The ABCs of Herbal Ingredients

Here are the most popular herb ingredients used in skincare. // Photo credit: marilyna/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Herbs offer a variety of benefits that support the body’s internal systems, as well as the skin—the body’s largest organ, according to Shannon Esau, director of sales and education at Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals. But, beyond the health benefits, they also provide clients with a sensorial experience when used in the treatment room and in aromatherapy. “Depending on the herb used, it can have a relaxing, energizing, or a cleansing effect,” says Esau. Here’s a look at some of the most commonly used herbs in skincare today:

Basil – Known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Calendula – Speeds up the healing of wounds, soothes eczema and other skin conditions, and helps skin to look and feel healthier.


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Chamomile – Calms the skin and aids in digestion.

Evening Primrose – Regulates skin cell functions; improves moisture absorption; helps cool, decongest, and calm skin; and sharpens the mind.

Lavender – Helps treat problematic skin conditions, such as acne and eczema, due to its natural antibacterial and soothing properties and reduces anxiety, improves healing, and aids in cell renewal.

Lemongrass – Features antiseptic and astringent properties and minimizes pores and brightens skin.

Oregano – Provides exfoliating and antibacterial benefits.

Peppermint – Known for its cooling and soothing properties and helps to invigorate the senses.

Rosemary – Helps in the healing of wounds as it improves blood circulation and supports skin regeneration.

Sage – Slows down and reverses the signs of aging and offers skin protection from free radicals.

Turmeric – Reduces acne and calms the skin.

Willow Herb – A natural alternative to hydrocortisone with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.


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