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7 Natural Herbs for Skin Care

Posted by Rifki Hakim Sunday, 11 November 2012

What Herbs is the most widely used to help skin health? Not only to heal, but also beautify and protect the skin from damage, dryness, inflammation, acne and aging process? Here are seven natural ingredients is the key to the answer: 

1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has healing properties that have been known for more than 1,000 years. Aloe vera gel applied to the skin that functions as a moisturizer, disinfectant and stimulate regeneration. If your skin is bruised or acne, aloe vera reduces inflammation by inhibiting the formation of bradykinin and prostaglandin hormones. In addition, because it has the effect of sunscreen, aloe vera is also used as an additive in sunscreen products.

2. Olive Oil
Olive oil obtained from the fruit of the olive tree (Olea Europaea) is squeezed with a maximum temperature of 40 ° Celsius. Because the taste and the health benefits, golden yellow oil is not only used in cosmetic products, but is also used in cooking. For cosmetics, olive oil can be used as bath oils or applied as a moisturizer on the dry parts of the skin such as the face, elbows and feet to help the skin regain its natural oil balance. When combined with vinegar and water in equal proportions, olive oil can soften your skin. Vinegar acts to help brighten skin tone and exfoliate.

Olive oil has monounsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols, and vitamin E which protects the skin from damage by free radicals. Therefore, the application of olive oil on the skin can slow the signs of aging (reducing the lines wrinkles), to prevent skin cancer and reduce the damage caused by sun exposure.

3. Chamomile Oil
Dried chamomile flowers is a traditional medicine known since the time of the Egyptian, Greek and Roman (usually consumed as a tea). Popularity of chamomile growing throughout the Middle Ages, when it is used as a medicine for a variety of medical problems such as asthma, colic, fever, inflammation, nausea, nervous complaints, skin diseases and cancer. Chamomile is probably the most popular drugs at the time. Recent studies have identified properties of chamomile as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-allergic and sedative, which strengthens the reputation of the length.

There are two types of chamomile: Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and German chamomile / blue chamomile (Matricaria recutica). Essential oils are extracted from the two varieties are different in composition and properties. Roman Chamomile Oil is more soothing, so it is widely used for aromatherapy. German Chamomile is a very strong anti-inflammatory because of compounds called azulene (nitrogen compounds that provide distinctive blue color). Azulene helps to reduce swelling and cleanse pores of impurities. In addition, German Chamomile oil also contains alpha-bisabolol which promotes granulation and regeneration of tissue that is widely used for skin problems such as rashes, acne, eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin and allergy conditions.

4. Almond Oil
Almond trees have been cultivated since about 4,000 years ago. There are two types of almonds: sweet and bitter almond. For skin care, which is primarily used sweet almond oil (Prunus dulcis). This oil is extracted from the fruit of the almond tree with pressure at cold temperatures. Almond oil is a yellowish, odorless and suitable for the treatment of skin problems. Its use is primarily as a base or additive in cosmetics. The content of unsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic acid in almond oil makes the skin more resistant to infection and provides protection from ultraviolet. Palmitic acid in them ensures that almond oil penetrate well in the skin making it suitable as a moisturizer and a skin. In addition, the vitamin E content of its role as an antioxidant.

5. Green Tea
Green tea (Camellia sinensis) has been taken since 5000 years ago. Not like black tea, green tea plant enzymes are not inactivated by heating immediately after picking. Green tea contains tannins, polyphenols, caffeine and fluoride.

Green tea extract with a concentration of two percent is enough to protect the skin against free radicals. Green tea extract is used in cosmetic products for skin aging and UV protection (sunscreen).

6. Argan Oil
Argan oil comes from the seeds of the argan tree (Argania spinosa). The tree only grows in limited areas in Morocco. Since 1998, the area was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Argan oil which scented golden yellow very fragrant, so widely used in the food and cosmetic industries. To get the source of oil, argan seeds to be roasted and then pressed in cold temperature. This oil is very expensive. For cosmetic purposes, oils can also be obtained with a mixture of an organic solvent which is cheaper.

Argan oil is mainly used to reduce wrinkles because it contains some substances that are effective against skin aging: linolenic acid that promotes renewal of skin cells and supports the immunological processes, squalene which protects against cancer by neutralizing free radicals and UV radiation, and the effect of anti-tocopherol inflammatory and antioxidant.

7. Bengkoang/Jicama
Last but not least, natural ingredients for skin care is another Bengkoang/Jicama (Pachyrhizus erosus). Tuber plant has been used for generations in Indonesia as masks, scrubs, facial cleansers, and moisturizers. The high water content in the Bengkoang/Jicama has a moisturizing effect, relaxes and refreshes the skin.

As with other natural ingredients that are beneficial to the skin, Bengkoang/Jicama contains antioxidants vitamin C, flavonoids, and saponins which acts to prevent skin damage by free radicals. Bengkoang/Jicama also has other benefits as bleach, thanks phenolic substances in it that inhibits the formation of melanin (pigmentation) caused by the sun's UV rays, acne scars or cosmetic side effects.


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