One of the things many women strive to achieve is keeping their skin youthful as they grow older. Little wonder we spend a lot of skincare products and follow the right skincare practices.
Having a shelf filled with skincare products is great, but this might not be possible for some women. If you do not have money to buy skincare products or you prefer natural solutions, that doesn’t mean your skin has to suffer.
There are plants you can use to keep your skin looking youthful. The good news is you do not have to spend so much on getting these plants. In fact, you can grow them at home and have access to them whenever you want.
So, without wasting more time, let’s get started.
Here are some plants that keep your skin looking youthful:
You probably have had about bay leaf before. It is one of the ingredients used in cooking our renowned Nigerian party jollof rice.
It is common knowledge that it adds a unique taste and scent to food, but most women do not know that it can also work wonders for their skin.
This leaf helps to detoxify your entire body, not just your skin. It also reduces the appearance of aging signs on your skin. That is not all. It is used to fight against bacterial infections, and speed up the healing process of wounds and cuts on your skin.
It is also good for treating inflammatory acne because it reduces inflammation. It contains phytonutrients that soothe irritation on the skin.
To include bay leaf in your skincare routine, just grind some leaves until they turn into powder and apply to your moisturizer, face wash, and even your body or face mask. Also, don’t forget to add it to your food.
You should also be familiar with thyme.
When it comes to preparing spicy and tasty meals, thyme is always in the mix.
However, the great qualities of thyme transcend food. It is great for your skin and with regular use, it helps to maintain your youthful look.
It is a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal treatment for different skin blemishes. It is also great for treating acne – thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It can speed up the healing of wounds.
Thyme does a whole lot more for your body. It resolves cramping, clears respiratory tracts, aids digestion, etc.
Apart from adding it to food, you can use thyme to make tea and oil. You can also use it to make a great toner. Just mix it with green tea or witch hazel.
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3. Aloe vera
It is no news that aloe vera is one of the most beneficial plants for the skin.
It does a whole lot to make sure that your skin is spotless and youthful. It is used to treat different skin conditions. In fact, Ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality”.
Aloe vera is a great natural moisturizer. It provides your skin with the moisture it needs and prevents it from becoming dry.
It also helps to soothe inflamed and irritated skin. When your skin is sunburned, aloe vera helps to soothe and heal the burn. It also helps to heal wounds and cuts.
It is used in treating acne, increasing your skin’s elasticity, retaining moisture in your skin, and removing all forms of blemishes.
You can infuse aloe vera into your skincare products or use alone. You can also use it to make your face scrub, face mask, and moisturizer.
Apart from applying on your skin, you can also take a tablespoon of aloe vera every day. It provides your body with nutrients to function properly.
4. Green tea
Green tea in tea form is more common than the leaf itself.
If you can get the leaf, that’s fine but if you can’t, the tea bags will do. Green tea plays a great role in rejuvenating your skin. When you drink it, it detoxifies your body, induces weight loss, and reduces cholesterol levels.
When you apply it on your skin, it reduces the appearance of scars, delays the appearance of aging signs, heals skin blemishes, fights against sun damage, and reduces inflammation.
Green tea controls the production of oil in your skin. This prevents excess oil from clogging your skin pores and causing acne to form.
You can put a cool green tea bag on your eyes to help get rid of dark under-eye circles. You can also infuse green tea into your moisturizer or toner or even face mask.
When it comes to gifting flowers, roses are a beautiful way to show care.
But they are not limited to the nice scent or the beautiful feeling you get when your man gets you roses. If you want youthful skin, then get roses for your skin.
You can make rose water by infusing roses in water. Rose water is great for soothing skin irritations and inflammations. So, if your skin is red or you feel a burning sensation, rose water is your go-to remedy. It is very gentle on the skin so you do not have to worry about reactions.
It provides moisture to your skin and aids the regeneration of skin cells. You can use it as a mild toner for your skin or add it to your moisturizer.
To make your rose water, just add a few rose petals in a pan of water. Heat it up for about 15 minutes till the petals have lost their colour. Let it cool and pour the water in a spray bottle.
I have always been a believer of the fact that skincare doesn’t have to be expensive.
These plants are very easy to get and they are cheap. You do not have to break the bank just to take care of your skin.
Now, over to you…
Have you ever used a plant to treat your skin? How was your experience? Leave a comment and let’s talk.