It’s the first thing people notice about us - our face and skin. It’s also the first area to look different if we are sleep deprived, tired or anxious. This is why our skin health is of utmost importance. Growing up, most of us had oily skin texture, to which we always complained about.But as we get older, have busier lives and are more exposed to various environments, we all notice a change in our skin. Perhaps it’s a little more dry, or you start to nice some lines crop up here and there. Skin health needs to improve from the inside out, and we’re sure this is no surprise. So instead of resorting to drastic SOS ways, we’ve decided to bring you six powerful but natural herbs that help strengthen your skin - from the inside out. These herbs are safe, free of any side effects and very easy to obtain. Let’s look at our list:
Aloe VeraOften called the “plant of immortality”, aloe vera has been used for centuries by Asians and Egyptians to treat blemishes on the skin, including cuts, scratches, ache and wrinkles. High in anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera helps rejuvenate the topical layer of the skin, moisturizes it and assists with the healing process. Available in ointments, gels, powders and juices, the best version of course is plucking it fresh in plant form and applying it onto the skin.
TurmericTumeric has been used throughout India for thousands of years and is truly their trusted confidante when it comes to beautiful skin. High in anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is often used as an antioxidant. The beauty of turmeric is that it works quickly - whether consumed in powder form, as ointment or paste or with milk Indian-style, the benefits don’t take long to materialize - you’ll find your skin clear, and your blemishes will look lighter. Today, the wellness world has really taken a liking for turmeric and offers it in extremely creative forms.
Pegaga (Gotu Kola)Known as “the herb of longevity”, pegaga is especially popular in traditional Chinese, Indonesian and Ayurvedic medicine. It has the ability to heal skin issues - especially helping with the appearance of stretch marks, promoting wound healing and minimize scarring. It is important to have the right quality and formulation of pegaga, however - this can really ensure efficient results. In addition to skin-health and anti-ageing, pegaga is amazing for digestion and equally amazing for immunity. Check out our own formulation, Pegaga by PurelyB.
BasilLuckily, basil is popular with recipes all around the world - Italian, American and Thai for instance. The leaves are antiseptic and can also be used topically to treat acne, insect bites and also ringworm. The juice of the fresh plant can also be used to treat fungal infections. Basil is especially good for acneic skin or skin with bacterial issues - so go crazy* on that zoodles topping!
HibiscusOften called “nature’s Botox”, this floral stunner is wonderful for clearing and helping to firm the skin. It’s certainly useful for fine lines and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. Hibiscus is usually available as flower petals that can be boiled to make tea, or dried, and ground into powder format. Pretty and powerful - now that’s a wonderful combination.
ChamomileChamomile is great when it comes to cleansing the skin. Think of it as a natural scrubber. You can drink chamomile in tea - it’s most popular format - or you can also mix it with natural clays and oatmeal to create a natural calming buff or topical scrub. If the all-natural products you buy contain chamomile, that is amazing too.
CinnamonPopularized because of its smell and often used as scents, cinnamon has a ton of benefits and don’t get the credit they deserve. Great for balancing sugar levels, cinnamon is wonderful for outbreaks on the skin, such as rashes and acne. Using cinnamon topically helps prevent the growth of acne-causing bacteria, making it the ideal face or body mask. Of course, the icing on the cake is that you get lovely smelling skin as a result.