I know how much you like DIY cosmetics, and especially when it comes to rinses, toners and hydrolates. I am not surprised at all. Herbs have mighty cometic powers. They can take care of the skin better than anything else and can be combined with other precious and extremely effective natural substances, such as oils.
If you were looking for good recipes for home-made herbal cosmetics – I will write immodestly: you could not get any better 🙂 Here’s a herbal beauty entry, with the best recipes for effective herbal treatment. Enjoy!
If you want to make yourself feel like an alchemist and create the most perfect skin care elixir – it is best to reach for herbs and create a unique product. One? Maybe two? There is no need to limit yourself! A herbal hair mist, hydrolate for the face, a hair growth rinse, herbal toner, or maybe an oil-based herbal serum? The best thing is that you do not have to have any special skills to make them and it is hard to overload the ingredients. Herbs are safe and if they are properly matched, they will not harm the skin. They are natural, do not cause allergic reactions (unless you are allergic to any of them) and take perfect care of the skin and hair. The key to success is to match them properly to the needs of your hair and skin. How to do it? Feel free to do it with me!:) Here is my ‘blogger’s basket full of herbs’ for various types of skin and hair.
Herbs for dry skin
First of all, dry skin is in urgent need of moisture. Too thin epidermis will not protect as good from water loss. Another problem might concern the lack of shine, roughness and tendency to irritations. It is worth protecting it from solar radiation and frost.
Furthermore, this type of skin will happily welcome herbs combined with oils (they work like emollients). You can go ahead and use Evening Primrose oils and Flaxseed oil or Olive oil. Mix them with elderberry, chamomile and aloe infusion.
Herbs for oily skin
Oily skin often has a problem with enlarged pores and excessive seborrhea and skin shiness. If you cannot stand the appearance of blackheads and all blemishes – reach for plants rich in tannins. They have tightening properties. It is worth washing the face with infusions of sage, witch hazel, green tea, a Viola tricolour – heartsease or a breckland thyme. It’s a good idea to brew herbs and spray them on your face – just like with hydrolates. A strawflower or witch hazel is ideally suited for this.
Herbs for the scalp
He will not discover any philosophy if I say the same as for the oily complexion. Excessive sebum on the scalp and on the face can be balanced by the same herbs, with the difference that applying them to the scalp is good to mix them with natural oils regulating sebum (the best in this “profession” will be olive oil). If, on the other hand, you often dye your hair or spend a lot of time in the sun and you are afraid that your strands will lose a deep colour – treat them twice a week with a rosemary rinse. Thanks to this, the hair will retain a beautiful shade and shine.
Herbs for hair growth
If your aim is to boost hair growth, reinforce the bulbs and taking care of the scalp – look for Indian herbs, for instance, amla, brahmi and bringaraj. They have been valued by Indian women for ages and bring outstanding results – just have a look at their beautiful hair! Shiny? Definitely! Long? Extremely! That is their secret! – Ayurvedic herbs!
Herbs for mature skin
The owners of mature skin will definitely be fond of herbs and plants that abound in vitamins and minerals, for example, nettle. Due to the fact that the foundation of mature skin care is moisturising, you might want to try out linden. Damask rose extract is highly recommended for anti-wrinkle action. Lavender and orange blossom are also created for the care of mature and wrinkle-prone skin.
Herbs for sensitive and capillary skin
Sensitive, prone to irritation skin with red spider veins will like herbal extracts from liquorice, chestnut, marigold, rose, baby buckthorn and sea buckthorn. The major ingredient to deal with sensitive skin, which perfectly nourishes, soothes irritations, calms and soothes – is chamomile. The capillary skin will also like the witch hazel hydrolate.
Herbs for under-eye skin and eyelids
First of all, gentle – here the main herb will be chamomile and geranium infusion (the latter will be perfect for mature skin care). Swellings and dark under-eye circles can be healed with the infusion of an eyebright, which is often added to eye creams.
DIY herbal cosmetics – the best, most reliable recipes
Herbal compress for dark under-eye circles and puffiness
Brew half a cup of chamomile and eyebright and freshly squeezed cucumber juice (if you do not have a juicer, you can grate it on a fine mesh – the vegetable will release the juice after mixing it with the herbal infusion). Wait for the blend to cool down (you can even chill it in the fridge). Then, soak your cotton pads and put them onto the eyelids.
Herbal care for oily skin a great mattifying toner
The toner not only mattifies the skin but also reduces the visibility of pores and provides antiseptic effects.
Brew green tea, witch hazel, sage, nettle, Everlasting flower and Boswellia serrata. Make sure to combine them in the same ratio. Pour this herbal toner into a bottle (preferably made of dark glass to prevent rancidification) and wipe your face with it even several times per day. If you want, you can use a bottle with an atomiser and use as a hydrolate – sprinkle over the face.
Essence under the cream for sensitive skin
Combine aloe juice with evening primrose oil, brewed flaxseed (strained from the seeds), cornflower and rose (I know: it’s a bit hard to get a hydrolate from these flowers, so you can simply use a ready-made hydrolate, which can be purchased in stores with natural cosmetics and healthy food). Try to make the blend rather thick – it should resemble a face serum. Use the essence after wiping your face with a toner and before applying your cream. For better results, use it twice a day by applying with your fingertips and performing a gentle massage.
DIY hydrolate for capillary skin
Capillary skin requires ingredients that will help constrict the blood vessels and get rid of the redness. Take arnica montana, common marigold, horsechestnut and common horsetail and make a nice brew. Then, combine it with rose hydrolate and a strong green tea infusion. Spray your face a few times a day, it is ok even if you are wearing makeup.
Do you use herbs in cosmetology? Do you have your favourite herbal blends? Do you know any DIY recipes for herbal skin care? Please, let me know in the comments!