St Johns Wort: This yellow flower native to Europe has been used for thousands of years, from the Greeks to Native Americans It is well known for it use in treating depression and anxiety, though because of its astringent properties it can also be used to to moisturize and refresh the skin, particularly an itchy skin rash.
Calendula Oil: Calendula is widely used for reducing inflammation and treating diaper rash. You can also use the actual herb by mixing it with boiling water, one cup of the boiling water to two teaspoons of the herb. Let it simmer for about ten minutes. After the mixture has cooled, apply to the affected area by using a clean cloth.
Stress and poor diet can weaken blood vessels, which may break, creating a bruise-like undertone around the eye area. Eat foods rich in vitamin K, because it helps fortify blood-vessel walls. And use a daily topical treatment with vitamin K. Or try “plumping up” thin skin with a fast-absorbing oil, such as jojoba.
Vitamin E is a key anti-aging vitamin that protects the skin and other cell structures in your body from free radical damage. Some researchers believe that vitamin E is the most important of all the anti aging antioxidants – the master vitamin. Nutritionists estimate that over 95% of Americans have a diet providing below the recommended dieatary level of vitamin E- recommendation is 100 mg/day.
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Before bed, use a cream rich in antioxidants, such as green tea, soy, or grapeseed extract. While the body sleeps, the skin restores itself. Thicker than moisturizer, a night cream rich in antioxidants will help skin defend against smoke, sun, smog, and age. These stressors cause skin to produce free radicals (oxidants) that attack collagen; and when collagen breaks down, wrinkles and sagging result. Antioxidants such as jojoba leaf and vitamins A, C, and E battle those free radicals before they can do damage.
Protect with sunblock-Nobody wants the side effects of too much sun — wrinkles, moles, age spots, not to mention skin cancer. Protecting skin against UVA and UVB rays is the foundation of great skin care. A sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher that contains Mexoryl SX or stabilized avobenzone because they defend against both wrinkle-accelerating UVA rays and sunburn-causing UVBs. Some moisturizers contain sunscreen for daily use, but be sure to apply full protection sunscreen when you go outdoors.
Hydrate with moisturizer (even if you think you have oily skin)-Our daily habits (long days, sleep debts, frequent washing) deplete sebum, skin’s natural moisture lock. That protective layer of oil holds in moisture and prevents irritation. Without it, skin becomes vulnerable to damage.
Apply an anti-inflammatory serum to nourish skin deep down-Stress and fatigue can lead to puffy skin and a blotchy complexion. Calm redness and blemishes with serums and gels that contain extracts of anti-inflammatory herbs like chamomile, calendula, and lavender. Seek out serums with a wealth of organic botanicals, not just a dusting. (Ingredients appear in descending order based on amount present.)
Skin care gets a little more complicated every year. New products tout “never-before-seen” benefits, while the ingredient du jour earns top billing as the next “beauty breakthrough.” With these 5 steps to natural skincare, you can be sure you’re getting the essentials.
- Start with a gentle exfoliant, rather than a harsh soap, to cleanse-As skin regenerates, dead cells compromise luster and clog pores. Derived from plant and milk sugars, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) slough skin without harsh scrubbing.
Keep a calendula-based salve or cream in your backpack to prevent infection of cuts and scrapes suffered out on the trails. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, bee propolis spray or tincture also staves off infection when applied four times daily.