Some of the most skin-friendly ingredients in your go-to natural skincare products are derived from nature, and more specifically, from plants. Instead of buying these products from the shelf, why not attempt to grow your own natural beauty ingredients?
To help you on your way, we’ve listed a handful of plants that promise to give your skin a much-needed boost, all of which are easy to grow and maintain.
First up is camomile, which is a popular herb used in tea. The calming effects it has on the mind also transpire to your skin. High in the skin-beneficial compound alpha-bisabolol, camomile is a popular choice for those wishing to reduce inflammation and soothe rashes, acne, and eczema.
Due to its lightening properties, this compound is also renowned for its ability to ease discoloration caused by skin ailments, such as acne and sunburn.
To use, simply brew a little chamomile tea, allow it to cool, and bathe in it. As well as helping to soothe problematic skin, this DIY body wash can help to fight wrinkles and fine lines, condition color-treated hair, and deter dark circles and puffy eyes.
Growing tips: For best results, place your camomile plant in a sun-drenched position and ensure it is watered every now and again, especially once mature. Once flowers appear, you can harvest these and use them in your daily beauty routine.
Brimming with skin-friendly minerals, vitamins and numerous other skin treats, this super hydrating, anti-inflammatory plant is renowned for its ability to increase skin cell turnover.
To use, carefully cut open the leaves, and use the gel as a skin soother, moisturizer, scalp mask, aftershave treatment or leave-in conditioners. Alternatively, add it to your morning smoothie!
Growing tips: Aloe vera enjoy the sunshine and it thrives when placed in a position that benefits from lots of light. Otherwise, it’s seen as a low-maintenance plant, provided that it gets plenty of water!
Sage is brimming with skin-boosting antioxidants; so many in fact that it’s classed as a rock star in the world of skincare products. When it comes to tackling free radicals, signs of aging, and oily, acne-prone skin, sage is your go-to.
It’s also high in calcium and vitamin A, both of which help with cell regeneration. You can use sage in your skincare routine in many ways, one of which includes creating a DIY toner. Not only does it smell divine, but it also helps to regulate your skin’s sebum production.
Is your hair in need of a little TLC? Simply boil a handful of leaves in a pan of water, allow to cool, and use as a conditioning rinse.
Growing tips: Sage can easily be grown from cuttings – a much quicker process than purchasing seeds! Place in a cool location as this plant is susceptible to mildew, and avoid adding to containers with other plants as it requires a lot of space of thriving.
From boosting collagen levels to acting as a potent moisturizer, rosemary, with its numerous free-radical fighting properties, is a big hit in the skincare world.
It’s high in skin-protecting minerals, which help to combat the effects of external damage, such as sun exposure while also assisting with skin elasticity.
To use at home, dilute rosemary oil with a little water to create a DIY astringent lotion, which promises to help fight acne. Alternatively, massage the oil into your scalp to increase hair growth and combat dandruff.
Growing tips: Rosemary thrives in bright light and cool temperatures.
This herb is equally relaxing for your mind as it is for your skin. It can be used as an antiseptic, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, which promise to soothe inflamed, irritated skin. This makes it a great product for those who suffer from dermatitis or extremely dry skin.
The flowers can be used in fresh or dried form and added to toners, creams and facial steams. Asides from smelling divine, lavender skincare products promise to heighten circulation and soothe your skin.
Growing tips: For best results, avoid placing in an area prone to excessive humidity and moisture, which means providing your plant with excellent air circulation and drainage. Pruning the leaves is a must and will encourage further growth.
According to scientific studies, thyme is one of the most effective herbs to use when it comes to combatting acne. Why? It is said to be Mother Nature’s anti-bacterial blemish defense.
For best results, infuse with hydrating witch hazel or green tea to create a strong acne-fighting toner. To make a mask, combine it with cosmetic clay, such as bentonite.
Growing tips: This is another herb that can be grown from an established plant. All it requires is a trim every now and again and a little water.
If you suffer from acne, mint is a natural pimple-fighter. This is down to the salicylic acid it contains, which helps to combat excessive oil production – one of the biggest causes of acne.
It’s also anti-pruritic, which makes it a great skincare tool for those who suffer from irritated, infected skin. Other uses include using mint as a foot soak to combat dry, cracked feet, or as a DIY paste to treat spots.
When mixed with honey and oatmeal, it instantly becomes a homemade face mask. Alternatively, create a cooling, soothing astringent by boiling mint leaves with water and allowing them to cool.
Growing tips: Mint requires little maintenance; in fact, it likes to be left to its own devices. Provided that the soil is moist and it gets plenty of water, it will grow rapidly.
Calendula boasts extremely high levels of carotenoids and flavonoids, both of which are powerful antioxidants. From fine lines to chapped lips, this herb boasts numerous uses.
It can even assist in healing wounds, plumping skin, and the prevention of inflammation. One of the easiest ways to use calendula involves soaking in a bath that you have added the flower heads to.
Growing tips: This plant requires little fuss and is fairly self-sustaining, provided that it is placed in a cool, shady spot.
Sources: mindbodygreen.com, essentialhomeandgarden.com