Skin care is not a topic of recent times; it has been in practice since ancient times, when herbal skin care was probably the only way to take care of skin.  However, skin care has transformed in a big way.

Herbal skin care routines have been replaced by synthetic/chemical-based skin care routines.

The herbal skin care recipes which once used to be commonplace are not so popular today (and even unknown to a large population).

This transformation from herbal skin care to synthetic, can probably be attributed to two things – our laziness (or just the fast pace of lives) and the commercialisation of skin care.

Even herbal skin care products have been commercialised.  These commercial herbal skin care products have to be mixed with preservatives in order to increase their shelf-life, hence making them less effective than the fresh ones made at home.

However, it seems that things are changing fast and more people are now opting for natural and herbal skin care routines.  But still, none want to make them at home and hence the commercial market of herbal skin care products is on the rise.

So, what are these herbs or herbal skin care mechanisms?

Aloe Vera, which is an extract from Aloe plant, is one of the best examples of herbal skin care product.  Freshly extracted Aloe Vera is a natural hydrant that helps in soothing skin.  It also helps in healing cuts and treating sun burns.

Several herbs are known to possess cleansing properties; Dandelion, chamomile, lime flowers and rosemary herbs, are a few examples of such cleansers.  Their herbal skin care properties get invoked when they are combined with other herbs like tea.

Antiseptics are another important part of Herbal skin care; Lavender, marigold, thyme and fennel are good examples of herbs that are known to possess antiseptic properties.

Tea plays an important part in herbal skin care.  Tea extracts are used for treatment of skin that has been damaged by UV radiation.

Oils prepared from herbal extracts present another means of herbal skin care.

Tea tree oil, Lavender oil, borage oil and primrose oil are some popular oils used in herbal skin care.  Some fruit oils (e.g. extracts from fruits like banana, apple and melon) find use in shower gels (as a hydrating mix).

Homeopathic treatments and aromatherapies also come under the umbrella of herbal skin care remedies.

Herbal skin care is good not only for the routine nourishing of skin but also for treatment of skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis.

Most herbal skin care products don’t have any side effects, which is probably the most important reason for preferring them over synthetic products.

Moreover, herbal skin care products can be easily made at home, hence making them even more attractive.

LA Skincare approaches skincare from an herbal point of view, ensuring to incorporate ingredients such as Aloe Vera and many of the essential oils mentioned.  All LA Skincare products are paraben free, making them naturally preserved and no chemical preservatives.

We love to teach people how to make their own facemasks at home.  Chocolate is good for your heart, your blood pressure and of course, your taste buds.  But did you know chocolate is good for your skin?  Rich in antioxidants, chocolate gives your skin extra protection against free radicals and can nourish the skin.  Here is how to make your own chocolate face mask at home:

The Chocolate Yogurt Honey Mask:

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon yogurt, 1 teaspoon of honey

  • Blend cocoa powder with honey and yogurt.
  • Cocoa powder can be difficult to blend, so be patient with this step. Keep mixing until mixture looks like melted chocolate.
  • Clean your face with lukewarm water. Dab dry and then apply the mask evenly on the face except for lip and eye areas.
  • Relax for 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water and dab dry.