Topical Plants & Herbs for Glowing Skin

All the products and cosmetics we use for our skin today have in some way or another evolved from plants. Leaves, flowers, herbs, shrubs… you name it and humankind has tried to find its use in skincare. In this blog, we dive into the basics of these plants and herbs that have been helping in skincare for ages.

Mother nature’s blessed bounty is all around, and once we know a little more about some of them, our habits and choices may also become more informed. So here, let’s learn about a few amazing topical plants and herbs for glowing skin — what they are, where they come from, how are they useful for the skin, and how to use them.

1. Rose

Have you ever given those beautiful rose bouquets a second look and wondered about skincare? No, right? Of course, rose water and rose hip seed oil are common enough on cosmetic labels. But let us today delve into the vast and glorious topic of the rose as a topical plant for glowing skin.

- What is Rose?

Rose is popular as a fragrant flower but its plant is just as useful when it comes to skincare. Rose petals themselves are very fragrant and versatile, utilised extensively in cooking, perfumery and cosmetics. 

- What does it Do?

  • Rose petals are often steam distilled to extract oils, fragrances and water.
  • Rose petals are also often crushed and used in desserts, mouth freshness and other delicacies in Middle-eastern and Indian cuisines. 
  • Rose extracts and oils are used in toners, moisturisers, masks, serums and exfoliants.

- Skin Benefits:

  • Rose is rich in Vitamin C, tannins, antioxidants and glycosides. This enriches the skin with much-needed nutrition.
  • Rose petals also have a soothing and cooling property that is utilised in toners,
  • Rosehip bushes have seeds that are used for their anti-aging and skin-brightening properties. 

- How to use Rose for Skin?

  • Use it in the form of rosewater to tone your skin before any skincare regime.
  • Apply rosehip seed oil on the skin to hydrate, reduce inflammation and protect from the sun.
  • Indulge in a rose-enriched facial like the Hydrating Rose facial with Cold pH Balancer at Savarnas Beauty Spa. It has the goddess of rose petals’ natural oils and sugars and promotes moisturised skin.
  • 2. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has been called the ‘plant of youth’ in many parts of Asia. From healthcare to skincare, aloe vera is such an all-rounder that most households in Middle-east and Indian subcontinent always have an aloe vera plant in their garden. 

- What is Aloe Vera?

Aloe Vera is a succulent that has fleshy leaves. These leaves store all the sap and goodness of the plant, helping human digestion, burns, immunity and skin radiance.

- What does it Do?

  • Aloe Vera helps heal burns, soothes sunburns and also calms any rashes when topically applied to the skin.
  • It is also a great help in hydrating the skin when used as a moisturiser.
  • Since it is non-comedogenic, it doesn’t clog pores and suits oily/ acne-prone skin.
  • Its astringent properties help in healing cuts and bruises too.
  • •- Skin Benefits:
  • Aloe vera is rich in many Vitamins ranging from A, C, and E to B12 and folate. 
  • It also has many minerals like zinc, sodium, calcium and magnesium that are required for the skin cells to function well.
  • Overall, the sap of the plant when applied helps in healing skin wounds, clearing out any rashes and treating skin ailments.
  • Aloe vera also works on pimples and blemishes. 
  • •- How to use Aloe Vera for Skin?
  • Cut down the length of the aloe vera leaf, open it up, and scoop the fleshy sap.
  • Apply this sap fresh on your skin as a nigh-time routine.
  • Conversely, you can also buy marketed aloe vera gel.
  • Aloe vera-rich face wash, cleansers and moisturisers are also good. 
  • To get all the goodness of aloe vera concentrated on your face, get the Aloe Vera Glowing Facial at Savarnas Beauty Spa. With a combination of expert exfoliation, clean-up and soothing mask, you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of aloe vera for glowing skin.
  • 3. Tea

A popular herb that is a highly consumed beverage in the world, tea also helps in glowing skin when applied topically. But not just any tea. Some specific varieties of tea.

- What is Tea?

Tea is a herb that grows in mountainous areas, and the leaves are used to brew a beverage. There are 3 main types of teas:

  • Black Tea
  • Green Tea
  • Red Tea

The latter two are better suited for skincare.

- What does it Do?

  • Green and red tea are amazing anti-oxidant ingredients and hence help in pushing back aging.
  • Green tea also helps in healthy skin cell functioning due to its high levels of Vitamin E and C.
  • Red tea is strongly used to improve blood circulation, reverse skin cell damage and promote glowing skin.

- Skin Benefits:

  • High levels of catechins in green tea help in fighting aging.
  • Vitamin C, E and other antioxidants prove effective in reducing fine lines, wrinkles etc.
  • Caffeine in the teas also helps in brightening the skin.
  • Some amino acids found in tea (theanine) are soothing to work on skin healing. 

- How to use Tea for Skin?

  • Tea-infused creams, serums and sunscreens are effective in anti-aging.
  • Steeped and frozen tea bags are used as eye masks to reduce puffiness and dark circles.
  • Red tea or Rooibos is found in high-quality skincare products for toning, anti-aging and reversing signs like wrinkles and dark spots.
  • You can also get a special Anti-Oxidant Facial that is suffused with green tea and seaweed to renew skin cells, detoxify the skin and promote a fresh glow. Savarnas Beauty Spa offers this facial to combat aging, inflammation and hyperpigmentation of the under eyes.
  • •So contact Savarnas Beauty Spa now and check these facials off your list! Come and enjoy the goodness of topical plants and herbs for glowing skin.