Herbal Interests // Herbal Teas, Oils, + Masks for Healthy Skin

I never had bad acne growing up. My skin was fairly clear in middle school and the beginning of high school. It was the summer before my senior year that I started to show signs of acne approaching. My face was oilier than normal, and some irritated red bumps began to show up on my face. It came and went in episodes. During my pregnancy, my face was clear again, with some pimples popping up here and there. After Tad was born, some acne returned, like it did when I was high school. Now that we've stopped nursing, my face has broken out like crazy. This is probably the worst my acne has ever been, sprinkled about across my entire forehead and lots of blackheads on my nose and chin. I am not sure if this is purely hormonal, as I have read that weaning can cause acne for up to six months. Well, we are three months in, and I am ready for a solution! 

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I have never had much luck with changing my skincare routine. I have learned that acne medication is just not the best bet for me, as it is filled with more harmful chemicals and acids than good things, even sometimes made with agents that help your acne to keep appearing so that you continue to purchase the product. Within the past few years, I have transitioned to natural skincare, such as face oils and rose petal toner, but this isn't seeming to work either. So now I am looking to herbal teas and some new natural products! I have researched some herbs that aid in healthy skin.

Herbs For Healthy Skin // 

  • Chamomile. Chamomile is a healing herb. It speeds up skin's healing process.
  • Lavender. Another healing herb, and gentle too, it is great for calming any irritation to the skin.
  • Ginger. Ginger is one of the most common herbs used to heal the skin. It helps to cleanse, detox, and purify.
  • Nettle. Powerful and nutritious, nettle contains calcium, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and amino acids, which help achieve glowing skin.
  • Rose Petals. High in antioxidants and Vitamin C, rose petals help to fight off degradation of the skin.
  • Rosehips. A natural source of Vitamin E, rosehips help to hydrate dry and sensitive skin, also protecting against sun damage. Fatty acids omega 3, 6, and 9 help to repair damaged cells.
  • Dandelion Root. Another common herb for skincare, dandelion root purifies the blood and liver, being an all around good body herb.
  • Green Tea. Drinking green tea can improve your complexion by flushing out toxins, heal blemishes and scars, improve elasticity, and reduce inflammation.
  • Oolong Tea. Improves skin's vitality and has anti-aging benefits.
  • Raspberry Leaf. Rich in minerals and vitamins, it makes a good astringent to tighten pore and give skin a good lift.
  • Hibiscus. Full of alpha-hydroxy acids, hibiscus helps to maintain a high cell turnover for a youthful glow; its high mucilage content moisturizes skin and soothes inflammation.

When making herbal tea blends, I like to mix bitter herbs like nettle and raspberry leaf with something sweeter such as hibiscus, lemongrass, or rosehips. Burdock root, licorice root, and mint are all great herbs to mix with your tea. Sweeten with honey and little cream! This Tea Infuser by Aladdin is a perfect way to have tea on the go!

Along with teas, I have begun a new skincare routine that is simple and, so far, effective. We took a trip into Lush the other day, and I had a mission. I began discussing my skin issues with one of the consultants, and he introduced me to some new products that I probably would have spent hours debating over, never purchasing, and perusing online. I am now using the Dark Angels cleanser which uses black sugar and charcoal. I've read that charcoal is a great cleanser for oily and acne prone skin. This mix is great because it's not overly packed with exfoliants and does not leave my face feeling like I rubbed it with rocks. I've felt so much better after using it! I also purchase two face masks, Rosy Cheeks, which uses rose clay and rose petals (like in the tea!), and Catastrophe Cosmetic, which is full of blueberry chunks and chamomile to soothe redness and irritation. These have been working great!! I also try to use Vitamin E oil from time to time, which is an excellent skin healer. I have actually been putting a little bit of Burt's Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil  on my face. It's helped heal everything up really quickly, even though it's meant for the body. 

Here is to healthy skin! If you have any other natural products or recipes that you love and think I might like, please leave them in the comments! I love finding new beauty products (:

xoxo Kayla