Skin care is not a topic of recent times; it has been in practice since ancient times, when herbal skin care was probably the only way to take care of skin.
However, skin care has transformed in a big way. Herbal skin care routines have been replaced by synthetic/chemical-based skin care routines.
The herbal skin care recipes which once used to be common place are not so popular today (and even unknown to a large population).
These changes run parallel to the way we live in our modern society. Due to our lack of time, the rapid pace of our lifestyles and the convenience of ready made products, it is easy to see why chemical skin care treatments have replaced herbal ones.
If fact, even herbal skin care treatments have become mass produced. While this is good in some respect, the fact that these herbal remedies have been diluted with preservatives to increase shelf life is a disappointment. Simply put, these herbal remedies with preservatives are not as potent as their homemade versions.
Recently, there is a movement towards herbal skin care products without the chemical preservatives that add not beneficial value to our health.
Even though we have the knowledge and understanding of the benefits of homemade herbal skin care treatments, the majority of us still opt to purchase products from the commercial market rather than make them ourselves.
A perfect example of an herbal skin care treatment is Aloe Vera. It is an extract from the Aloe plant.
Freshly extracted aloe Vera is a natural hydrant that helps in soothing skin. It also helps in healing cuts and treating sun burns.
In addition to Aloe, there are several herbs that are known as powerful cleansers. Dandelion, lime, rosemary and chamomile are excellent for such purposes. They are especially effective when used in combination with other herbs such as tea.
Furthermore, one must consider the antiseptic value of herbs when it comes to skin care. Excellent examples of herbs known for their antiseptic properties include lavender, marigold, fennel and thyme.