You look in the mirror one night and see the worst: saggy skin, acne and wrinkles. You give a sigh of defeat as you try to remember the last time you actually upheld a skin care regimen. You look at your cupboard and see all of the complicated creams, toners and cleansers—they’re not doing their job anymore. You groan as you realize you’ll have to look for new treatments. But now you’re determined. No more of these expensive treatments with odd ingredients. It’s time to go back to natural. Time to talk about the benefits of rosemary.
You are Not Alone
Nowadays, people rarely have the time to go leaf through skin care catalogs to decide which treatment would best help their skin problems. Even commercials and posters don’t seem to be reliable anymore. Right now, all the rage is directed to organic and natural—and for good reason. Who knows what kind of odd chemicals these companies put in their treatments? There is a sense of security with homemade skin treatments, more so if ingredients could easily be found at home (because really, who has the time to go to weird health and oil shops in shady alleys to get the perfect skin care treatment?).
Rosemary Herb Uses and Skin Care
Rosemary is an herb most commonly used in cooking. A staple in any European kitchen and a must-have for any cook who wants to amp up flavor and scent, this herb is known for its distinct aroma, needle-like leaves and pink/purple/blue flowers. Most native to the Mediterranean region, this easy-to-grow herb is part of the mint family and only needs humidity to thrive.
But what most people don’t know is that it is literally a hidden gem in skin care. Although not as popular in the skin care field as Papaya or Aloe, this plant is one of the most commonly used herbs in skin care because of its fascinating medicinal qualities.
What Does Rosemary Contain?
Rosemary is rich in nutrients such as iron, calcium, different antioxidants and vitamins. In achieving healthy skin, the addition of it in any skin care regimen would be a big plus. This herb in its many forms—cleansers, soaps, masks and creams, is very effective for almost all skin types.
Since this herb contains powerful antioxidants, the oil extracted from it strengthens capillaries to help defy the signs of aging. It helps eliminate sagging by tightening skin. It is also a powerful stimulant when it comes to eliminating fine lines and wrinkles.
A must-have for those with oily and acne-prone skin, this herb contains astringent properties, which help reduce facial oil. It also contains disinfectant and antibiotic properties—both of which ultimately contribute to helping reduce acne problems. The oil from rosemary, when applied directly to the skin, helps lighten dark spots and blemishes thereby improving skin quality.
How to Use Rosemary
You can easily take advantage of the benefits of rosemary in your skincare. How? Well, there are many different ways.
An easy-to-do face toner with this herb can be created using the same methods when making a tea. Mix some rosemary and sage and pour boiling water over it. Cover and steep it for about 30 minutes to an hour to give the nutrients time to release. Allow it to cool, give it a good shake and apply it with a cotton ball. Make sure to follow it up with your favorite moisturizer.
Need a quick Acne treatment? Just peel a cucumber and liquefy the skin in a food processor. Add some rosemary essential oil to the mixture and whisk an egg white into the mixture. After that, spread the mixture onto your face and leave for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. Voila! A healthy solution to acne! It’s just that simple using rosemary herbs for skin care – there’s literally nothing to it!
If you really have some time on your hands, why not create a body scrub? It’s an easy mixture of coarse salt, olive oil and lavender and uses rosemary herb essential oils. The specific mix can be found just by a simple Google search, and you can experiment on different additions and fusions, just make sure to consult your dermatologist first before embarking on a new all natural based skin regimen.
Make Sure to Explore
Luckily, the Internet has a lot of recipes using rosemary herbs for skin care and other natural treatments to offer, but before trying all of them out on your face; test them out on your hand first to avoid unexpected allergies and irritation.
Of course, sometimes there’s no time to create all of these homemade treatments. Don’t worry, over the counter soaps, creams and cleansers would achieve more or less the same results. Just make sure to look for rosemary herb in the ingredients, and try to go as organic as possible.
So the next time you’re looking for a natural skin care treatment, remember that you’ll already know the rosemary herb uses that you need to know, in order to make the best skin care there is.