I’ve been asked over and over how old I am. I chuckle quietly to myself while someone tries to guess – often well below my actual age. I have good skin, and although I hit 51 last December, my skin is one of my best features. How do I do it? By using quite a few herbs and supplements that promote healthy, younger looking skin.
Want to know how to get clear skin that is healthy and beautiful? Here are 20 tips to get you there!
How to Get Clear Skin
- Lemon and Orange – Citrus fruits contain fruit acids, which work like a mild chemical peel on your skin. Applying the juice to your face is like a gentle microdermabrasion. Wipe fresh juice on with a cotton ball, leave for a few minutes, and rinse off with cool water. You can do this every other day. Overuse may irritate the skin.
- Shea Butter – Shea butter contains moisturizers that can penetrate deep into the layers of your skin. It’s long lasting and cost effective. Use pure shea butter as some creams have dimethicone, an unnatural chemical, to provide “slip” so that it’s smooth and easy to use. (Find unrefined organic shea butter here.)
- Coconut Oil – Coconut oil contains the highest amount of saturated fatty acids of any of the vegetable-based oils. It will last far longer on the skin than other oils and provide more moisture and protection (even from the sun). It’s inexpensive and can be found at most grocery stores now. It is also shelf stable and not prone to rancidity. (Find unrefined organic coconut oil here.)
- Lavender essential oil – Lavender oil has been known as a healing oil for a few hundred years and is still very effective today. It is one of the only essential oils that can be applied “neat” or undiluted to your skin. It’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, healing, and is a great sleep aid. (Find organic lavender essential oil here.)
- Cocoa Butter – Like shea butter, cocoa butter is very moisturizing. It works wonders on fresh scars to minimize the appearance, and it smells great too. And bonus – your skin will get a healthy dose of antioxidants from cocoa butter like those found in dark chocolate. (Find unrefined organic cocoa butter here.)
- Aloe Vera – Another great healing herb. Aloe Vera is also a humectant, meaning that it attracts moisture from the air and attaches it to whatever it is on – in this case, your skin. You can use the fresh leaf or buy convenient bottles or jars. Just be sure to get pure aloe vera as some have a lot of added chemicals. (Find a pure, organic aloe vera gel here.)
- Rosehip Seed Oil and Hemp Seed Oil – Rosehip seed oil is very high in essential fatty acids, as is hemp seed oil. They both also contain vitamins A and C which are essential to skin and cell development and contain antioxidants to combat aging. Rosehip seed oil is shelf stable, but hemp oil must be kept refrigerated to keep it from going rancid. (Find organic rosehip seed oil here and organic hemp seed oil here.)
- Vitamin E – Like lavender essential oil, Vitamin E oil helps speed healing and lessen the appearance of scars. You can mix this with other oils, butters, or essential oils to boost the benefits for your skin. (Find non-GMO Vitamin E oil here.)
- Grapeseed Oil – Grapeseed oil has been found to be one of the oils that most closely resembles the collagen in our own skin. It’s been touted as a beauty secret used by the stars. No secret now, and you can get it at almost any grocery store.
- Oatmeal – While not actually an herb, it’s used in a similar way to add moisture to the skin. Grind finely, add enough water to make a paste, and spread on your face. Leave on for about 30 minutes before rinsing with cool water. You can do this every day, but if you use it as a scrub, limit its use to twice a week to avoid irritation.
- Potatoes – Potatoes contain vitamins B and C. Cut a potato in half, squeeze out the juice, and apply to your skin with a cotton ball. Rinse off after 15 minutes.
- Strawberries, Blueberries, or Bilberries – Crush a few berries and apply to your skin like a mask. Your skin will soak up all the nutrients like Vitamin C, antioxidants, and even salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is one ingredient known to clear blackheads from the skin.
- ACV – Apple Cider Vinegar will tone and balance the pH and oils in your skin. Use straight or dilute 50/50 with water. Apply with a cotton ball as a toner.
- Sugar – Sugar can be a mild exfoliator. Add a bit of oil, like grapeseed oil, and gently scrub your skin. Use brown sugar, as the crystals are smaller and less irritating.
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes contain high amounts of Vitamin C and are great for the skin. Wipe on with a cotton ball, wait 15 minutes, and rinse.
- Cabbage – Cabbage contains Vitamin C as well as sulfides. These help to kill bacteria and heal the skin. Steam cabbage until soft and blend into a smooth paste. Let cool and apply to the face. Rinse off after 15 minutes or so.
- Ginseng – While ginseng isn’t used on the skin, it’s taken internally. Ginseng is an adaptogen, helping your body to deal with stress. Stress can affect the skin in many ways, including causing breakouts.
- Turmeric – Often taken internally, turmeric can be also be used externally for inflammation and counteracting oxidization. Try to find a light colored tincture as large amounts can turn your skin yellow temporarily.
- Colloidal Silver and Colloidal Copper – Colloidal silver is antibacterial and can be used as a spray or a soap. It also comes in a gel. (Find a colloidal silver spray here.) Colloidal copper contains micro-particles of copper, which is essential to collagen and skin development. It can be found as a spray which you would use like a toner. It also comes in a soap. (Find a colloidal copper spray here.)
- Steam – Steam isn’t an herb or supplement, but it can be used to help loosen dead skin cells and unclog pores. To make a facial steamer, place hot water in a bowl. Add some herbs, such as lavender or chamomile and place your head above the bowl. Drape a towel over your head and around the bowl to catch the steam and direct it towards your face. (Read more about how to make a great facial steam.)
Have you used herbs to keep your skin healthy? Tell us about it!