Commercial skin care products, not to mention 10-step routines and all, can easily leave a gaping hole in your pocket. Who can blame you? We all want to achieve that clear, glowing skin and an effortlessly youthful complexion.
Fortunately, not all skin-friendly products are expensive; sometimes they can be obtained straight from nature as a simple yet effective home preparation. Let’s discover five plant-based skincare superstars that you might want to try today.
Also known as deer nut, goat nut, and wild hazel, jojoba is a shrub growing in warm climates, characterized by acorn-shaped seeds that are rich in oil and liquid wax. These are the key in jojoba’s skin-healing properties, soothing and moisturizing skin.
Jojoba is also non-comedogenic, meaning it is less likely to build up on skin and clog the pores. This leads to fewer breakouts as well as less severe acne. Note that it’s also hypoallergenic, so it’s typically non-irritating and allergic reactions are quite rare.
So you can rely on jojoba as a moisturizer, acne fighter by controlling sebum production and being antibacterial, and fast wound healer, to name a few benefits.
- Aloe Vera
Used since 1500 BC in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera has been widely studied in modern science for its ability to help improve skin appearance. In a study, it was combined with topical retinoid and helped subjects with mild to moderate acne, compared with a topical retinoid used alone.
Aloe vera acts as a protective skin layer, assisting in better moisture. It also contains antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, enhancing skin firmness and hydration.
Apply it on your face to help moisturize skin. Regular application can assist in the natural treatment of different skin issues, including acne, eczema, and nasty sunburns. Use aloe vera gel from the plant directly or buy a bottled product from the pharmacy or health stores.
Used for centuries in folk medicine, hibiscus is used topically and internally for its antioxidant anti-aging action. For one, it helps reduce skin inflammation, increase the production of collagen, and control oil secretion, which may clog the pores. Hibiscus is also naturally hydrating to skin.
The acids naturally found in hibiscus help purify your skin, breaking down dead skin and accelerating cell turnover. Acne breakouts can also be managed or avoided through this plant extract, which may be used several ways for the face. Mix the flower powder with rose water and multani mitti to create a thick paste, then apply all over the face to exfoliate your skin. Wipe off the mixture and feel your pores getting cleansed and your skin glowing naturally.
- Tea Tree
Tea tree oil in particular holds many benefits for your skin, even serving as an alternative to conventional skin treatments. Used topically, it can treat specific skin conditions as well as improve overall skin appearance.
Tea tree oil’s anti-inflammatory effects help soothe and relieve painful and irritated skin. It also helps reduce redness and swelling, and one example from studies is its potential to reduce skin inflammation from sensitivity to nickel.
Generally considered safe as a topical treatment, tea tree oil can be applied to skin directly and even in its pure form seldom causes irritation. Some individuals, however, may develop an allergic rash. Do a patch test before using it completely as part of your routine.
- Sea Moss
Dubbed the superfood of the sea, sea moss is an algae native to the Atlantic coastlines of Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. It’s been made mainstream by natural herbalist Dr. Sebi and later on by celebrities and influencers outside of the typical health food circles (mainly as an addition to their smoothies).
One compelling basis for sea moss’ extraordinary skin benefits is the plant containing 92 trace minerals that the body needs to optimally work. On top of this are vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants that have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, help fight acne and skin aging, and can help soothe disorders such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, burns, and even psoriasis.
The good news is you can create your own face mask, lotion, or another skin care product using sea moss gel. Using raw sea moss and water, you can create gel that can be stored for up to 30 days and used for a wealth of purposes. If you don’t have direct access to pure, raw, high-quality sea moss, then organic sea moss supplementation just might be key to getting the glowing skin benefits.