Four Herbs That Promote Anti-Aging Skin Health
There is a lot of power in nature. Researchers have long recognized the pharmaceutical value of naturally occurring compounds, and many of the potent chemicals in today’s medicines were not first created in a lab but rather harnessed from plants. When it comes to skin care, many doctors and other experts agree that certain herbs offer effective anti-aging properties important to a beauty regimen. Among the most highly recognized are ginseng, sage, oregano, and rosemary.
The anti-aging properties of ginseng are probably the best publicized of all the herbs. For literally thousands of years, ginseng has been used to enhance health and wellness in a variety of ways. Millions trust ginseng supplements to aid in cognitive function. When applied topically to skin, this herb has been shown to brighten the complexion and increase radiance by stimulating blood flow and supporting cellular turnover. Ginseng’s antibacterial properties help to soothe inflammation. Further, it is rich in antioxidants, adding protection against free radicals that can damage surface skin cells.
Noted for its skin conditioning and astringent properties, sage is found in many facial cleansers. It is effective at removing impurities from the surface of the skin while soothing skin and reducing inflammation. Sage oil has also been said to help regulate sebum production, which is particularly helpful to those with oily skin. Antioxidants deliver nutrients to the cells as well as shield against the harmful effects of free radicals.
This yummy herb is not only a delicious staple of Mediterranean food, it is good for your body and great for your skin. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants, oregano has long been said to support a healthy immune system and fight colds, but its uses don’t stop there. Its oil can also be used to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis. Some have had success mixing oregano oil with olive oil and applying it directly to the face to smooth out lines and treat age spots.
An aromatic favorite, rosemary is found in many skin care products. It supports collagen production and helps skin maintain moisture, both of which stave off the formation (or deepening) of lines and wrinkles. Like the other herbs mentioned here, it also contains many antioxidants to protect against damage caused by free radicals. Aiding in circulation and cellular turnover, rosemary contributes to a younger-looking, more radiant complexion. This herb’s invigorating fragrance makes it one of my personal favorites, especially in products where it replaces artificial fragrances that can be irritating.
As you can see, these four herbs have a lot to offer in terms of anti-aging health and skin care. As always, be sure to talk to your doctor before incorporating new supplements into your diet and remember to dilute these potent oils before applying directly to your skin.
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