The Natural Way to Care for the Skin

November 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Herbal skin care tips

People who care about the health of their skin usually use herbal skin care products. More and more people are embracing herbal skin care products each day. Herbal skin care products have become so popular that you can now find them in many clothing and grocery stores.

Because of the popularity of herbal skin care products, many of the acclaimed manufacturers of chemical skin care products have added herbal products to their skin care lines. Herbs can now be widely found in everything from cleansers to moisturizers. Many people want to use them if for no other reason than that they are natural.

Herbal use in ancient times

The use of herbs for skin care dates back about as far as written history, around 3000 BC in Egypt. Egyptians used roses and fenugreek to prevent wrinkle formation. The Greeks later used cosmetics containing mint. In fact, most ancient cultures have recorded the application of herbs to their skin in an effort to achieve a beautiful complexion.

Use of herbs backed up by studies

Many modern scientific studies have evaluated and verified the healing, cleansing or protective properties of some herbs. Some studies have identified the herbal constituents that perform beneficial tasks on the skin.

Manufacturers take these studies into consideration when formulating their herbal skin care products. One herb that is commonly included in herbal skin care products for acne is rose geranium. Rose geranium contains properties that function as an antimicrobial treatment. It is also sometimes used to treat various skin infections.

More studies on herbal use for skin care needed

There still needs to be a lot of scientific study done on many of the herbs used in herbal skin care products. However, there is little financial motivation to fund studies of these herbs, as their inclusion in skin care formulas cannot be patented. So most people who use these products use them based on what seems to work.

Roses and chamomile are a couple of widely touted skin remedies found in herbal skin care products that remain understudied. However, the positive personal experiences of many people have to the wide use of roses and chamomile for skin care. Chamomile, for example, is touted for its ability to sooth the skin since the Middle Ages. Many people use it when they have a rash.

Homemade herbal skin care products

Herbal skin care products have become so popular that many people have learned to make their own herbal skin care treatments. There are now many books and guides available that describe in detail how to formulate various herbal treatments for specific skin conditions.

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