What is a Herbal Facial?
As the name suggests, a herbal facial is a very healthy and natural way to clear all dirt and toxins from your face to promote glowing, refreshed skin. This type of facial contains a specific type of herb or even a combination of them, such as chamomile, comfrey, elder blossoms, and the like. They can help tackle a range of skin woes like eczema, pigmentation, and the like. As per the “Open Dermatology Journal,” herbal facials and face packs can truly be effective in treating the skin.
Everyday living brings us face-to-face with a vast variety of dirt and toxins. We need to cleanse them from our skin, and herbal facials are one of the best ways to cleanse the face and promote glowing, healthy skin.
Herbs such as comfrey, elder blossoms, chamomile, and rosemary will cleanse and soften skin while drawing out toxins and impurities from the pores. Comfrey rejuvenates the skin cells whereas chamomile promotes even skin tone and helps relieve conditions like eczema. These herbs are gentle enough to apply to the sensitive area around the eyes, yet effective enough to see tangible results.
Well, you may need to try many different herbal combinations before you find the perfect blend for your skin type and condition. The basic recipes given here are for normal skin and typical problems. However, for severe problems, please consult a healthcare professional.
Benefits of Getting these Herbal Facials
Herbal facials are free from harsh chemicals and toxins that can cause harm to your skin or an allergic reaction. So, they are very safe, effective, and gentle on the skin. They can also:
- Improve blood circulation
- Give a healthy glow
- Calm your nerves
- Loosen debris and unclog pores
- Oxygenate and hydrate your skin
- Also, as per the International Journal of Advances in Pharmaceutics, herbal facials & face packs also keep the skin free from irritation.
Equipment Required for Herbal Facials at Home
The equipment needed for herbal facials is simple:
- a bowl,
- fork and
- something to powder the herbs with.
Use a coffee grinder, if possible, and powder the herbs very finely. This way they will be silky smooth to apply. Then mix them well and store your blended facial powder in an airtight container. All of the herbal blends keep well and can be made in advance. As with all dried herbs, make sure to store these powdered bases in an airtight container in a dark place.
Using the following three-step process every night will revitalize your skin and give it a healthy glow.
For a quick simple fix, cut a garlic clove and rub it directly on the skin.
Step 1. Cleansing helps exfoliate dead skin cells and removes toxins excreted through the skin. Use a small amount of herbal cleansing powder and lots of water on a soft cloth or sponge. Then, gently scrub in small circles all areas of your face, except around the eyes. Rinse with pure water.
Step 2. Toner helps wash away any amount or trace of cleanser and restores the proper pH of the skin. Splash it on or use a soft cotton ball. There is no need to rinse.
Step 3. Moisturiser seals in moisture and leaves skin soft and smooth. Gently apply it with upward strokes, paying special attention to dry areas.
For best results, combine the three-step nightly facial with an herbal facial mask once a week.
Herbs for Healthy Skin
- Calendula (Calendula officinalis). Being nature’s gentlest healer, these golden petals hold the key to its medicinal value. Helps heal those skin imperfections we all seem to get.
- Chamomile (Matricaria recutita). It helps soothe and moisturize dry skin. Along with it, helps many skin problems, such as eczema. Use the flowers either fresh or dried.
- Comfrey (Symphytum officinale). Scientifically proven to promote cell regeneration. Helps keep skin youthful and beautiful. It speeds healing. You can use the leaf or root.
- Elder (Sambucus nigra). It softens age lines. Relieves dry, damaged skin. Though try to use only blossoms.
- Oats (Avena sativa). Softens skin and draws toxins and oils out of pores. Use organic whole oats, found in health-food stores.
- Peppermint (Mentha x Piperita). It cools and refreshes the skin. It has astringent properties. Use the leaves fresh or dried. Use peppermint sparingly.
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). It Softens skin. It is recommended to use on dry and/or damaged skin and also has antibacterial properties. Use the leaves either fresh or dried.
Herbal facials are an excellent alternative for you if you are seeking a plant-based facial that is very natural and mild. You no longer need to depend on chemical-based facials if you are concerned about their effects on your skin. Walk into Sara Elizabeth today for a fabulous herbal facial and walk out with healthier, rejuvenated skin today!