Five herbs for skincare

Now you’ve heard a lot about the amazing properties of herbs, but don’t know how or why to include them in your skincare regime. Here’s a handy guide.

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Whether it’s redness and inflammation from the sun, or beard burn the morning after, your skin is bound to need some soothing. This natural anti-inflammatory herb, which reduces rashes in a jiffy, is easy to use. Steep a teabag in hot water for about a minute. This releases its active enzymes. Then chill it in the fridge, and rub the chilled teabag all over the face for a calming DIY facial.

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Other than being useful to treat scars, eucalyptus is also a great mosquito repellent. The simplest way to use eucalyptus is in an essential oil. Dab it gently on wounds, or apply a thin film across exposed skin if you’re trying to protect against insect – especially mosquito – bites. This natural remedy comes with none of the side effects associated with its chemical counterparts.

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Have you got insect bites, rashes or allergies? Calendula is a powerful herb that can instantly cure any of these. It balances sebaceous glands and the skin’s PH levels. Calendula is best used as a nappy rash balm or salve for babies, or in a cream to treat your own acne and skin problems. You can even use calendula-based body washes for clearer and infection-free skin.