We all want that healthy, clean-looking, glowing and supple skin on our face, even as we age, but do we really want to spend hundreds of dollars on highly-marketed cleansers and creams that are loaded with chemicals and artificial fragrances? Of course not! Before I get into this natural skin care discussion in the coming weeks, let’s first talk about skin types and some herbs that may be of help.
Normal Skin: Don’t we all wish we fell into this category? Normal skin is soft, smooth and has a very supple feel, with a nice natural ‘glow’. It requires only a simple routine for care.
Dry skin: Some people suffer from dry skin most of their lives, while others will develop drier skin as they age. Dry skin feels taut and often has no shine. It may feel rough and even flaky at times. If you have this type of skin, you may need moisturizers at an earlier age and your cleansers should be mild and gentle.
Oily Skin: While most of us with oily skin (I fall into this category) wish that we did NOT have to endure the oily shine and often many blemishes that it creates, there really is an up side. People with oily skin often look younger longer! Those oils will prevent the aging look of the skin and wrinkles much longer than those with drier skin types. If you have oily skin, you’ll require gentle cleaning to avoid over-stimulation of the oil glands, which can actually cause them to produce even more oil. In future posts, you’ll find home-made facial products to naturally help control oil production, along with other natural remedies and products.
Combination Skin: This is probably the most common skin type. You’ll see larger pores and more oil in what is referred to as the ‘T’ zone, the forehead, nose and chin, while the cheeks and eye areas may be more dry. You’ll need two different recipes for both skin types to correctly manage both areas.
So what can we do for these different types of skin to help look our best? There are various natural herbs and plants that can be used at home and be just as effective as the ones you may see for $30 – $100 at your local drug store or department store. Here are just a few:
- Chamomile is one of the oldest herbs and is a wonderful soothing herb that softens and helps to whiten skin. If you’re looking for that porcelain look, or to fade freckles, this may be an ingredient you want to add to your homemade facial products.
- Calendula is also a healing herb. If you have rough or damaged skin, this is a great addition to any facial cleanser or cream.
- Elderflower works well as a tonic for any skin type, but is especially good for soothing sunburn or even helping to fade freckles. It can also be great for softening skin.
- Lady’s mantle will be useful as an astringent for larger pores.
- Lavender and Lemon are both good for restoring a balance so can be used for most skin types.
- Nettle will provide deep cleansing properties and work well for oily skin.
- Peppermint is also a great addition to help clear complexion problems.
- Watercress is another blemish-reducing addition to your homemade products
These are just a few of the many herbs and plants we’ll explore in upcoming posts and recipes.
But what about today? What can we do right now to help our complexion and to prevent blemishes from the pollen and other impurities? If you suffer from allergies, then undoubtedly, your skin is also struggling.
Try this simple Rosewater recipe (almost too simple to be called a recipe) for wiping off these toxins and impurities throughout the day. It’s a natural and gentle way to prevent blemishes and allergy-related rashes until you can do a thorough cleansing at the end of each work day.
Rose has soothing properties, so it will be gentle even for dry or sensitive skin types.
1/4 Cup Rosewater (if you prefer to make your own, see below recipe)
2 – 3 drops glycerin
4 TBSP witch hazel
Just blend all of these ingredients together and shake well. Let it infuse for 48 hours.
Store in a glass bottle and wipe over your face throughout the day using
cotton balls or makeup removing pads. You can also use it as a spray mist or spray it directly on a cotton ball by using THESE perfect glass spray bottles. They’re tinted to help your DIY products stay fresher longer.
Feel free to play with the amounts. To make a larger batch,
use 3/4 cups Rosewater, 6 – 8 drops of glycerin and 2/3 Cups of
If you’d like to make your own Rosewater and have access to fresh rose petals, try this:
-Remove petals from stems
-Run petals under lukewarm water (to remove impurities, bugs, etc.)
Add the rose petals to a small pot and cover with a small amount of
distilled water. (Be sure to just use enough water to cover the petals)
-Use only low – medium heat to bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer
for approximately 20 minutes. Strain the liquid and pour into glass jars to cool.
-Cover tightly and this can be stored in a cool / dry place for a few months.
Note: If you’re going to put it into a smaller container that is plastic or that
you can use daily, it will need to be refrigerated and replaced every
6 – 7 days. Original dark jars in cold storage can last longer if kept
That’s it for today! Please let me know how you liked this recipe!
Enjoy the air and always put lemon in your water!!