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Beautiful Skin

Updated on December 17, 2012

Skin Care Products for a Beautiful You

Ingredients in skin care products that are  derived from plant products offer great benefits for your skin, hair, overall beauty care. Plant products are known as botanicals.  Before they are added as ingredients, they are developed and tested to give the greatest benefits.

Here are some ingredients to look for the next time you are looking to purchase products that offer natural healing for your skin:

·         arnica

·         oats

·         jojoba

·         shea butter

·         grapeseed extract

·         white tea

·         white birch extract

·         boswellia

·         green tea

·         licorice

Fantastic Natural Remedies

Arnica is a great product that helps heal bruises, muscle aches, soreness and inflammation.  It is applied topically and is from the arnica Montana plant. It helps to increase local circulation and temporarily relieves pain and irritation. Its medicinal qualities have been known since the 16th century.

Oats usually called colloidal oats is an oatmeal that is crushed and works well for comforting irritated skin. Oatmeal gently strips oil from the skin without drying it. It is effective against itchy skin also.  The use of Oatmeal for skin care dates back to long ago, when ancient Greeks and Romans soaked themselves in baths of oatmeal as a treatment to heal skin conditions. Finely crushed oatmeal like colloidal oats offer the skin much protection and assist in moisturizing the skin for a healthier look and feel. Oats give skin retain moisture, help relieve itchiness, and provide a barrier of protection on the skin.  

Jojoba is an old remedy used for centuries for deep conditioning hair and to moisturizing dry skin.  Jojoba comes from the Jojoba plant grown in the desert in places like the U.S.A., Israel,  Mexico, South America, Australia, and  South America. Jojoba is great to moisturize skin, to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, to help fade stretch marks, and lighten scars. Use jojoba to restore the natural ph balance,   reduce acne and  helps unclog facial pores and for aging skin.  There are numerous uses for jojoba that are beneficial for beautiful skin.  

 Shea Butter comes from Africa and is useful as a moisturizer.  It comes from the nut of the shea tree, and has been used for centuries. It is useful for stretch marks, chapped  lips, rough and dry skin, dark spots, scars. Shea butter is a good moisturizurer for all over the body skin and scalp care.

Grapeseed Oil is an antioxidant derived from red and black grapes.  Because it is an antioxidant it protects the skin from free radicals in the environment. Grapeseed oil is made from the seeds that are used in grape wine. Grapeseed oil is rich in vitamin C,D,E and beta carotene in addition to other acids that help replenish the needed nutrients in damaged skin. It is also good for wrinkles around the eyes, as a moisturizer, and works well to keep skin pliable and soft.

 White tea helps protect the outer layer of your skin from the harmfulness of sun damage.  White tea is an antioxidant  and can help protect the skin against the environmental effects of aging. Covering your skin with a cream that has white tea added helps to improve the immune function of the cells of the skin and helps guard against the damage from the sun.  White tea is processed very little and is known as the purest of  teas.  It helps revitalize sun damaged skin and assists in the skin repairing itself. Polyphenols are compounds that help skin mend.  White tea contains polyphenols and antioxidants which helps the skin to improve and look smoother, brighter and be more resistant to the environment it is exposed to.

White birch extract has products in it that help slow up the aging affects from the sun.  White birch comes from the bark of  the white birch tree.  It helps decrease fine lines and wrinkles by helping the skin keep up its levels of collagen and slasitn.  This product also protects against sun damage and possibly skin cancer  The Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago did studies on White Birch extract.  What they learned through studies, was that betulin and betulinic acid had an effect on melanoma cells. The components of white birch extract contain triterpenes which are antioxidants and anti inflammatories. Long ago, natives used white birch topically to help skin heal from irritations.     

Boswellia helps relax the smile lines and reduce wrinkles.  Boswellia is also known as Indian frankincense.  The boswellia trees reside in the mountains of central and west India.  Going back thousands of years, it has been used a topical cream and also for oral use for its soothing benefits and assets it possesses. It is common in ayurvedic medicine. In modern day, companies like L’oreal, add a specified mixture of boswellia extract and manganese to hydrating creams.  The result of this mixture is that it relaxes muscles in the face and softens fine lines that give rise to wrinkles. New research is testing if boswellia can help with inflammation.

Green Tea is another amazing antioxidant that helps reduce the signs of aging.  Green tea is the unfermented section of the leaf from tea. It is well recognized that green tea has the capability to reduce free radicals. Most free radicals are found in pollution, uv rays from the sun, cigarette smoke and other environmental factors that cause people’s skin to age. There are creams that contain green tea. These creams have shown to improve acne after only 4 weeks of using it. It is believed green tea works because of the powerful anti bacterial impact on the skin. It has shown to decrease acne.

Licorce root is an old fashioned homeopathic used for issues like bronchitis.  Recently it is gaining popularity as a skin lightener, by blocking a skin enzyme related to the pigmentation process. Within 7 days, licorice root extract has shown to be an effective lightener of the dark spots on skin. Licorce is currently gaining popularity by being used as an eczema ointment  and it s ability to moisturize the skin and reduces skin inflammation. 

So go ahead and try these fantastic natural remedies for your skin. 

Please share your other suggestions for natural skin care.

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    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi KKG,

      Natural products are so wonderful to use. I am glad this article taught you something new. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      tokowinfo, great useful information. I've been using shea butter for some time. I hadn't thought about using green tea.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi. Thanks for stopping by. It is nice to meet you. White tea are the baby tea leaves from the same plant that green and black tea comes from. They are the leaves that are picked right before the buds of the plant open.

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      Angela Joseph 6 years ago from Florida

      Very helpful info. I don't think I've ever heard of white tea.

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      i4u 7 years ago

      I have always found green tea as a good remedy for the skin along with better health.

      The other tips are very useful too.

      Thanks for such an awesome hub!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Shea butter is absolutely amazing - it is practically the only thing I use. I even wrote a hub about it. I'm glad you included it here - it does work - on so many levels.

      Thanks for all the other tips as well. Nothing beats the natural way to go - this works and you see immediate results.

      Rated up and - yay!

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      It took me a while to find

      this hub. Glad I did, this

      type of info ( self care),

      is right up my alley.