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Use These Herbal Aids For Dry Skin

If there is anything to be learned from history, it is safe to say that people have always had a high respect for herbs. Elizabethan herbalist, Nicholas Culpepper credited plants with possessing powers of good (light) and evil (dark). That may explain why Chinese Emperor, and part time herbal enthusiast, Chi’en Nung, while able to identify 365 healing herbs, died after consuming one that turned out to be poisonous.

Despite the occasional mishap, it is safe to say that the herbal remedy has maintained a pretty respectable track record to this day, quite a feat considering how long its history is. Herbals have been credited with easing aches, pains, digestion problems and are also one of the most effective and trusted ingredients in beauty and skin products. If you are looking to give your skin a hydrating boost, here are some of the best (pretested) herbal remedies for dry skin relief.

avocado oil

Avocado Oil
It should be no surprise that a super food makes a super skin treatment. Avocado oil stimulates production of collagen and hydrates skin, and can even be used as a substitute for your nightly serum.

Rosemary Oil
Rosemary oil helps to stimulate cell renewal and gets rid of cells that dull the complexion to reveal new, fresh skin underneath. It can also be used to treat dry, itchy scalp and dandruff. Mix five to seven drops with luke warm water and use it to rinse hair after shampooing to address a flaky scalp.

Lavender Oil
Not only does it smell great, lavender can also relieve itchy tight skin and protect it from UV rays and free radicals which cause premature aging. Apply directly to your face, or put a few drops in your day or night cream.

Pomegranate seed oil

Pomegranate Seed Oil
The antioxidant properties in the pomegranate makes them a great anti-ager, whether you choose to munch or apply topically. The magical seeds can reduce breakdown and increase production of collagen to keep your skin looking firm and useful. Put a drop on your skin after applying moisturizer.

Grapeseed Oil
You’ve probably seen this ingredient being given credit on the labels of anti aging serums and creams. Grapeseed oil has been a proven component in the restoration of collagen and softens find lines to help skin stay firm. “Plus, according to David Colbert, MD, “grape seed oil is high in polyphenols which are antioxidants that can help calm inflammation.” Add two drops to your morning moisturizer to reap its anti aging benefits.

Sunflower Seed Oil
Got dry scaly elbows and knees? Slather some of this vitamin E rich oil on them for some quick hydration.

carrot seed oil

Carrot Seed Oil
Fight age spots with this bunny pleasing option, extracted from the dried seeds of the orange plant. Carrot seed oil can also speed up healing of skin irritations like psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.

Olive Oil
Besides being a delicious addition to food, olive oil can also be just the thing to relieve a dry, itchy scalp, due to its anti fungal and antibacterial properties. Ellen Marmur, MD, advises, “To calm either issue, once a week, massage a 1/4 cup of olive oils into your scalp so its evenly saturated. Wait at least 20 minutes, then shampoo and condition. Use the remainder to treat your complexion. Olive oil is rich in vitamins that can help prevent spots anilines caused by sun damage. Put two drops in your favorite moisturizer to boost results.

What herbal treatments work best on your dry skin? Let us know your favorites!

Healing Your Skin With Soybean Oil

soybeans with a bottle of soybean oil

With all the strange chemicals that can be found in skin care products, it’s nice to know that there are some natural components that can also be beneficial. Within the past 10 years, soybean oil has become more and more popular in its use in skin care products and its abilities to keep skin looking beautiful. Find out how to use soybean oil to your advantage and see what it can do for your skin.

Soybean oil is made up of small molecular structures that allow it to penetrate the top most layer of skin, the epidermis. From there, it nestles into your skin’s cellular structure, stimulating the synthesis of elastin, collagen and other proteins. This is key in cell growth, regeneration and the reversal of abnormal cell functions.

Soy is rich in essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, lecithin and antioxidants all of which can nourish your skin when applied topically.

  • Through its antioxidant properties, Vitamin E promotes regeneration and healing. It is useful for moisturizing skin, keeping it smooth and healthy.
  • Essential fatty acids help moisturize the collagen below the skin surface while lecithin maintains the elasticity of the skin, smoothing fine lines and preventing premature aging.
  • Soybean oil has an overall effect of correcting pigmentation brought about by hormonal changes and the damage caused by sun exposure. It can be effective at removing skin blemishes caused by acne.
  • The antioxidant properties in soy oil are great for improving skin as they protect skin cells from free radical damage, reducing aging effects and wrinkling.

Studies have proven the effectiveness of soybean oil on skin. A placebo controlled trial studied 65 women with moderate facial photodamage. At the end of a 12 week period, the results showed these women to have reduced blotchiness, dullness, and fine lines, and an improvement in overall skin tone, texture and appearance.

The oral administration of soybean oil may also be beneficial to the skin. A study was conducted involving 80 postmenopausal women who were given a placebo or two tablets containing soy extract as well as other beneficial extracts including those from grape seed, tomato, white tea, vitamins C and E, chamomile and zinc. The active group had significantly greater facial improvement, including a reduction of wrinkles, sagging, under eye circles, and mottled pigmentation, after a 3 and 6 months of treatment. Of course, the setback here is the inability to be able to single out soy as the specific contributor to these benefits as opposed to the other extracts.

The overall conclusion of the studies is that use of soy and soy extracts when applied topically seem to have scientific support. Preliminary studies on the impact of dietary soy and skin health show that there is justification for continued research in this area.

Soy should be used as a facial moisturizer only in its pure or organic form. It is mild and does not cause skin irritations. Although it contains estrogens, these are not the type that will go into your blood stream, it will simply help cells rejuvenate.

Have you used soybean oil for skin health? Are you happy with the results you’re getting? Please let us know in the comments section below.

INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: Olive Leaf Extract

Olive oil, branch and olives Olive Leaf Extract is a common name in the skin care, cosmetics and medical world because of its various healing properties. Olive oil, a natural ingredient, is commonly used in Mediterranean dishes because of the fact that it is extremely healthy and that it can help in reducing blood pressure and weight as well. Olive oil has always been popular throughout centuries as a medicinal herb and now it has also managed to take the center stage in beauty and skin care products.

The olive leaf is full of phytonutrients and antioxidants and it is used as a liquid concentrate, in a powdered form or as tea. Research has shown that having the right levels of Olive Leaf Extract can also help in the treatment of certain skin conditions. The Olive leaf is also a major source of luteolin and apigenin, both of which are quite useful when it comes to reducing inflammation and offering youthful and glowing skin, lower blood pressure and fight against cancer, particularly breast cancer.

The anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties of Olive Leaf Extract also makes it popular in ointments that help to prevent cold and flu. Finally, Olive Leaf Extract is known to be full large amounts of antioxidants that help the body to fight against viruses, protect the skin from damage from free radicals and prevent cancer and the Alzheimer’s disease.

Now that you’re aware of the benefits that Olive Leaf Extract has to offer, why not understand how exactly it can benefit your skin.

Reducing skin tumors – According to a study published by the International Journal of Cancer, Olive Leaf Extract helps in protecting the skin from skin tumors and skin cancer. This study was performed on mice where it was shown that Olive Leaf Extract helped in inhibiting cell reproduction and also inducing programmed cell death in tissues with cancerous cells.

Anti-aging – Anti-aging creams are considered to be the most popular skin care products today. Olive Leaf Extract is commonly used in anti-aging creams because of their compositions that allow them to improve longevity, immune system functions, blood circulation and eliminate toxin accumulations and diseases and infections.

Protecting your body from sun damage – Olive Leaf Extract helps you in protecting your skin from damage caused by exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun. According to a study published in the Phytotherapy Research Journal, Olive Leaf Extract constitutes of oleuropein, an ingredient that inhibited skin reactions to UV radiation. This ingredient also helped in lowering melanin production and inhibiting enzymes that break down skin tissue.

Antioxidants – Olive Leaf Extracts are known to be loaded with antioxidants that can help your skin fight the free radicals and protect your blood vessels from getting damaged.

A better alternative to Vitamin E – Olive Leaf Extract contains oleuropein which helps with dehydration, a better blood flow and reduced reddening. According to a study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science in the year 2008, oleuropein helps the skin in better ways than Vitamin E and also protects it from sun damage.