Saturday, August 11, 2012

7 Natural Herbs for Skin Care

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

1. Aloe veraAloe vera (aloe vera) has healing properties that have been known for more than 1,000 years. Aloe vera gel is applied to the skin serves as a moisturizer, disinfectant and stimulates the regeneration process. If your skin is bruised or acne, aloe vera can reduce 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 olive tree (Olea Europaea) is blackmailed with a maximum temperature of 40 ° Celsius. Because the taste and health benefits, golden yellow oil is not only used in cosmetic products, but also used in cooking. For cosmetics, olive oil can be used as a bath oil or applied as a moisturizer on the skin as dry as the face, elbows and feet to help skin regain its natural oil balance. When combined with vinegar and water in equal proportions, olive oil to soften your skin. Vinegar plays helps lighten skin color and exfoliation.© 2007 Toshiyuki IMAI Chamomilephoto | more info (via: Wylio) Olive oil has monounsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols, and vitamin E to protect skin from damage by free radicals. Therefore, the application of olive oil on the skin can slow the signs of aging (reducing wrinkles lines), to prevent skin cancer and reduce the damage caused by sun exposure.

3. Chamomile oilDried chamomile flowers is known as a traditional medicine since ancient Egypt, Greece and ancient Rome (usually consumed as a tea). Chamomile growing in popularity throughout the Middle Ages, when used as a remedy for various 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 research has identified chamomile properties as anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-allergic and sedative, which reinforces the old reputation.There are two types of chamomile: Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and German chamomile / blue chamomile (Matricaria recutica). The essential oil extracted from the two varieties are different in composition and properties. Roman Chamomile oil is more calm, so that is widely used for aromatherapy. German Chamomile is a very powerful anti-inflammatory because of compounds called azulene (nitrogen compounds that give the typical blue color). Azulene helps to reduce the swelling and cleanse pores of impurities. In addition, German Chamomile oil also contains alpha-bisabolol which promotes granulation and tissue regeneration that is widely used for skin problems like rashes, acne, eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin and allergic conditions.

 4. Almond oilAlmond tree has been cultivated since about 4,000 years ago. There are two types of almonds: sweet and bitter almonds. For skin care, which is used primarily in 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 an additive in cosmetics. The content of unsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic acid in almond oil makes the skin more resistant to infection and provide protection from ultraviolet. Palmitic acid in it to make sure that almond oil with a good soak in the skin making it suitable as a moisturizer and a skin. In addition, it contains Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant. 

5. Green teaGreen tea (Camellia sinensis) have been taken since 5,000 years ago. Unlike the black tea, green tea plant enzymes are not inactivated on the warm up 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 used in cosmetic products for skin aging and UV protection (sunscreen). 

6. Argan oilArgan oil comes from seeds of the argan tree (Argania spinosa). The tree grows only in limited areas in Morocco. Since 1998, the area was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Argan oil is golden yellow very fragrant smell, so that is widely used in food and cosmetics industries. To obtain a source of oil, argan seeds should be roasted and then pressed in cold temperatures. 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 process, squalene which protects against cancer by neutralizing free radicals and UV radiation, and the effect of anti-tocopherol inflammatory and antioxidant.

7. Bengkoang 

Last but not least, a natural ingredient skin care for others is bengkoang (Pachyrhizus erosus). Tubers of this plant have been used for generations in Indonesia as a mask, body scrub, facial cleansers, and moisturizers. Bengkoang a high water content has a moisturizing effect, relaxes and refreshes the skin.As with other natural ingredients that are beneficial to the skin, yam contains antioxidants vitamin C, flavonoids, and saponins which act to prevent skin damage by free radicals. Bengkoang also has other benefits as bleach, thanks to the phenolic substances in it that inhibit the formation of melanin (pigmentation) caused by UV rays of the sun, acne scars or side effects of cosmetics.

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