Make Botanicals A Part Of Your Summer Skincare Routine
Summer has finally arrived and you're probably starting to see some of that stunning Summer time foliage beginning to bloom throughout your neighborhood. Not only can you enjoy the beauty and aroma of these of natural bouquets but they probably possess a lot more positive qualities and effects than you think! In fact, so many naturally occurring plants are full of healing, anti-aging, and moisturizer properties.
We wanted to give you the top list of our favorite natural ingredients and how they can provide a boost within your skincare regimen. Consider it nature's approach to aging.
Lily Of The Desert (Aloe Vera)
Yaas Queen, that is what Aloe Vera is, the Queen of skincare. Aloe Vera is one of nature's most versatile remedies. Benefits include regeneration of natural skin tone. It smoothes wrinkles caused by aging, relieves acne, sunburn, rashes, scars, unhealed sores and eczema, due to it's anti-inflammatory, and calming properties. Not only that, but it’s also rich in antioxidants making this plant an excellent moisturizer and anti-aging promoter. And, did you know that drinking Aloe Vera juice before going to bed helps you relax and get some good sleep? Give it a try!
The jojoba plant is a dynamic, perennial plant that grows in North America. It not only thrives in harsh desert-like climates but also produces a nut that contains a variety of healing characteristics.
The nut is made into an oil that boasts a number of benefits that provide a remedy for acne, dry, skin, and numerous other skin conditions. Jojoba oil works to seal your skin with a protective barrier, locking in moisture and preventing bacterial infections, acne, and dandruff from forming. It also contains natural forms of Vitamin E which works with your skin as antioxidant. It helps control sebum production, keeping your pores clean and unclogged and because of it's antioxidant qualities may also help your body produce more collagen.
Chicory is characterized by it's vibrant blue plumage and wood appearance. It's a perennial herb that is cultivated in places all over the world, including it's place of origin - the Mediterranean regions of Europe, the Southeastern United States, Southeast Asia, and South Africa. It's commonly known for it's use as a coffee supplement but possess a multitude of other uses as well.
As a powerhouse of antioxidants with potent anti-inflammatory properties, chicory root is known as something of a “miracle” herb and an unyielding natural plant.
The roots and leaves of the chicory plant are often taken orally for their medicinal value. They've been used to aid with ailments such as loss of appetite, gallbladder and liver disorders, rapid heart rate, and digestive problems.
It can also be used as a potent salve for relieving swollen or inflamed skin. Thanks to its calming and collagen-stimulating powers, chicory root is an excellent addition to any moisturizer’s formula. It is high in antioxidants, which can not only improve immune health when taken orally but which also help fight off the effects of toxins and free-radicals when applied topically.
It's fun to say and all the more fun to incorporate into your skincare routine because of it's endless array of health benefits. Also known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng, Ashwagandha is a popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India.
Ashwagandha actually translates to "odor of horse". Some accounts say that it was named as such because it gives you the endurance and strength of a horse. In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha herb is classified as "Rasayana," a type of essence that helps in the healing of the body and the lengthening of life. The plant comes from the same family as tomatoes and eggplants. It's a small shrub with bright red berries and five-petal flowers. However, the most important part of the plant is it's roots, because it's where the powder used for it's most potent benefits is extracted from.
Ashwagandha is loaded with antioxidants, allowing it to fight the damaging effects of free radicals produced via exposure to UV sun rays. This means you can goodbye to dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Bonus? Ashwagandha also helps prevent skin cancer.
Nopales are an awesome, healthy type of cacti that possess a variety of health benefits including aid in weight loss, cancer prevention, improving skin health, and protecting and supporting heart health. What are they exactly? Nopales are a form of veggie made from the soft pads of underdeveloped prickly pear cacti. They're either green or purple in appearance and are roughly the size of a person's hand.
The phytochemical and antioxidant qualities of Nopales make them a powerful shield against premature signs of aging, like wrinkles and age spots.
Get natural. Your skin will thank you.