s effects on humans shows that it speeds up the flow of blood and oxygen through the body and brain. Promotion of circulation to the skin enhances nutrients delivered to the cells.
The active components of Ginseng are called ginsenosides and are reported to be responsible for he revitalization and reactivation of epidermal cells. Ginseng is also a strong adaptogenic and revitalizing herb for internal use.
Grapes contain AHA that naturally peels off dead skin.
15. Grape Seed Oil:
Powerful antioxidant compounds called procyanidins are found in extract of grape seeds which enhances the development of healthy cells and protects the skin from damage. This oil contains proanthrocyanidins. Proanthrocyanidins are very potent antioxidants that protect tissues from a range of oxidative injuries. It is a good antioxidant and emollient.
16. Ground Almond Shell and Walnut Shell:
These are useful as exfoliants.
17. Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) and Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana):
Japanese researchers tested 65 herbal extracts for antioxidant effect that could be useful in wrinkles. They came out with four herbs – horse chestnut, witch hazel, rosemary and sage. Horse chestnut and witch hazel topped as the natural antioxidant that prevents damage from free radicals in wrinkle formation.
Honey is used in facials to make skin soft and supple.
19. Jojoba oil:
American Indians have used jojoba oils for generations to condition skin. It has a similar structure as the natural sebum of skin.
Lac-Hydrin is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) found in fruits, sour milk and sugar cane. AHAs, often called fruit acids, help peel off dead skin cells by dissolving ceramides, which are substances that hold the cells together. Clearing dead cells off the surface of the skin reveals the plump, living cells underneath and contributes to a younger appearance. Dermatologists use strong concentrations of AHAs for face peels.
Lac-Hydrin also increases the thickness of the outermost layer of living skin cells (the epidermis), increasing the skin’s ability to hold moisture and thus smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. The additional benefit is that it doesn’t have sensitivity to sunlight. It was found to reduce fine wrinkles in a study by 90% in persons who used it twice a day for six months.
21. Mentha Piperita:
It is useful for refreshing and toning the skin.
22. Myrrh Extract:
Diluted myrrh extract is a good skin conditioner.
23. Neem Or Indian Margossa Tree:
The bark possesses astringent, toner, antiseptic and blood purifying properties. So it is good for external and internal use.
Olive oil is an emollient since biblical times.
Pineapple has AHA in husk and that has the ability to remove corn if kept on skin for long time. So the husk and fruit core is liquefied and blended to form a mash that can be applied as an exfoliant.
26. Purslane (Portulaca oleracea):
Fresh purslane is a good antioxidant for internal use and a good soothing mask for external use.
27. Pumpkin Enzyme Treatment:
Pumpkin is a fruit acid enzyme, an exfoliation accelerator and a powerful antioxidant. Fermented, unfiltered pumpkin offers over 100 nutrients.
Rosemary is found to be a strong antioxidant by Japanese researchers with preventive role in wrinkles. So use it as a tea or blend and use it for mask.
29. Sage Herb:
Sage herb is another antioxidant and it can be taken as cold infusion or tea.
Saffron is stimulating and refreshing on topical use with other herbs. Kumkumadi oil is a famous ayurvedic herbal oil with saffron as main ingredient that is used for fairness and wrinkle prevention.
31. Sandal Wood:
White Sandal wood powder is a great herb with emollient, toner, cooling, and fairness promoting properties. It is used in various anti-wrinkle and fairness facials and masks. Sandal wood oil is used in creams with anti-wrinkle properties, as it is mildly stimulating as well as refreshing.
The root of ayurvedic herb is a strong antioxidant, antiseptic, local nerve and blood vessel stimulating agent with anti-allergic properties. So it is used to prevent wrinkles.
33. Irish Moss, Marshmallow And Comfrey:
These emollient herbs soothe and lubricate the dry skin.
34. Marigold, Lady’s Mantle And Witch Hazel:
These natural astringents tone and refresh the skin and prevent the wrinkles.
35. Elderflowers, Violet, Yarrow And Chamomile:
These herbs are skin cleansers.
36. Lavender And Thyme:
These antiseptic herbs stimulate the skin.